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Billy Beane issues home plate directive

Updated: June 1, 2011, 11:23 AM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

Oakland general manager Billy Beane became the first MLB executive to issue a directive to a catcher on his team in the aftermath of the home-plate collision that ended the season of Giants catcher Buster Posey.

Beane told A's catcher Kurt Suzuki he wanted him to avoid putting himself in harm's way.

"I said to him, 'I don't want you planting yourself in front of the plate waiting to get creamed. You're an athletic catcher -- be athletic,' " Beane told ESPN.

"I don't subscribe ...

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