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Posey’s inaction during brawl catches flak and praise on social media

Players from the Giants and Washington Nationals brawl in the eighth inning Monday in San Francisco. At left, away from the crowd, is Giants catcher Buster Posey.
Players from the Giants and Washington Nationals brawl in the eighth inning Monday in San Francisco. At left, away from the crowd, is Giants catcher Buster Posey. The Associated Press

A fight on the diamond sparked headlines, but the biggest debate seems to be over a player who took no part in it.

The Giants’ Buster Posey is catching both criticism and praise for refusing to intervene in the fight that occurred between reliever Hunter Strickland and Washington outfielder Bryce Harper during the Nationals’ 3-0 victory Monday at AT&T Park.

With two outs in the top of the eighth inning, Harper stepped into the box with his team leading 2-0.

The first pitch Harper saw from Strickland was a 98 mph offering that plunked him in the right hip.

An enraged Harper charged the mound, threw his helmet (he was way off target with the toss) and the two exchanged punches as the benches cleared.

All the while, Posey stayed away of the crowd.

Defenders say that the All-Star backstop – who has an injury history and is widely considered the Giants’ most important player – was smart to stay out of it. Those critical of Posey’s inaction say a catcher must protect his pitcher, no matter what.

Baseball fans across the country are giving their take on the issue:

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