Posey could be stuff of Cooperstown

Unless Kansas City fans find a way to vote a Royals catcher onto the National League team — hey, Balls is serious — Buster Posey will start in the All-Star Game next month. That would mark his third appearance in the last four years, another gold star on a résumé that could be worthy of Hall of Fame consideration one day.

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina is widely considered to be the standard for National League catchers this millennium. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer, some contend. Yet while very few will argue that Molina has no peer defensively, Posey has him beat in virtually every offensive category. Posey also is a former Most Valuable Player and batting champion and three-time World Series winner.

There are a lot of variables involved in Hall of Fame projections, namely, health and longevity. There’s also the question of how much longer the 28-year-old Posey will remain a fixture behind the plate. His career numbers wouldn’t be nearly as impressive at first base or in the outfield.

But if Posey puts up 2,000 hits and 250 home runs with catcher as his primary position — and the milestones appear to be within reach — then he’s certain to be in Cooperstown one day. Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra, Gary Carter and Carlton Fisk are the only catchers to achieve those magic numbers in baseball history.

For what it’s worth, Baseball Reference says Posey’s numbers are most similar to those of Gabby Hartnett at a comparable age. Hartnett is one of 16 catchers who have Hall of Fame plaques.

NO JOY IN MUDVILLE: After the Giants demoted Casey McGehee for the second time in two months on Tuesday, it was safe to say they made a $4.8-million mistake to sign him last offseason.

How bad was once-mighty Casey this season? So bad that, with double plays counted as two outs, he had a .190 batting average and two home runs in 49 games.

ANY YEAR NOW: Balls’ boring friends didn’t watch the United States roll it up on Germany in the Women’s World Cup on Tuesday. There’s more scoring on honeymoons, one wise arse said.

Yeah, we’ll see who’s laughing when soccer becomes the Sport of the ’90s, pal.

JUST ASKIN’: So how does Riley Curry really feel about her father being the fifth-highest-paid player on the Warriors roster?

SWINGING A’S STILL AT IT: If ever a family was meant for a sports reality show, then Jose Canseco and company are the ones.

On Monday, Jose’s twin brother Ozzie was named hitting coach of the Sioux Falls Canaries in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. Ozzie hit .105 in nine games with the Athletics a while back, which makes him eminently qualified for the position.

Yet let there be no doubt who’s the star of this show. Jose will turn 51 shortly, but he still packs the body of a 30-year-old because, uh, he spends a lot of time in the gym, of course.

Ever the loose cannon, Jose blew off his left middle finger while cleaning a firearm in his Las Vegas home last fall. He claimed someone had recorded the incident and sold the video that “looks kinda funny” to his agent. Not as funny was the fact that the bullet narrowly missed his wife, which her husband tearfully recounted in a television interview.

When last seen a few days ago, Canseco still was flailing away, this time for the Pittsburg Diamonds as a guest designated hitter. He struck out a bunch of times and threw knuckleballs for two innings in mop-up role.

Then there’s Josie Canseco, Jose’s teen-aged daughter. Two months ago, the model was arrested on a DUI charge in Hollywood early one morning, when police saw her car hit a curb. They suspected she was under the influence of drugs at the time of her arrest. Josie responded with a colorful tweet to her fans.

Anyway, Balls is thinkin’ something along the lines of “Oh, No, It’s the Cansecos!”

FUTURE TENSE: At face value, the Sharks did well to acquire kid defenseman Jeremy Roy and the rights to goalie Martin Jones this week.

But the question persists, Has general manager Doug Wilson mortgaged too much of the future for a team in a rebuild mode?

It took a pair of second-rounders and a sixth-rounder to move up eight spots and land Roy in the second round. A 2016 first-round pick and former fifth-rounder Sean Kuraly went to the Boston Bruins in return for Jones, 25, who still had to be signed as a restricted free agent.

Jones has made only 34 NHL appearances in his career, but he better be very good. Because the Sharks gave up a likely top 10 draft pick to get him.

MOVE IT OR LOSE IT: Raiders owner Mark Davis was back in Los Angeles on Tuesday, when he met with bigwigs about their Carson stadium plan. Which told you what he thought of the cockamanie proposal submitted by businessman Floyd Kephart to Oakland officials a few days earlier.

WHERE HAVE YOU GONE… Josh Donaldson?

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