SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Buster Posey would like to clear up one thing about his property landing on a list of excessive water users in the drought-ravaged San Francisco bay area: The Giants catcher said he worked with landscapers to take appropriate measures to save water before he and his wife moved into their suburban home in 2013.
"We take the water stuff extremely serious," he said Thursday before his first spring-training workout. "As soon as we moved into our home there, our landscapers made adjustments, like changing the sprinkler system to drip, trying to be more efficient. My wife and I are very cognizant about showers and whatnot."
He was charged a penalty by East Bay Municipal Utility District, which said by law it must release the names of customers on such lists when a public records request is made. Posey and wife Kristen live in Lafayette, California — in the East Bay hills — along with their 4-year-old twins, Lee and Addison. The Poseys haven't been on any subsequent excessive water use lists since that one time in December. They were listed for using 272 units of water over the 59-day billing cycle.
EBMUD spokeswoman Andrea Pook said an average single family household uses approximately 250 gallons per day.
Posey called it "unfortunate" that EBMUD "wanted to try and embarrass people." Pook said that has never been the intent. Media outlets chose to publish the list of excessive users, she said.
Billy Beane, the Athletics' executive vice president of baseball operations, was on the same December list for excessive water use at his Danville, Calif., home and faced a penalty. He has cut back on his usage, the team said.
ANGELS: Slugger Albert Pujols, who had November right foot surgery, is not expected to be ready for the April 4 opener against the Cubs.
Diamondbacks: The team exercised the 2017 option of manager Chip Hale.
Royals: GM Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost signed contract extensions. Moore's terms were not disclosed. Yost is now signed through 2018.