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Giants GM: If Scott Cousins “never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we’ll all be happy…”

Jun 2, 2011, 8:19 PM EDT

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The Giants are still plenty upset about the late-May collision at home plate that caused an early end to catcher Buster Posey‘s 2011 season.

Earlier this week, Giants manager Bruce Bochy reached out to Joe Torre, who now serves as Major League Baseball’s vice president of baseball operations, and lobbied for a rule change.

Now Giants general manager Brian Sabean is targeting Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins, who inflicted the damage on Posey last Tuesday.

According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, Sabean told Ralph Barbieri and Tom Tolbert on the San Francisco-based KNBR this afternoon that Cousins was “malicious” in launching himself at Posey. And it gets much harsher:

“If I never hear from Cousins again or he never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we’ll all be happy. He chose to be a hero in my mind, and if that’s his flash of fame, that’s as good as it’s going to get, pal. We’ll have a long memory. Believe me, we’ve talked to (Mike) Matheny about how this game works. You can’t be that out-and-out overly aggressive. I’ll put it as politically as I can state it: There’s no love lost and there shouldn’t be.”

It’s fine for Sabean to be upset about the situation and to defend one of his young stars, but calling out a player on another team and rooting for that player to have a short career is certainly crossing the line.


UPDATE: Cousins’ agent, Matt Sosnick, has now responded to Sabean’s comments. “I’d say Brian’s opinion is in the vast minority in baseball,” he told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News.

  1. thefuzziestkitty - Jun 3, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    How many times and in how many posts must we have these exact same discussions until we all realize that no one will change their mind?

    People say silly things when they’re emotional. We all do it. But unlike us, when you’re famous, people actually listen to you when you’re being emotional. That doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be scolded, of course not. However, if you chastise this man, please reconsider the things you yell when someone cuts you off in traffic.

    Specifically, he is haphazardly pinning blame of a rough occurrence, something that is all too common. I wish he would identify that the culture of baseball as the problem, not the players said culture produces. As Billy Beane’s recent words suggested, if your team is not okay with certain aspects, coach alternatives to the players. A hundred plus years of clueless bravado ingrained in a culture is difficult to overturn, but at least someone that disagrees with the standard knows how to fight it.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 3, 2011 at 10:24 PM

      I guess some people give the finger, whereas other people wish death upon the person, and bring up the incident over the next 7 days, including on the radio during an interview. To each his own.

    • pjmarn6 - Jun 4, 2011 at 9:59 PM

      This is from a site on “BLOCKING THE PLATE” on the internet: The contents of this is taught every boy who plays organized baseball:
      TechniqueAny time there is a close play at home plate, meaning the ball and runner reach the plate at the same time, the catcher squats in front of the plate to block a clear path. Unless he is willing to be tagged out, the runner who is faced with a blocked plate has two choices. He can:

      1.Attempt to slide around the catcher and avoid being tagged, or,
      2.Collide with the catcher with such force that the catcher has no chance of keeping possession of the ball.
      The catcher soon becomes aware of which option the runner will choose. If the runner slides, the catcher will make a sweeping motion with his glove to quickly tag the runner out. Otherwise, the catcher must do everything he can to brace for the impact and keep the ball in his glove.
      If you review the tape, the ball clearly beat cousins to the plate. Posey missed catching the ball. Cousins can see that and if you watch the slow motion of the play Posey turns into the running Cousins. Now in that instant nobody knows where the ball is and both Posey who turns into Cousins and Cousins appear to believe Posey has the ball. If so Cousins is OUT!
      As you read above the runner should 2.Collide with the catcher with such force that the catcher has no chance of keeping possession of the ball. And Cousins did that! A slide and if Posey has the ball all he has to do is stick out the glove and tag Cousins as he tries to slide under Posey. If you look at a different angle of the play close up from the first base side, you see that Posey’s left foot is twisted. It appears that the leading cleat on the left shoe is dug into the dirt. With the force of the collision and his left foot held to the ground, the injury occurs.
      According to what these men were taught from little league up they both played the game properly and if the foot was straight or Posey learning forward there would have been no injury.

  2. nyyankeedave - Jun 3, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    @yettyskills – Shut the F*#k up, Yetty, ya low life. You sound like one of these douches who like piling on. I hear this type of garbage all the time from Red Sox fans, when one my Yankees go down. Root against the team on the field instead of takin’ cheap personal shots. And don’t pray for a guy’s career to be over. You dick.

  3. sharksfan754 - Jun 4, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Maybe he shouldve consulted matheny before siging zito to that awful deal

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