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Scott Cousins’ agent responds to Brian Sabean’s comments, says client has been getting death threats

Jun 2, 2011, 10:23 PM EDT

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Matt Sosnick, the agent for Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins, has responded to the harsh comments that Giants GM Brian Sabean made about his client Thursday afternoon on a San Francisco radio station.

Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News has all the goods from Sosnick, who said Cousins has been receiving death threats since the late-May collision that ended Buster Posey‘s season.

Sosnick also claims that Cousins has tried to apologize directly to Posey on several occasions but has been denied access to the young star catcher.

“What Cousins did was not malicious,” Sosnick said. “A statement that anyone makes implying that he did something on purpose to be hurtful or malicious to Posey is untrue. Those people are misinformed. You can’t determine on a replay if there was a sliding lane for him to get into. It’s impossible.”

“I’d say Brian’s opinion is in the vast minority in baseball. I can understand the disappointment that Posey is out. I’m disappointed. My family is disappointed and I don’t even represent him. I can just tell you that if you know Scott Cousins, you know it was certainly not intentional.”

The Giants and Marlins meet up again in early August for a three-game series. If Cousins is still on Florida’s active roster — he’s batting just .159/.245/.250 in 49 plate appearances — there could be fireworks.

  1. nyyankeedave - Jun 3, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Agree with cur68. This isn’t a forum for homophobics! Stay on topic, this is a sports site. A SPORTS SITE!! If you’ve got deep seeded issues like reggie’s bush, trickybastard, sasquash and others, you probably shouldn’t be here. You should be seeking psychiatric help. Seriously, it’s 2011. Grow up.

  2. domination83 - Jun 3, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Sabean is a CLOWN. What an unprofessional loser. It was unfortunate what happened but it was a freak occurence on a routine collision. If you don’t want to get run over then don’t block the plate. If you’re afraid of contact then go play golf. The reaction from this clown is ridiculous. This is major league baseball played by grown men not ten year olds in a little league. And the fans sending death threats to him are ridiculous. Probably fut ugly middle aged loseres with no life. Yes Posey was the heart and soul of your team and your season is most likely over but get over it. Collisions happen in baseball if you clowns want to demand they change the rules now then just watch figure skating because this is ridiculous. What a bunch of morons.

  3. nyyankeedave - Jun 3, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    The NFL makes rule changes EVERY YEAR that benefits the safety of their players. How’s that working for them? Oh yeah, even amidst the lockout, THE NFL IS THE #1 SPORTS LEAGUE IN THE COUNTRY!! Stop making excuses, and tweak the rules a bit, MLB, so we can stop talking about this already.

    • domination83 - Jun 3, 2011 at 11:50 AM

      Yeah lets just make it an automatic force play at the plate….

      No thanks…..

    • nps6724 - Jun 3, 2011 at 11:50 AM

      Because rule changes are why the NFL is #1 in sports, right?

      How often is a catcher significantly injured on a collision at the plate? A couple times a year? Maybe? That’s not really enough to warrant a rule change. Should we also get rid of fastballs because every once in a while someone gets hurt by one high and inside?

      If anything, they should eliminate maple bats if they want to make the game safer.

      • Vincent - Jun 3, 2011 at 1:04 PM

        Those bat shards’ll getcha.

  4. trickybastard - Jun 3, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Let’s do an official poll using the thumbs up/thumbs down.

    Who like the new nickname Busted Pussy?

    • domination83 - Jun 3, 2011 at 11:48 AM

      Its not Posey whining.

    • Vincent - Jun 3, 2011 at 1:15 PM

      Hey look at me! I have nothing insightful to say! Oh, and I thought of what I think is a pretty clever nickname 3 HOURS AGO.

      trickybastard- please, for the sake of the kids, grow up.

  5. canucks18 - Jun 3, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Each and every one of you has failed to mention the fact that this collision turned ugly due to 2 things, 1- Buster wasn’t expecting the collision, therefore not in a good position to take the impact. 2- Cousins being a little overagressive when he did have some room to get to the plate. When you run over a catcher NO PLAYER ever wants to end the guys season. Give Cousins a break and enough with the grammer and spelling lessons.

  6. gabrielelijah - Jun 3, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    As a Braves fan, I can remember when Darren Erstad killed Jonny Estrada at home plate—while Estrada was no Posey—he was hitting around .300 for us that year & up until that point was probably the most productive hitter on the team—but once he got that concussion he was never the same player, and his offensive production fell off the table—yet not once did the Brave’s GM publicly attack Erstad, demand a rule change, or villianize an opposing player so much that he’d never be welcome back in their town again! Posey needs to man up & publicly fix this thing! Yes Buster you lost 1 season—but the guy who did it to you—lost his hometown, his personal security, & possibly his future career! He’s tried to apologize to you— now be a big boy & accept it—before things really get ugly!

    • bigdicktater - Jun 3, 2011 at 3:52 PM

      I don’t think Posey has to “man up”. He said that it wasn’t an illegal play. End of his part of this story (for now). He’s not responsible for anything said by Bochy, Sabean or anyone else. He will not be responsible if Cousins gets plunked either.

    • okokyourewrong - Jun 3, 2011 at 8:03 PM

      So your point is if the Braves organization wouldve stood up for their player we wouldn’t be having this conversation right now.

  7. Vincent - Jun 3, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    I figured it out.

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