Sabean critical of Cousins for hit on Posey

Sabean critical of Cousins for hit on Posey

Sabean critical of Cousins for hit on Posey
ST. LOUIS -- Giants general manager Brian Sabean made some pointed remarks Thursday about Scott Cousins, the Marlins outfielder involved in the May 25 home-plate collision that ended catcher Buster Posey's season.

During his periodic appearance on "The Razor and Mr. T." show on KNBR-680 AM, the Giants' flagship station, Sabean sympathized with Posey's refusal to return Cousins' apologetic phone message. Despite having a clear path to home plate, Cousins plowed into Posey, the reigning National League Rookie of the Year, who sustained a fractured left leg and torn ankle ligaments that required surgery.

"I don't blame [Posey]," Sabean said. "Why not be hard-nosed? If I never hear from Cousins again or he never plays another day in the big leagues, I think we'll all be happy."

Later during the interview, co-host Ralph Barbieri asked Sabean whether his remarks weren't somewhat harsh.

"Well, no," Sabean replied. "[Cousins] chose to be a hero in my mind, and if that's his flash of fame, then that's as good as it's gonna get, pal. We'll have a long memory. We've talked to [former catcher Mike] Matheny and how this game works. You can't be that out-and-out overly aggressive; let's put it that way. I'll put it as politically as I can state it. There is no love lost, and there shouldn't be."

Cousins responded to Sabean's comments through his agent, Matt Sosnick, on Friday.

"I hope and believe that Mr. Sabean's comments were made in the heat of the moment and are based more on his fondness for Buster Posey than on any animosity towards me," Cousins said in a statement. "This situation is still an open wound for many, including myself. As I have stated previously, nobody outside of Buster feels worse about his injury than I do. I have reached out to Buster to let him know how badly I feel about his being injured during our collision at home plate.

"I do believe, however, that the play was clean and totally within the rules of the game. Explaining over and over that I would never intentionally hurt another player for any reason won't change the minds of those who doubt my sincerity or intent. I have a responsibility to myself, my teammates and my organization to play the game hard. This is what has gotten me to the big leagues, and hopefully this is what will keep me here. Please understand and respect that these are my only comments on the incident."

Sabean also said he's "sure" that Posey will continue to catch when he resumes playing, rather than make a much-speculated position switch. Sabean added that Giants manager Bruce Bochy spoke to Joe Torre, Major League Baseball's vice president of baseball operations, to discuss potential rule changes to protect catchers. Torre, Sabean related, will "take some things under advisement and see what they can come up with."

Torre plans to call Sabean regarding his comments, a source told ESPN on Friday.