Marlins’ Cousins speaks out about Posey injury
Florida Marlins rookie Scott Cousins has been receiving death
threats despite repeatedly apologizing for a collision with San
Francisco Giants star Buster Posey.
The collision at home plate on May 25 left Posey with a broken
bone in his lower left leg and three torn ligaments in his ankle.
He’s had surgery and is done for the season.
Giants general manager Brian Sabean criticized Cousins on his
weekly radio show on KNBR this week, calling the play malicious and
unnecessary. Sabean also said ”if I never hear from Cousins again,
or he doesn’t play another day in the big leagues, I think we’ll
all be happy.”
”He chose to be a hero, in my mind,” Sabean said. ”If that’s
his flash of fame, that’s as good as it’s going to get, pal. We’ll
have a long memory.”
Those comments got the attention of Major League Baseball, and
executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre spoke
with Sabean on Friday. The Giants also issued a statement saying
Sabean’s comments were made out of frustration, and the GM was
trying to reach Cousins.
”We intend to move beyond conversations about last week’s
incident and focus our attention on Buster’s full recovery and on
defending our World Series title,” the team said in the
Cousins also issued a statement Friday and apologized again for
”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 the
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.”
Cousins said he’s tried to contact Posey but has been
”I do believe, however, that the play was clean and totally
within the rules of the game,” Cousins said. ”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
”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
Giants president Larry Baer he spoke with Marlins president
David Samson on Friday regarding Sabean’s comments. Baer also said
Sabean talked to Florida GM Larry Beinfest and tried calling
Cousins himself but was unsuccessful.
”It’s still a pretty raw emotional time for us,” Baer said.
”I mean, to lose (Posey) for the season, a guy who means so much
to us. Having said that, we’re looking forward and we’re looking
forward to Buster’s recovery. We’re certainly out of the business
of talking about the incident and revisiting it other than we think
it’s healthy dialogue to talk about what can be done to protect the
Posey felt Cousins could have slid around him but also said it
was a legal play.
Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison came to Cousins’ defense
during an interview Friday on Siruis/XM radio, calling Sabean
”wildly unprofessional” for calling out his teammate.
”When has he played in the big leagues? When has he played in
the minor leagues?” Morrison said. ”Correct me if I’m wrong, but
he’s never been in a situation like that. It’s terrible.
”Why would you wish anything like that on anybody?” Morrison
continued. ”He’s getting death threats from people. This is his
hometown, San Francisco. He’s worried about his family and his
friends that are there. And now (Sabean) is going to make comments
like that? It’s ignorant, it’s inappropriate and he has no idea
what the hell he’s talking about.”
Florida manager Edwin Rodriguez said before Friday’s game
against the Milwaukee Brewers that he doesn’t have to defend his
young outfielder because Cousins didn’t do anything wrong.
”As a team we don’t have anything to say,” Rodriguez said.
”If people want to keep talking about that, let them talk.”
The Giants visit the Marlins for a three-game series in