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

statement.

Cousins also issued a statement Friday and apologized again for

the collision.

”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

unsuccessful.

”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

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.”

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

player.”

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

August.