The San Francisco Giants issued a press release this afternoon trying to "clarify" General Manager Brian Sabean's comments about the recent collision at home plate which ended catcher Buster Posey's season.
Scott Cousins of the Florida Marlins bowled over Posey in a play at the plate in a game last week at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Posey suffered a broken bone in his left leg and torn ligments in his ankle. The play has stoked a major debate among baseball people: should the rules be changed to eliminate those kinds of collisions?
In addition to that debate, there is discussion about Cousin's intentions. Did he try to hurt Posey? Could he have avoided the collision? Sabean stoked that debate with comments on KNBR radio calling the hit by Cousins "malicious". He said, "If I never hear from Cousins again or if he never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we'll all be happy. Sabean added, "We'll have a long memory.", which some interpret as a threat to get even with Cousins.
Earlier today, Cousins told reporters he is getting death threats, and Major League Baseball indicated someone from the MLB front office would contact Sabean to discuss his comments.
Here is the entire press release from the Giants, received by FOX at about 5:15 this afternoon.
STATEMENT FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS – POSEY INJURY
"This is a very emotional time for the Giants organization and our fans. We lost for the season one of our best players to a serious injury and we are doing everything we can to support Buster Posey through this very difficult time. We appreciate Scott Cousins’ outreach to Buster Posey and to the Giants organization.
"Brian Sabean’s comments yesterday were said out of frustration and out of true concern for Buster and were not meant to vilify Scott Cousins. Brian has been in contact with Florida Marlins General Manager Larry Beinfest to clarify his comments and to assure him that there is no ill-will toward the player. He has also reached out to Scott Cousins directly.
"The issue of catcher safety is a complicated one.There are a number of differing opinions around the circumstances of last week’s collision and about what baseball should do to prevent serious injuries in the future. This issue goes far beyond last week’s incident as there have been a number of recent collision-involved injuries.
"We have been in contact with Joe Torre, Major League Baseball’s executive vice president for baseball operations, and have asked for a thorough examination of this issue for the health and safety of all players.
"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."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times