The San Francisco Giants released a statement on GM Brian Sabean's harsh comments on a radio show Thursday, saying that Sabean was only speaking out of frustration and did not mean to vilify Cousins.
Really? All Sabean did was blame the outfielder for wrecking Buster Posey's career and say that he and the team would be happy if Cousins never played in the majors again and warn the Marlins outfielder that he should be careful the next time the two teams meet up. There's no wiggling out of Sabean's comments, but the Giants organization is certainly trying:
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.How hard do you think Sabean's teeth gritted when he called Cousins?
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.
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