Let’s relive the moment from last week when Buster Posey was injured on a collision at home plate. In the twelfth inning of a San Francisco Giants and Florida Marlins game, rookie Scott Cousins tagged up on a sacrifice fly. Posey waited on the throw from the outfield, partially blocking home plate. As the throw came in, Posey didn’t get a good grip on it and Cousins barreled into him to put the Marlins ahead 7-6 and eventually win the game.
There’s some dispute over how much space Cousins had to slide around Posey, but in the time it took Cousins to make a decision on his route to home plate, Posey could’ve caught the ball and shut down that space. There’s no doubt that it was a hard collision, but an accepted one, if not by the written rules of the game, then certainly by the expressed tradition of the game.
Any problems people may have with the play are likely caused by Posey’s injury and little else. If the Giants catcher walked away with merely a rung bell, we probably wouldn’t have heard much more about it. Unfortunately, Posey broke his leg and tore three tendons in the collision. He planted himself poorly and didn’t properly brace for the coming impact.
You can reasonably suggest that a rule guarding against such collisions needs to be more thoroughly enforced or that home plate collisions are a completely unnecessary part of the game, but you can’t say that Scott Cousins was in the wrong for doing what has been an accepted practice in baseball for several years.
That is, unless you’re San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean.
Why not be hard nosed? If I never hear from Cousins again or he never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we’ll all be happy.
He chose to be a hero in my mind, and if that’s his flash of fame, that’s as good as it’s going to get, pal. We’ll have a long memory. Believe me, we’ve talked to (former catcher Mike) Matheny about how this game works. You can’t be that out-and-out overly aggressive. I’ll put it as politically as I can state it: There’s no love lost and there shouldn’t be.
For his part, Cousins has repeatedly apologized for the resulting injury, expressing several times that his intention was never to injure Posey. Unfortunately, this hasn’t stopped weak minded morons like Sabean from inciting violence and even taking it a step further with death threats.
According to Cousins’ agent:
What Cousins did was not malicious. A statement that anyone makes implying that he did something on purpose to be hurtful or malicious to Posey is untrue. Those people are misinformed. You can’t determine on a replay if there was a sliding lane for him to get into. It’s impossible.
I’d say Brian’s opinion is in the vast minority in baseball. I can understand the disappointment that Posey is out. I’m disappointed. My family is disappointed and I don’t even represent him. I can just tell you that if you know Scott Cousins, you know it was certainly not intentional.
And The Rest
With the MLB amateur draft coming up, the Wall Street Journal looks at the curse of the number three pick.
MLB’s players of the month are as follows: Jose Bautista (AL), Jay Bruce (NL), Jeremy Hellickson (AL Pitcher, AL Rookie), Jair Jurrjens (NL Pitcher) and Justin Turner (NL Rookie).
According to Ken Rosenthal, not only could the New York Mets keep Jose Reyes and David Wright, but the New York Mets should keep Jose Reyes and David Wright.
Is it time for the Chicago Cubs to consider a regime change? Um, yes.
Is it time for Brandon Webb to consider a career change? The pitcher was shut down again during his rehab.
A-Rod’s druggie cousin isn’t allowed to be alone with members of the Yankees.
Paul DePodesta is so immersed in the upcoming draft that he’s only been speaking in binary for the last week.
Peter Moylan has the nicest legs in baseball.
What the Florida Marlins are accomplishing is basically being done without the benefit of their best player.
Joe Sheehan has compiled the all disappointment team, a club filled with all the players you expected more from this season.
The owners of the Oakland Athletics are either completely oblivious to the team’s fans or, perhaps more likely, completely aware, but simultaneously completely uninterested.
True story: Ken Griffey Sr. is managing a Single A team.
The Tampa Bay Rays are either preparing for a trip into Seattle or have discovered a time machine that no one else would want near.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are in a ton of debt? Ain’t no thang but a chicken wang. So are eight other teams.
Joe Posnanski uses Jose Bautista to talk about the frustration of the intentional walk.
Kei Igawa can’t even get batters out at Double A.
It’s The Brian Wilson Show by The Batting Stance Guy:
Besides, Brian Wilson is so 2010. Luke Rasmussen is the new real deal: