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Posey speaks to reporters, not happy with Cousins

Posted on: May 27, 2011 5:04 pm
Edited on: May 27, 2011 5:27 pm
By Matt Snyder

Scott Cousins of the Marlins barrelled over Giants catcher Buster Posey in a home plate collision that broke Posey's leg two nights ago. Since then, the talk of baseball has centered around the play -- namely, if there should be more protection for catchers and a discussion of whether the hit was dirty. Every dimension has been covered ad nauseam, but we hadn't heard from Posey himself. Until now.

Friday afternoon, Posey spoke to some Giants' beat writers and -- while remaining respectful -- he doesn't sound pleased with Cousins. Posey believes he left a lane for Cousins to slide into home plate without contact and that "[Cousins] chose to come at me." (Andrew Baggerly via Twitter)

Posey also reportedly said plays like this should be reviewed by the league and the players union and that he's not interested in talking to Cousins (Hank Schulman via Twitter), who has reportedly left several messages with Posey that haven't been returned.

“I don’t know if it really matters. If it’s something that would make him feel better … I can imagine if I was on the other end, that would be just about as difficult to know that a play you were involved in has more than likely put somebody out for the rest of the year. But again, I’m kind of indifferent, I guess.” (Extra Baggs)

Posey also said of Cousins, "I want to make this very clear: I don’t know Cousins, I’m not out to villify Cousins in any way whatsoever. It happened and it’s over with."

As for his own recovery, Posey expressed that he is likely out for the season. It's a sentiment that was reported, but then there seemed to be some hope he might make it back when it was revealed there was no damage to his knee.

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Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2011 7:20 pm

Best ever homeplate collision? Bundy/Shephouse

I take you to Bundy on the base paths. A little dribbler hit by Pence. Bundy, needing to score to tie the game, lowers his head into the toughest catcher in the league and takes out Mrs. Shephouse....separating her shoulder and ending her career.  Once again, Bundy, MVP.

Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: May 27, 2011 7:18 pm

Posey speaks to reporters, not happy with Cousins

I think Posey would have been in a better situation, if he would have went to one knee down, or stayed on his feet as long as possible. Once he went to both knee's down, he left himself in a more vulnerable position. Not that he wouldnt have gotten injured, if he were to have stayed on his feet, but his lateral ability to lunge, and possibly twist with the contact could have prevented this serious of an injury. Who's to know, a bang bang, tag play always has it's risk. We all love that kid, and I have a sick feeling knowing he may never be the same.

Since: May 6, 2011
Posted on: May 27, 2011 7:18 pm

Posey speaks to reporters, not happy with Cousins

Posey was in front of home plate not blocking it. No reason why
Cousins did not avoid hurling himself into Posey and trying to slide around him.
I do not think the rules should be changed but Cousins should get beamed for an
intentional act that was non-malicious. For all of you un-educated peons that
means Cousins ran into him on purpose to knock the ball loose but he did not
try to injure Posey. So the next time they play have your pitcher throw a 98
mph fast ball into Cousins rib cage and call it even.       

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2011 7:18 pm

Posey speaks to reporters, not happy with Cousins

We all know Posey would have done the exact same thing.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2011 7:17 pm

Posey speaks to reporters, not happy with Cousins

Guys don't worry, Posey has 5 months to chill out. He should be happy he got ran over by Scott Cousins and not Nyjer Morgan, because you know Morgan would have knocked that knee up his rear end and then joked about it afterward and call Posey a weak punk.

Cousins is a very classy guy. These are 2 of the top teams in the National League in a close ball game. What else do you expect to happen on a play at the plate with a fast guy running against one of the best outfield arms in the game with the best catcher in the game? Of course they're going at it hard.

Since: Apr 26, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2011 7:14 pm

Posey speaks to reporters, not happy with Cousins

First of all he left a lane for him.  Second, you are morons who think Posey is soft.  I would love to see you get hammered at the plate

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2011 7:06 pm

Posey speaks to reporters, not happy with Cousins

its pretty simple...the baseball rules state a catcher cannot block the plate without the ball....allthough it is rarely enforced....had posey not been blocking the plate without the ball this never happens.....if you choose to put yourselfbetween the runner and home plate you run the risk of a collision...and injury.....dont cry or try to blame the runner when it happens..

Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2011 7:06 pm

Posey speaks to reporters, not happy with Cousins

There is no need for a rule change.... Buster should stop crying and take up softball with his sister

Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2011 7:03 pm

Posey speaks to reporters, not happy with Cousins

A new rule is not that tough to come up with. You put a running lane (similar to the one up the first baseline). The runner has to run in that lane or anywhere in foul territory or he's out. The catcher can't be in the lane or the runner is automatically safe. The hard part is to get the false macho dudes to be open to a rule change (like there's never been any). That and the Giant and Giant fan bashing over how gay and communist we all must be to want to end this.

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2011 7:01 pm

Posey speaks to reporters, not happy with Cousins

Honestly looking at the video, if Posey catches the ball cleanly he seems like he would have plenty of time to tag a sliding Cousins out. Basically the only way Cousins thought he could score was if the ball was not caught cleanly either by Posey flat out dropping it or by Cousins forcing the drop. It was a smart play with an unfortunate result, nothing more.

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