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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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Comments

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Posey speaks to reporters, not happy with Cousins

If the first baseman is blocking the bag, heck ya.  Run him over.

Think about it.



Since: May 16, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Posey speaks to reporters, not happy with Cousins

He totally did NOT have the ball "in plenty of time".



Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Posey speaks to reporters, not happy with Cousins

There is no need to hit some one on a force play.... try learning something about baseball




Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Posey speaks to reporters, not happy with Cousins

Hey if a guy broke my leg, I would not be happy about it either, even if it was clean and accidental.  My question what type of rule could be put on the books to stop this without hurting the game.  It has been 2 days now and I am still coming up empty.  I cannot think of a reasonable rule that would avoid this.  Maybe I am not very smart?  I hope Posey make a complete recovery and is back as soon as possible.  The good news, if there is any, is the knee was not affected.  Yes a broken leg is serious.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Posey speaks to reporters, not happy with Cousins

Posey got the ball in plenty of time and put himself in front of the play.  Ground looks wet and his cleat got caught.  Clean...hard play by Cousins.  Unfortunate for Posey, but needs to keep his mouth shut.  Maybe he should look at the video.  Lisen to the stupid anouncer..."It looked like a helmet to helmit hit.  What a moron !  Looked like pass interference to me and a 15 yard penalty.



Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2011 6:49 pm
 

Posey speaks to reporters, not happy with Cousins

Stop the whining...Baseball has been like this for 100 years....makes this generation look soft....toughen up or get out of the game... 



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2011 6:47 pm
 

Posey speaks to reporters, not happy with Cousins

It's really quite simple. If the ball and runner are arriving at roughly the same time and you as a catcher are in the vicinity of being able to tag the runner, the you need to prepare for impact. Cousins "chose to come at Posey" because if the catch and tag is made he is out. He doesn't know that the ball is going to be dropped by Posey prior to contact and in assessing the situation of what was going to be a bang bang play he chose the high percentage play of trucking the catcher. Even if Posey makes that catch it is going to be very tough to hang on through a colision. If the catch is made and Cousins hook slides there is no guarantee he isn't tagged out. Also Posey was blocking the plate with his left leg prior to moving forward to try to catch a short throw at the last instant, then he turns without the ball into the path where if he had made the catch he was within reach to tag a sliding Cousins. The fact is that Posey was hoping to catch the ball and tag Cousins out without any contact, but it isn't Cousins responsibility to avoid contact with the Posey. The onus is on Posey to not be there when Cousins is crossing the plate unless he is waiting with the ball or anticipating contact. Cousins is a class act, and felt bad about the injury but I'm sure the next time around he does the same thing because you know he enjoyed the 7-6 win.



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2011 6:44 pm
 

Posey speaks to reporters, not happy with Cousins

Heres Posey in the Minor leagues, same situation...However 2 years ago, he held on to the ball and didnt get hurt...he celebrated the out. He didnt complain then! Whats the difference?

http://youtu.be/eVfoUpW5FE8




Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2011 6:44 pm
 

Posey speaks to reporters, not happy with Cousins

It was legal.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2011 6:44 pm
 

Posey speaks to reporters, not happy with Cousins

Collisions at the plate have been going on for 100 years. The guy got hurt, nobody is happy about that, it stinks for him...but get over it. No need to change rules and no need to make a big deal about everything...

What's next, get rid of the take out siide at 2nd base on a double play ball?


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