Tag:Brian Sabean
Posted on: June 3, 2011 8:41 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 9:18 pm

Marlins' Morrison: Lost respect for Sabean, Posey


By Evan Brunell

Quite the rivalry is brewing between the Marlins and Giants, and Logan Morrison just took it a step further.

The Marlins left fielder felt compelled to speak out about Giants GM Brian Sabean's inflammatory comments in which he said that he wouldn't miss Cousins at all if he never played in the majors again. Cousins, of course, was the player to smash into Buster Posey, breaking Posey's leg and ending his season. Many are divided on whether the play was clean or dirty.

"That's immature," Morrison told MLB.com of Sabean's comments. "That's childish."

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"I hope [Sabean] apologizes, because what he said was wildly inappropriate and wildly unprofessional, and it really shows ignorance on his part," Morrison said. "Not to show compassion for a human being who is going through a hard time ... I guess he wouldn't know anything about. If it were me, and I was on his side, I'd reserve my comments until the death threats have subsided."

Cousins has reportedly received death threats. Although he feels the play was clean, he has attempted to reach out to Posey to apologize for the injury and says the play is still an "open wound" for him. The Giants, for their part, released a statement that said Sabean's comments were spoken out of frustration, and that the GM was reaching out to both Cousins and Marlins president Larry Beinfest.

Morrison came right out and said he had "animosity" toward Sabean and his comments, although he holds no grudges against the Giants. But he also has lost respect for Posey:

If it was me running, I would have put him in the third row of the stands. If he got hurt, I'm sorry. That's part of the game. I'd feel bad if he did get hurt. But I wouldn't have written a two-page letter like Cousins did. I wouldn't have tried to reach out to him like Cousins did, because I know it's part of the game. I wouldn't have felt half as bad as Cousins did. And for Posey not to write back to him or say anything to him, that's just immature and childish. I have no respect for him or respect for Sabean.

The 23-year-old had plenty more to say on the subject, and he doesn't think the rules should be altered for collisions at home plate that place both the runner and catcher in danger:

If he doesn't like the rules, be in a different game. These have been around for a hundred years. This game is this way because it doesn't make the changes that football does or like basketball does. It sticks with the same rules. For him to question the integrity of the game because it happens to him, and it happens to one of his best players, doesn't mean that it should ask for rules changes.

Here's the thing: It's the winning run of the game. Even if he did, and I'm not saying he did have a clear lane, but that lane was about to be shut off by Posey, who was coming back towards him to tag him.

You're watching it in slow motion replay. If I had a clean lane and had to slide, and I was out by sliding, I'm mad at myself for not running him over. It's within my rights to run him over and separate him from the ball.

Morrison added that several Giants players told him and other Marlins players that the play was clean.

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Posted on: June 3, 2011 8:13 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 8:45 pm

Giants: Sabean's comments out of frustration

By Evan Brunell

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.

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.

How hard do you think Sabean's teeth gritted when he called Cousins?

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Posted on: June 3, 2011 9:55 am
Edited on: June 3, 2011 10:40 am

Pepper: Sabean over the top in his comments

By C. Trent Rosecrans

BASEBALL TODAY: CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler joins Lauren Shehadi to discuss the chances of the Marlins, Brewers and Diamondbacks sticking around all season.

SABEAN OUT OF LINE: Buster Posey's injury is the story that just won't die -- and it flared up again on Thursday when Giants general manager Brian Sabean ripped Scott Cousins on a San Francisco radio station.

Sabean intimated there would be some sort of retaliation the next time the Giants saw the Marlins' Cousins. For a general manager to imply his team would be looking to hurt another player is irresponsible and reprehensible -- especially when Cousins played within the rules. You can bet Bud Selig will be making a call to Sabean and there will plenty of eyes on the Giants when they head to Florida Aug. 12-14.

Not only were Sabean's comments unprofessional, they're also hypocritical. Baseball Prospectus' Larry Granillo takes a look at Pablo Sandoval's similar play last season against the Pirates, and also a play from 2006 which was worse that happened to the Giants' Todd Greene, but caused no public outrage from Sabean.

Cousins' agent, Matt Sosnick, answered, saying his client has already gotten death threats, which probably won't be helped with Sabean flaming the fire. He also noted Cousins feels terrible about hurting Posey.

"The fact that Posey got hurt is terrible and everyone feels terribly about it," Sosnick told Andrew Baggerly of the San Jose Mercury News. "No one feels worse, outside of Posey, than Scott did. But it's over. The play was within the rules; it was a fair, legitimate play. There’s no way Scott could know in the heat of the moment if there was a sliding lane of not.

"It was legal in baseball. He helped his team. The fact someone got injured on the play stinks.

"I understand Sabean is upset about it. Based on the fact that I know he’s a good guy, I am really hoping that he was speaking in the heat of the moment and out of emotion. Because if he wasn't, he took a bad situation and certainly made it a lot worse."

WEBB SHUT DOWN: Rangers pitcher Brandon Webb felt discomfort in his right shoulder in a bullpen session on Thursday and is being shut down. He has been prescribed anti-inflammatories and will be shut down for a minimum of seven days. (MLB.com)

9 TEAMS VIOLATE DEBT RULES: We all knew the Dodgers and Mets were in financial trouble, but they're apparently not alone. According to a Los Angeles Times report, a total of nine of the 30 teams are in violation of the MLB debt service rules which limit team's debt levels to 10 times its annual earnings. The guilty teams are a mix of big and small market teams -- the Mets, Dodgers, Orioles, Cubs, Tigers, Marlins, Phillies, Rangers and Nationals.

DRAFT BONANZA: While the Rays may have more picks than anyone else in next week's draft, the Diamondbacks have the most valuable picks. In one of the deepest drafts in years, Arizona has a chance to pick up two impact players, drafting No. 3 and No. 7 overall. (Arizona Republic)

Yankees' MISSED OPPORTUNITY: UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole may be the top pick (or at least in the top three) next week, but it won't be the first time he's drafted in the first round. The Yankees took him in 2008, but he decided to go to UCLA instead. (New York Daily News)

WRIGHT, WILPON OK: David Wright finally spoke to Mets owner (for now) Fred Wilpon and said "all is well." Wright is one of the players Wilpon criticized in a New Yorker article. (New York Post)

Things should continue to be good with Wright and Wilpon, because it's unlikely he's going anywhere. Earlier this week there were rumors Wright may be moved, but the New York Daily News reports Wright's option for 2013 is team-specific, meaning only the Mets could exercise it. Any other team would risk losing Wright to free agency following the 2012 season. Anyway, it doesn't make much sense to sell low on Wright right now anyway, so expect him to stay with the Mets.

JETER WATCH: Derek Jeter currently has 2,984 hits and he acknowledges he feels a bit of a "responsibility" to reach 3,000 at Yankee Stadium. At his current pace, he'd get hit 3,000 at Wrigley Field in Chicago against the Cubs on June 18. Oddly enough, another Yankee had a chance at a milestone at Wrigley Field recently -- Roger Clemens' third shot at his 300th win was at Wrigley Field in June, 2003, but he lost that game. He won in his next start -- at Yankee Stadium against the Cardinals. The Yankees have a 10-game homestead from June 7-16 before going to Chicago for three and Cincinnati for three, returning home on June 24. Selfishly, I'd love to see Jeter go for 3,000 in Cincinnati, just so I could see it in person. It'd be more fitting for him to get it in New York, though. (New York Daily News)

DISAPPOINTMENTS: What do Ubaldo Jimenez, Chris Carpenter, Adam Dunn, Albert Pujols and Carl Crawford have in common? Well, they're all rich. Besides that, they're also on SI.com's Joe Sheehan's All-Disappointment Team. I'd take all five of those guys in a heartbeat. They're a discappointment because they haven't lived up to their own high standards so far, all five have the ability to turn it around in a heartbeat.

GRITTY AND GUTTY: Sure, these gifts are a little too prized by old-timers and not prized enough by new-school thinkers. Whatever their worth, those kind of players are fun to watch -- and the Padres have one in Chris Denorfia. As a personal note, Denorfia is one of the really good guys in the game and I'm glad to see him doing well. (San Diego Tribune-Review)

HARPER SHINES, STRUGGLES: In one game, Bryce Harper showed exactly why he's too good for the South Atlantic League, but also not quite ready to be called up to the next level. In addition to a walk-off homer, Harper fell victim to the old fake-to-third-throw-to-first move and was also caught in a rundown. (Washington Post)

CURE FOR THE CURSE? The Cubs are 5-0 in throwback uniforms -- now if they'd just wear them all the time… (BleedCubbieBlue.com)

FOR THE SNEAKERHEADS: Move over Brian Wilson, Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie has the coolest spikes on the planet. Guthrie has a pair of Air Jordan I spikes that are just plain awesome. (NikeBlog.com)

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Posted on: June 2, 2011 8:14 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 10:51 am

Sabean rips into Cousins for ending Posey's year


By Evan Brunell

Giants GM Brian Sabean hit the KNBR airwaves Wednesday and had choice words for Scott Cousins, who was responsible for ending Buster Posey's season, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

"If I never hear from Cousins again or he never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we’ll all be happy," Sabean said, calling Cousins' actions "malicious" and adding that he doesn't blame Posey for refusing to return Cousins' phone calls, as the Marlins outfielder has attempted to apologize. The 27-year-old barrelled into Posey on May 25, scoring the eventual winning run in the top of the 12th inning. Cousins had a fairly clear path to the plate, with Posey in front of the dish attempting to field a relay. Cousins chose to barrell into Posey rather than slide on the far end of the plate, causing a broken leg for the Giants' star player.

“In no way, shape or form was he blocking the plate,” Sabean said. “He was just reacting to the throw and trying to get back to make a tag. So [it’s] unfortunate. It’s one of those things that happens to your family. Until it happens to you and hits home, maybe it’s not as real what we’re going through.

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“If you listen to [Cousin's] comments after the fact, he pretty much decided -- and it was premeditated -- that, if he got a chance, he was going to blow up the catcher to dislodge the ball,” Sabean said. “And if you watch frame by frame from different angles, he does not take the path to the plate to try to score. He goes after Buster, right shoulder on right shoulder, and to me, that’s malicious.”

Aren't those words harsh?

“Well, no,” added Sabean, intimating that Cousins better be careful the next time Florida plays the Giants. “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.”

The Marlins will host the Giants on August 12-14 in what will be the team's final matchup of the season. It's possible Cousins won't be around for that, however, as he's hitting .159/.245/.250 in 39 games and has generally been used as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement.

These are strong words by Sabean, but it's hard to blame him. Posey was a crucial part of the Giants' club, had led the team to a World Series victory last season and was in his second season of what appeared to be a promising career. Now, Posey may never catch again.

“That’s going to be up to Buster once he comes through this,” Sabean said of Posey's future as a catcher. “I know he wants to catch. I know this is a horrific experience for him. He’s in a lot of pain right now. It’s psychologically difficult for him to rationalize this, so that decision is way up the line. But he’s a warrior and if he wants to catch the position then I’m sure he’ll come to camp next spring as a catcher.”

If so, it's likely that Posey will stop blocking the plate the way he had been. His accident has caused many around the game to evaluate expectations of catchers. While no other position player or even pitcher is expected to put himself in harm's way like catchers, backstops have had to deal with the belief around baseball that catchers need to block the plate and absorb collisions to earn respect from players. Teams over the years have attempted to change this, and manager Bruce Bochy even told Posey not to block the plate in spring training, but all too often, it takes an unfortunate incident like this to spur change and shake up the macho culture that pervades sports.

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Posted on: May 27, 2011 8:27 pm
Edited on: May 27, 2011 8:48 pm

Giants sticking with Whiteside for now

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Eli WhitesideThe Giants aren't looking for another catcher to replace Buster Posey -- or at least they aren't right now, general manager Brian Sabean told reporters (via Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News.)

Several teams have contacted Sabean to offer him catching help, he said, but he has yet to pick up the phone and dial anyone else's number. For now, the team is sticking with Eli Whiteside.

"We thank our lucky stars Whitey is in that position," Sabean said. "He's caught extremely well, and we've done well when he's been out there. He deserves a shot to see what it looks like. He's been around the block. … And quite frankly, I don't think anyone will trade us a catcher who's any better than Whiteside. If someone is an all-around catcher, you're not going to get that player in a trade."

Whiteside is hardly Mike Piazza at the plate. Entering Friday, he was hitting .185/.267/.370 this season and .229/.281/.363 in his career. But he is a good defensive catcher and is well-liked by the team's pitchers.

It was reported Thursday that the Giants had talked to the Nationals about Ivan Rodriguez, but he's hardly a big upgrade offensively. Rodriguez is hitting .205/.256/.342 in 79 plate appearances for Washington.

If the Giants do deal for a catcher, it'll likely be for a backup type, a role that Rodriguez is filling in Washington right now. Chris Stewart, who has all of 48 big-league at-bats, is currently the team's backup.

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Posted on: January 10, 2011 4:36 pm

Former Giant says Panda has 'slimmed'

Pablo Sandoval So… here we go, the next in what is likely to be a long list of these stories until spring training starts, but according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle , Pablo Sandoval has "slimmed down."

Now, Schulman hasn't seen him, but former Giant Rich Aurilia -- a Phoenix resident -- has and was impressed with what he saw. Sandoval told him he'd lost 17 pounds.

Sandoval is working with former decathlete Dan O'Brien (of the Reebok Dan and Dave campaign for us old folks).

"He said he's just working huard," Aurilia told Schulman. "From his comments he seemed really in tune this year on keeping the weight off as opposed to last season. Sometimes a lack of success is a good tool to get you motivated. Maybe him not playing as much in September or down the stretch, maybe that had something to do with changing his outlook about keeping the weight off."

Sandoval went through a much-ballyhooed "Camp Panda" after the 2009 season, but by the time he showed up in Scottsdale, Ariz., he looked even bigger than he did in his successful rookie season.

While the Giants had a better 2010 season, Sandoval did not, hitting .268/.323/.409 with 13 home runs and played in just one of the team's World Series games. Overall, he hit .176/.263/.235 with two RBI in 19 postseason plate appearances. General manager Brian Sabean said after the season that Sandoval needed to slim down, or he could be sent to Triple-A.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 5, 2010 3:33 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 5:49 pm

Panda put on notice

Pablo Sandoval There may be a Panda watch at the Fresno Zoo.

Giants general manager Brian Sabean says Pablo Sandoval could start next season in the minor leagues if he "doesn't get his act together," according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman (via Twitter ).

Yesterday Sandoval was all over the internet in front of a "Colossal Brownie Sundae" at Buca di Beppo in San Francisco. For someone whose weight is an issue and motivation is in question, it's far from a good idea to have your picture taken in front of  a desert containing 12 brownies, six scoops of vanilla bean and chocolate gelato, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce and a "few cans" of whipped cream. (Talk about poor judgment, you're in San Francisco, one of the great dining cities in the country and you go to a chain? For shame.)

Sandoval was more of a mascot than a factor in the team's World Series win, making one start at designated hitter and going 0 for 3 in that game. The rest of the series, he was in the dugout cheering on teammates.

In his second full season, Sandoval experienced a sophomore slump, hitting .268/.323/.409 with 13 homer runs and 63 RBI. In 2009, he hit .330/.387/.556 with 25 homers and 90 RBI.

Last offseason, the Giants put Sandoval on a diet and training regimen, and according to all accounts he was doing well until he went home to Venezuela and he returned having put on all the weight he'd lost.

UPDATE: Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury-News has more from Sabean's news conference , reporting:
Sandoval will have benchmarks to meet at various points this offseason, which he’ll spend in San Diego while working with fitness and nutrition experts. Then he’ll report to Arizona a month early for spring training.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 7:12 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2010 7:33 pm

Giants interested in Guillen, Dunn

Jose Guillen Don't expect Jose Guillen to be unemployed too long -- the Giants are discussing the outfielder, the San Jose Mercury News ' Andrew Baggarly writes .

Guillen was designated for assignment by the Royals earlier today and the team has 10 days to trade, waive or release Guillen, who is owed more than $3 million for the rest of the season.

Guillen can play the outfield and has played 22 games in right field this season, but is bothered by his knees and would be best used as a designated hitter.

Baggerly speculates the Giants could "play the hot hand between Guillen and Pat Burrell, and keep the other guy as a right-handed power bat off the bench."

Guillen was hitting .255/.314/.429 with 16 home runs and 62 RBI.

Another interesting note from Baggerly, Giants general manager Brian Sabean hinted the team would put a claim on Adam Dunn, but Baggerly doesn't seem to think the Giants were able to get him -- perhaps the Rockies tried to block Dunn from going to the Giants or Padres.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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