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Posey on Cousins collision: ‘I left him a lane, but he chose to come at me’

May 27, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

Scott Cousins, Buster Posey

A series of interesting tweets just now from Andrew Baggarly, Giants beat reporter for the San Jose Mercury News. He talked with Buster Posey by phone, and after reporting that Posey doesn’t think his injury is career-threatening, related a somewhat provocative quote from the Giants’ catcher concerning the hit he took from the Marlins’ Scott Cousins.

extrabaggs Andrew Baggarly
Posey said he doesn’t want to villify Cousins, but felt he left him a lane. “He chose to come at me.” Feels MLB should look at those plays.
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Posey probably will miss the rest of the season with a fractured fibula in his left leg and torn ligaments in his ankle. Cousins, a Reno native who grew up a Giants fan, told the San Francisco Chronicle that while he feels it was a clean play, he feels sorry for Posey.

“It’s all over the TVs. There was a ‘Sports Science’ on it as soon as I walked into the clubhouse,” Cousins said. “It’s in the newspapers. They’re talking about it on the radio. No matter where I look, there it is.

“I’m trying to look the other way. Seeing it, makes my stomach turn.”

Posey is right, of course: Cousins had options when he barreled toward home plate in the 12th inning on Wednesday. Should he have taken that lane instead of taking out the catcher? That’s very difficult to say.

Baggarly went on to report that Posey is “almost certainly out for the year, but is 100 percent committed to returning as a catcher.” Be on the lookout for this report in his blog.

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Buster Posey says he’s likely out for the year but “100 percent” committed to catch again — plus his thoughts on the Cousins hit [Extra Baggs]

  1. drmonkeyarmy - May 27, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Posey is right on this. There was an obvious lane and a hook slide gets him in there safe. He chose to bowl him over instead. It was unnecessary.

    • rmfields - May 27, 2011 at 5:56 PM

      It might have been unnecessary, but it was a legal and fair play. He certainly didn’t do anything that was outside of the rules. It was one of his options, and he chose to take it. Posey is obviously frustrated, but he needs to just move on.

      • sayheykidwschamp - May 27, 2011 at 5:57 PM

        Can I break your leg then tell you to move on?

      • sayheykidwschamp - May 27, 2011 at 6:27 PM

        Actually Posey has moved on…it’s bloggers and writers who are keeping this as front page news. But if you want to know what Posey thinks:

        http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/giants/detail?entry_id=89900&tsp=1

    • nesuperfan - May 27, 2011 at 6:36 PM

      Posey was the one who started to move toward the colision first. Cousins made a snap decision to protect himself and try to score. Posey lost. If you want to block the plate, you may get hurt.

      Not a fan of either team…just watched the video.

      • stevem7 - May 27, 2011 at 10:01 PM

        Couldn’t agree more. This garbage of catcher’s blocking the plate is total garbage. Runners should come in spikes sharpened and start hurting these plate blockers. They’ll learn to play the position as Yogi Berra, Elston Howard, Roy Campenella, and Johnny Roseboro did …. by not blocking the plate and by tagging the runner out.

    • pjmarn6 - May 28, 2011 at 8:30 PM

      If you look at the incident carefully, Posey thought he had the ball but in reality he never caught it so rule 7.06 doesn’t apply. If Posey caught the ball and he was on the first base side of home plate and then swept the glove over Cousins would have been out. If you look closely at Posey’s left foot when he pivots to tag Cousins, it appears that his shoe or spike gets caught in home plate and the collision twists his foot even more. But the fact that could not be determined at the time is that Posey never had the ball. If Posey did catch the ball and had his left foot not caught home plate then a away slide by cousins would have made him an out if Posey had cleanly caught the ball. The barrel roll had Posey caught the ball and not caught his spikes would have gotten Cousins out. If the barrel roll caused Posey to drop the ball, and Cousins had been declared safe and Posey not been hurt then nobody would be saying anything about Posey and everyone would be saying that Cousins made the right decision.
      Also it takes ba**s to come at a catcher like that. The catcher has the shin guards, the mask, the chest protector and the glove and ball. I played a little ball and the catcher can be very mean if he wants to intimidate you so its anyone’s game. Remember Ty Cobb, meanest s.o.b. in the game. He always came into second base with spikes up.

  2. cvjim - May 27, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Baseball has always been a contact sport at the plate and around the bases… what about sliding into 2nd to break up a double play? Yes, Posey left a spot for him but maybe he figured he was going to be thrown out so he had to try and break up the play. I’m sure he didn’t intentionally try to hurt him but it’s the risks of the game. How many times does a catcher completely block the plate and the runner is injured trying to slide in? It’s part of the game… Remember Pete Rose?

  3. cvjim - May 27, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    And besides, with all the gear the catcher has on, the play in front of him and the fact that he can brace himself, there’s a bigger chance of the runner getting hurt than the catcher.

  4. goforthanddie - May 27, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    It was clean, and Posey shouldn’t be whining. If he’s a ballplayer, he would’ve done the same thing.

    • sayheykidwschamp - May 27, 2011 at 7:19 PM

      Please provide a link to where Posey is whining. Oh, you just read the little snipet above and made a decision. Read his whole statement.

  5. pghsteel412 - May 27, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    thats the job of the catcher… to make the tag.. the job of the runner is to score the run, injuries happen, it happened to the runner (josh hamilton) and now it happened to the catcher buster posey

  6. vikesfansteve - May 27, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    He had dropped the ball but still turned & blocked the plate with his lower body & tagged at the runner even though he didn’t have the ball. No sympathy for that. You shouldn’t have ever tried to make the tag without the ball in the first place. Shut up Posey.

  7. lust4kix - May 27, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Just like other sports have done, it’s time for MLB to change. At every other level of baseball that play would have got the player ejected. It’s not a change that the players would have to adjust to. How about if the catcher just forgot about catching the ball and used his equipment to lay one on the baserunner? Who cares if he scores, just take him out? After all, when a player launches himself like a missle, like Cousins did, he’s just tying to protect himself, right? Not only that, but in football they have also changed the rules to prevent the “spear”. Cousins head first launch at Posey could have just as easily broken his neck and he could have been severely injured or killed. It’s just a matter of time before that happens. Players are getting beigger and stronger every year. It’s time we protected players from career ending injuries for a single run or out. There could be some discussion about where the catcher can set up for a play at the plate, something like the batters box, that would give both players an equal chance at safe or out. There is room for improvement in this aspect of the game. Just because it’s the way it’s always been does not mean it can’t, or shouldn’t, be changed. Change is sometimes for the better.

  8. gowhitten - May 28, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    What a bunch of wimps.

    Posey went for the runner knowing he did not have the ball. He was hoping the runner would slide wide, miss the plate, and he might have time to find the ball, tag Cousins out. A real catcher like Biull Freehan would have cold-cocked the runner, walked over to pick up the ball, and tagged him out well short of home plate.

    Also the way Posey turned with a one leg across the other was asking for disaster. Apparently no one is teaching these yound catchers about the basic laws of physics. All boxers and marshall arts fighters know this.

    • winkeroni - May 31, 2011 at 2:02 PM

      I think he would have walked away from the incident if he was not sitting on his knees.