Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins issued the following statement through Matt Sosnick, his San Francisco-based agent, regarding Giants general manager Brian Sabean’s comments about his collision with Buster Posey at the plate:
“I hope and believe that Mr. Sabean’s comments were made in the heat of the moment and are based more on his fondness for Buster Posey than on any animosity towards me. This situation is still an open wound for many, including myself. As I have stated previously, nobody outside of Buster feels worse about his injury than I do. I have reached out to Buster to let him know how badly I feel about his being injured during our collision at home plate.
“I do believe, however, that the play was clean and totally within the rules of the game. Explaining over and over that I would never intentionally hurt another player for any reason won’t change the minds of those who doubt my sincerity or intent. I have a responsibility to myself, my teammates, and my organization to play the game hard. This is what has gotten me to the big leagues, and hopefully this is what will keep me here.”
Cousins, who was in tears the day after the collision when he met with reporters, added that he would not have any further comments on the matter. Sonsick said Cousins, who lives in Bay Area during the off-season, has received death threats since the collision.
ESPN reported that Joe Torre, MLB’s head disciplinarian, intends to call Sabean about his comments.
The Marlins (31-23) open a four-game series against the Brewers (30-26) at Sun Life Stadium tonight.
> Marlins lineup: 1. Chris Coghlan CF, 2. Omar Infante 2B, 3. Logan Morrison LF, 4. Gaby Sanchez 1B, 5. Mike Stanton RF, 6. John Buck C, 7. Wes Helms 3B, 8. Emilio Bonifacio SS, 9. Ricky Nolasco P