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Giants' Sabean losing his cool over Posey's injury

I used to have a lot of respect for Giants general manager Brian Sabean.

Sabean, who built the Giants into a World Series champion, seems like he's falling apart.

The GM ripped into Scott Cousins the other day. And if you don't know who Cousins is, that's probably OK. He's an outfielder for the Marlins, which isn't noteworthy.

What really ruffled Sabean was Cousins' gritty play on May 25.

Cousins plowed into Giants catcher Buster Posey, who was blocking the plate. During the jarring collision, Posey broke a bone in his leg and tore ligaments.

Posey was a key member of the Giants' run to the title last year, so he's also a key cog for any title defense.

But that doesn't defend what Sabean said several days after the play took place.

"If I never hear from Cousins again or he never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we'll all be happy."

That wasn't all.

"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."

You can infer any possibilities from that.

What's really fascinating is it was a clean play. Cousins has every right to try to score, just as Posey has to keep Cousins from scoring.

On Saturday, Hall of Famer Johnny Bench said any blame should be directed to Posey -- for his positioning.

Cousins reportedly has received death threats.

Sabean, meanwhile, looks like an idiot.

If he's so concerned about keeping Posey's valuable bat in the lineup, maybe he should be told not to block the plate at all. Or, move him to a different position.

Don't blame Cousins. He did nothing wrong.


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