Giants release statement clarifying Sabean remarks

June 4, 2011, 12:23 am
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June 3, 2011


Following Thursday's comments by Giants general manager Brian Sabean, which were critical of Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins' role in the injury to catcher Buster Posey, the Giants released a statement Friday, clarifying the GM's comments, which were made on during an interview on KNBR.

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 Sabeans 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 weeks collision and about what baseball should do to prevent serious injuries in the future. This issue goes far beyond last weeks incident as there have been a number of recentcollision-involved injuries.

We have been in contact with Joe Torre, Major League Baseballs 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 weeks incident and focus our attention on Busters full recovery and on defending our World Series title.

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