Twins voice, ex-Giant Gladden blames Posey

Twins voice, ex-Giant Gladden blames Posey
June 21, 2011, 5:47 pm
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Twins broadcaster Dan Gladden is a Bay Area native and played four seasons (1983-86) for the Giants before winning a pair of World Series rings with the Minnesota Twins.

With Minnesota in town for a three-game series with the Giants, Gladden discussed the Giants in a Tuesday morning conversation on KNBR 680.

Notably, the former outfielder, who was known for his hard-nosed style of play and described by Duane Kuiper as "a great Giant," placed the responsibility for Buster Posey's injury squarely on the shoulders of the second-year catcher.

"Don't, don't don't change any of the rules," Gladden said when asked about Posey's collision with Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins. "We've been playing this brand of baseball for long time.

"What people don't talk about -- I haven't heard one person -- talk about the bad position that Posey was in when he tried to put that tag down. You don't put your leg in a position like that to try to block the plate. It was Posey's fault for getting in a position where he did where he laid that left leg down like that and went about just trying to just kind of block the plate. When I came around third base I looked for contact on every play with the catcher. And I'd keep an eye on his eyes. His eyes would tell me where the ball is. I had run-ins with (Mike) Scioscia, I had run-ins with Dave Valle, all the catchers."