Marlins' Cousins speaks out on Posey hit aftermath


Marlins' Cousins speaks out on Posey hit aftermath

Miami Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins will speak on MLB Network's Hot Stove Wednesday in his first TV interview since his home plate collision with Giants catcher Buster Posey last has obtained quotes prior to tonight's airing from Cousins' interview with Matt Yallop:

Ontrying to speak with Posey after the game:
"Iimmediately tried to call over to their trainer. I couldnt get a hold of himbut I just knew something wasnt good here and I wanted to make sure, you know,I wanted to reach out and let him know that I was thinking about him."OnPosey telling Bob Costas this July that he didnt have the chance to talk withCousins since the collision:
"Maybe hedidnt. I dont know what he was up to. He was very busy, I know that. He wastrying to get his leg fixed and he was on the verge of having twins, I knowthat, so maybe he didnt have the chance. Maybe he still doesnt have thechance. I dont know. Thats up to him." OnGiants GM Brian Sabean saying after the game that Cousins tried to be a hero:
"It hurt,Im not gonna lie. Its my hometown. The Giants were the team I grew upwatching and wanted to play for but people sometimes in the heat of themoment say things that they regret.""We talkeda little bit and he expressed to me that he regretted the things he had saidon-air and that we were all gonna move forward. And that, that meant alot to me, that he reached out to me to explain himself." Onwhat it will be like during his next game at AT&T Park:
Whoknows? I anticipate a lot of boos but hopefully Buster Poseys catching and Ican give him a pat on the back and let him know You know, Im happy for youthat you made your comeback and that youre doing so well. Thats what Ihope and thats what I anticipate. Giarratanoon whether Scott will ever be past the collision:
"I thinkdeep down in his core I dont think Scotts ever gonna be past it but Ithink hes learned how to deal with it so that he could be successful as ahuman being."You can catch the interview with Scott Cousins on MLB Network today at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30pm PT.

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Over the final month of his time with the Giants, it became clear that Santiago Casilla and the team would part ways. On Friday, Casilla confirmed that he never had the opportunity to return. 

On a conference call to announce a two-year deal with the Oakland A’s, Casilla said he “would have been happy to return to the Giants, but I never got an offer from them. I understood.”

Casilla said he had several opportunities to go elsewhere and close, mentioning the Milwaukee Brewers as one interested team. Casilla signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the A’s, who likely won’t need him to pitch in the ninth. The Brewers went on to bring in Neftali Feliz for one year and $5.35 million; he is expected to close. 

“I preferred to return to the Athletics because that’s where my career started,” Casilla said through interpreter Manolo Hernández Douen. “And I’m very excited.”

Casilla spent the first six years of his career with the A’s before crossing the bridge and becoming a key figure in three title runs. In seven seasons in San Francisco, he posted a 2.42 ERA and saved 123 games. Casilla had a 0.92 ERA in the postseason, but he was stripped of a prominent role in the weeks leading up to the 2016 playoffs. 

Casilla, 36, blew nine saves before being pulled from the ninth inning. He appeared just three times in the final 14 regular season games and just once in the playoffs. He did not take the mound in Game 4 of the NLDS, watching as five other relievers teamed up to give back a three-run lead. 

That moment stung Casilla, and it affected Bruce Bochy, too. The Giants struck quickly in December to bring Mark Melancon in as their new closer, but at the Winter Meetings, Bochy said he would welcome Casilla back in a setup role. 

“He’s a great team player (and) teammate,” Bochy said. “(I) certainly wouldn’t rule it out because he still has great stuff. And he had some hiccups there in that closing role, but I would take him anytime.”

As it turned out, that opportunity was never there for Casilla. The Giants didn’t make another move after the big deal with Melancon, and they’ll rely on younger arms to record most of the outs in the seventh and eighth. Casilla said he’s not bitter about the way it all ended. 

“I have left that in the past,” he said. “It’s a new year, it’s a new year. I have left this in the past.” 

Authorities: Two Dodgers security guards arrested, accused of theft


Authorities: Two Dodgers security guards arrested, accused of theft

LOS ANGELES -- Prosecutors say two security guards at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium have been arrested and are accused of stealing equipment, baseballs and jerseys from the major league team to sell online.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says Juan DeDios Prada and Fernando Sierra pleaded not guilty to burglary and other charges Thursday.

Prosecutors say the two security guards conspired with a third man, Jesse Luis Dagnesses, to steal baseball uniforms and other team merchandise to sell online.

They say Prada and Sierra stole more than $3,400 from a locked equipment room at the stadium between January 2013 and February 2016.

Authorities say Dagnesses is accused of receiving $950 in stolen baseballs and jerseys.

It wasn't immediately clear if the men had attorneys who could comment on the allegations.