MLB: Giants Brian Sabean Whines, Jim Joyce Banned, Mets Comeback

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Brian Sabean Defends Buster Posey (But he shouldn’t have)

San Francisco Giants GM, Brian Sabean, did not pull any punches during an interview on KNBR on Thursday, calling Buster Posey’s season-ending collision with Florida Marlins rookie Scott Cousins ”malicious” and saying he didn’t blame Posey for refusing to return an apologetic phone call.

“I don’t blame the kid. Why not be hard nosed? If I never hear from Cousins again or he never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we’ll all be happy.”

Asked later in the interview if perhaps those words were too harsh, Sabean didn’t back down. In fact, he left little doubt that the Giants are bent on getting some on-field vengeance. “Well, no,” Sabean said. “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.” 

Sabean is a great GM but needs to keep his mouth shut. The players will and have always policed this stuff on the field. No one wants to hear from a suit on the issue. Cousins wasn’t trying to hurt anyone and he’s not the first player in MLB to have a collision at the plate, it happens all the time. In fact, the play was totally within the rules, the kid was safe, and he won the game for his team because of it!

Actually, I blame Sabean for the injury to Posey. Having the best hitter on the team playing the position of catcher where the risk of injury is so high is just stupid.

On an unrelated Giants note, Aubrey Huff went yard three times and drove in six runs Thursday — the first three-homer game of his career — helping the Giants overcome Colby Rasmus’ six RBIs in a 12-7 victory over the Cardinals.

Jim Joyce Banned from Calling Games

The fact MLB decided to ban umpire Jim Joyce from working in games that Armando Galarraga’s team plays in on the anniversary of the botched perfect game is weird. Galarraga and Joyce wrote a book together about the event earlier this year and is that, and not the fact that the call was botched which seems to be the catalyst here. In fact, Joyce actually called balls and strikes without incident during a Galarraga start for the Detroit Tigers last September.

I’m not clear if anyone told Bud Selig and Co. yet but Galarraga now plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks Triple-A team, so this is pretty much a rule about nothing. Way to stay on top of things though…

Mets Have Biggest Comeback in Nearly 11 Years

Spurred by Carlos Beltran’s three-run homer in the third inning, Tte New York Mets who spotted the Pittsburgh Pirates 7 runs on Thursday and came back to win 9-8. Hey, even a blind dog finds a bone some days…