Wholly Unacceptable Behavior

by Jason Epstein

Giants general manager Brian Sabean had harsh words to say about Scott Cousins more than one week after his collision with Buster Posey.

In a radio interview yesterday, Sabean said of the Marlins outfielder, “If I never hear from Cousins again or he never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we’ll all be happy.” When given an opportunity later in the conversation to walk back his over-the-top comments, Sabean instead doubled down: “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.”

Mouthing off in this fashion 24 hours after Posey’s season-ending injury still would have been wrong but at least understandable. That more than one week later a big-league GM did everything but issue a fatwa calling for a player to be crippled is wholly unacceptable, regardless of one’s take on the collision.

MLB needs to discipline Sabean in a major way, posthaste.

EDIT: Be sure to read Larry Granillo’s awesome “Sabean Takes on the Catcher-Collision Problem.”