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.

Giants hire David Bell to fill key front office role


Giants hire David Bell to fill key front office role

SAN FRANCISCO -- A familiar face is returning to the Giants organization to serve a key front office role.

The Giants announced Friday that David Bell, their former third baseman, has been hired as Vice President of Player Development. General manager Bobby Evans said Bell will oversee all aspects of player development, including hitting, pitching, strength and conditioning and the operations of the minor league affiliates. 

"He was the perfect fit," Evans said. "His experience is so strong and encompasses so many aspects of the game. He’s got a really strong base of experience and background and understanding of the game, and he has a passion for the game and working with young players. He really showed a desire to pursue this opportunity." 

Bell, 45, played 12 major league seasons and spent 2002 with the Giants. He hit 20 homers that year as the starting third baseman and scored the winning run in the final game of the NLCS. Since retiring, Bell has served as a minor league manager for the Reds and a big league coach for the Cubs and Cardinals. He spent last season as the bench coach in St. Louis. 

Shane Turner had previously served as farm director, but at the end of the minor league season he was asked to take a role as a special assistant in baseball operations. While Evans did not announce any other changes Friday, there are expected to be other moves within the organization's depth chart. At least one member of the coaching staff is still in the running for a managerial opening. 

Dusty Baker won't be remembered the way he should be remembered


Dusty Baker won't be remembered the way he should be remembered

Firing a manager is easy, and there are lots of ways to do it.

Dusty Baker, for example. He worked this year on the last year of a contract, which usually means there won’t be another one, and he relied on his players to deliver the goods.

Which, as we remember from our reading, they didn’t do. Again.

But Baker was marked for the chop unless those players did deliver, and when they didn’t, general manager Mike Rizzo did the expedient thing.

He fired one person rather than several. And changed exactly nothing.

Baker’s managerial career is probably over now, as most teams don’t look at 68-year-olds to fix their teams. He will never manage a  World Series champion, something he ached for, and he was always be caricatured in part as the guy who didn’t speak metric, and who believed in players as men whenever in doubt.

And the Nats didn’t betray him, either. They were always not as good in the big moments because someone else was, and they became part of Washington’s new fetish – Why Can’t We Win One? It’s as if having a cringeworthy President isn’t good enough for them.

So the time came, and he will be replaced by someone who will either win and get credit for work that was largely his, or he won’t win and the town can continue to wallow in its tedious We’re-The-New-Cubs pity. It is the circle of life.

At least it is for groups of people. For individuals, the circle of life is actually nothing more than a straight line that ends abruptly. For Dusty Baker, as it did for Tony La Russa in Phoenix two days earlier, that day came today. He deserves to be remembered as a very good manager who won a lot more than he lost, made more friends than enemies, and was honest from Day One until the end.

Which, as we also know, doesn’t matter a whole lot on days like this.