Report: MLB's Torre to call Sabean on Cousins


Report: MLB's Torre to call Sabean on Cousins


CSNBayArea.com staff

Giants GM Brian Sabean reportedly will be contacted by Joe Torre, Major League Baseball's executive vice president of baseball operations, regarding comments he made Thursday about Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins.

ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted the following shortly before 9 a.m. Friday:

Source: Joe Torre, who oversees on-field operations for MLB, will call Brian Sabean regarding comments made about the Marlins'Scott Cousins.

Cousins collided with Buster Posey on May 25, with Posey sustaining a broken bone in his left leg and torn ligaments in his ankle.

The National League Rookie of the Year is out for the season after undergoing surgery on Sunday.

Sabean made his comments on KNBR radio. Here is a sampling of his remarks:

On the fact that Buster doesn't think he'll call Cousins back:
"Buster went through a tremendous experience. Maybe more so mentally than physically and he's going through a hell of a time physically with phantom pain, trying to get the pain under control. So there's a lot involved here and I don't blame him for not calling Cousins back. Why not be hard-nosed? If I never hear from Cousins again or he never plays a day in the big leagues I think we'll all be happy."

What he thinks now that some time has passed:
"After we step back and take the emotion out of it I think we're all in relative agreement that it was an avoidable situation, that's what's sad. I don't have anything against Scott Cousins, the player's mindset or even his relative explanation thereafter. The facts of the matter are it was not a blocking-the-plate situation. Buster Posey did not have the ball. The photo evidence shows Cousins, instead of taking a path to the plate, which is your job to try to score, he has his mind made up that he was going to have contact with the catcher. His right shoulder went into Buster's right shoulder which meant he veered left. If you don't call it malicious, it was unnecessary and therein lies why baseball has to look into this. These guys have to be protected."

On the play itself, and the concern about plate collisions:
"I want to make two points: One, Buster was told in spring training by (manager Bruce Bochy) not to block the plate. Two, in no way shape or form was he blocking the plate. He was just reacting to the throw and trying to get back and make a tag. Unfortunate, it's like one of those things that happens to your family. Until it happens to you and it hits home maybe it's not as real as what we're going through. I know that Boch talked to Joe Torre today and it least he's going to take some things under advisement and see what they can come up with. I don't know what the results will be."

On his long-term view of the situation:
"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. Believe me, we've talked to (former catcher Mike) Matheny about how this game works. You can't be that out-and-out overly aggressive. I'll put it as politically as I can state it: There's no love lost and there shouldn't be."

NASL-champion San Francisco Deltas fold after one season


NASL-champion San Francisco Deltas fold after one season

The dream is no more. 

San Francisco Deltas' CEO Brian Andres Helmick ended speculation on Friday when he released a statement announcing the end of the team after one season in the North American Soccer League -- a DII professional league in the USSF pyramid. 

The Deltas are fresh off claming the NASL's championship in front of a sold-out crowd at Kezar Stadium, But even that wasn't enough to save a franchise who admittedly was struggling to stay afloat. 

"We are closing down the San Francisco Deltas," Helmick wrote. "As many of you have said, this journey that started in 2015 has the makings of a movie with character-defining struggles, heroic moments, painful defeats, and overcoming seemingly impossible hurdles all culminating in a dream come true on Sunday, November 12th when the SF Deltas were crowned the national champions after defeating the New York Cosmos — arguably the most storied brand in U.S. Soccer history. I’ll never forget the scene of thousands of fans storming the field. Now that the celebration has come to an end, players and coaches have been released from their contracts. We will not leave any loose ends and everybody will be paid what they’re owed for 2017 — including players, coaches, staff, partners and vendors."

In 32 league games, the Deltas amassed a 14-12-6 record and advanced to the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup tournament where they lost to the San Jose Earthquakes. 

"In hindsight we have not been perfect," Helmick said. "Far from it. We have learned so much from this adventure and we will begin organizing our thoughts and learnings that led to us to make this decision. Our hope is to share them for the benefit of others who are interested in developing the sport here in San Francisco or in other cities. I firmly believe that via transparency and collaboration we can improve the sport we all love."

In response to the Deltas news, the NASL released the following statement: 'In San Francisco, it’s unfortunate that the Deltas’ business plans did not materialize in the way they had hoped. We remain a big believer in the market, as evidenced by the atmosphere and crowd at The Championship Final earlier this month, and we still believe that the city deserves a professional soccer team. We are in active discussions with potential ownership groups and we aim to keep professional soccer in San Francisco in the future."

The Deltas experiment is the latest to test the viability of professional soccer in San Francisco. Last Fall, another group fronted by Zappos.com founder NIck Swimurn -- San Francisco Football Club -- attempted to start a team using AT&T Park as its home stadium as part of the United Soccer League. The project and application was pulled.