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D-backs' Gibson Feels Posey-Cousins Collision Was Within Rules

Arizona manager Kirk Gibson was asked about his thoughts regarding the ongoing melodrama in the wake of the nasty home plate collision last week in which San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey suffered a number of serious leg injuries when he was barreled into by Florida’s Scott Cousins.

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Gibson, known for hard-nosed play himself in his playing days, said he felt the play was within the rules as a legitimate baseball play in which Cousins chose to make sure the ball was dislodged. What happened to Posey was unfortunate, he said.

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D-backs catcher Miguel Montero was working on tag plays before the game.

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“Those plays have been going on for many years, I would say probably more runners get hurt at home plate in collisions than catchers over time, would be my guess,” Gibson said. “Right now it’s in the rules. If they should change it then we’ll adapt to that.”

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Gibson said it would depend on the situation when it comes to asking his catchers to block the plate.

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“It’s risky,” he said. “We try to understand what the rules are, try to play within them and that’s the way the game is supposed to be played.”