Giants star catcher Buster Posey, last season's NL rookie of the year, is likely out for the season with a broken fibula in his left leg and torn ankle ligaments sustained when Florida's Scott Cousins crashed into him at home plate while trying to block the winning run in the 12th inning late Wednesday night against the Marlins.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the team was still in shock over the loss. He called on Major League Baseball to review the long-standing rule on crashes at the plate.
"It's part of baseball, I understand that, guys running into catchers. Being a catcher, I've been in a few of them. You're in harm's way there," Bochy said.
Posey has been San Francisco's cleanup hitter this season, a team leader in the clubhouse, and a key cog behind the plate for one of baseball's best rotations. He was batting .284 with four home runs and 21 RBIs and, having just found his groove, was in the midst of a 13-game hitting streak.
Cousins apologized repeatedly and said he tried calling Posey twice overnight and sent his condolences to the Giants clubhouse. "The last thing I wanted to do was break a guy's leg," he said, tears welling up in his eyes.
The cash-strapped owners of the New York Mets have finally found someone to bail them out: Hedge fund manager David Einhorn, who will pay $200 million for a minority share of the team owner Fred Wilpon recently described as, "snakebitten, baby."
Einhorn, the president of the investment firm Greenlight Capital Inc., said he grew up in New Jersey as a Mets fan.
"I expect to be involved with this a very long time," he added. It was not clear how much of the team he will own.
"I don't expect to have control over any of those topics," he said in a conference call. As for the Mets, he added: "I do expect the financial fortunes to improve over time."
Maybe so. One thing the deal does is allow Wilpon and his son, Jeff, and Saul Katz to retain control of the team, which has been damaged by the Bernard Madoff scandal.
Recently, Forbes magazine estimated the value of the Mets had dropped 13 percent in one year to $747 million - and that was before the team's projected losses this season. The Mets also received a reported $25 million loan from MLB in November to help cover expenses.
The 27-year-old man who fell while sliding down a stair railing at the Colorado Rockies stadium has died of his injuries. Denver police said Robert Seamans of Pueblo, Colo., fell about 20 feet onto concrete during the seventh inning of Monday's game at Coors Field.
Witnesses told police the man was trying to slide down the staircase railing, lost his balance, and fell, striking his head. The stairs lead to the center-field seats.
The Rockies released a statement saying "our thoughts and prayers are with the young man" and his family.
Braves ace Derek Lowe has been cleared of DUI and reckless driving charges filed last month in Atlanta.
One of Lowe's attorneys, Cory Yager, said Thursday that Raines Carter, the chief prosecutor in Atlanta Municipal Court, agreed to dismiss the charges for lack of evidence.
A police video following the April 28 arrest showed Lowe "did remarkably well" in his field sobriety tests after declining a breath test, Yager said.
Furthermore, an earlier allegation that Lowe had been racing "was absolutely unfounded," Yager said.