Johnny Bench
Hall of Famers Johnny Bench and Ernie Banks (L) lead the crowd in singing 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' at the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, New York, July 27, 2008. Reuters

Buster Posey's home plate collision with Scott Cousins has everyone from around baseball talking. The latest include Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench and San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean who had vastly different view of the incident.

Bench, the Cincinnati Reds 14-time All-Star who played for 2 world championship Reds teams and widely considered the best catcher to ever play, spoke with the Tulsa World on Friday.

In his interview, he said that Posey, a finalist in college for the Johnny Bench Award said, Buster put himself in such a bad position.

He added that as a coach, he teaches his own catchers to stay away from the plate and Posey position was like having a disabled car in the middle of a four-lane highway.

Bench's viewpoint differs vastly from Giants General Manager Brian Sabean who said on KNBR recently that Cousin's hard charge to the plate was malicious and unnecessary.

He added, If I never hear from Cousins again, or he doesn't play another day in the big leagues, I think we'll all be happy.

Sabean's comments drew the attention of Major League Baseball, including head of baseball operations Joe Torre, who spoke with Sabean. The Giants and Sabean have since said the comments were made out of frustration.