Posted December 11, 2013

Major League Baseball to ban home plate collisions

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Major League Baseball plans to ban home plate collisions like this one between Alex Avila and David Ross during the 2013 ALCS. (Mark Cunningham/Getty Images)

Major League Baseball plans to ban plays like this one between Alex Avila and David Ross during the 2013 ALCS. (Mark Cunningham/Getty Images)

The Major League Baseball Rules Committee has voted to ban collisions at home plate, subject to the expected approval of the MLB Players Association.

The rule, a response to recent concussion studies and serious injuries to catchers such as Buster Posey in 2011, will force base runners to slide into home plate.

It could be implemented in time for the 2014 season with MLBPA approval. If the players vote against the measure, MLB can unilaterally put the rule into effect for the 2015 season.

CORCORAN: Another reminder why home plate collisions should be banned

The rule, which must still be defined and finalized prior to a vote, will also prohibit catchers from blocking the plate, similar to players making tags at a base.


80 comments
PritchBomb
PritchBomb

I can't believe that there is this much attention being brought to a play that happens so infrequently.  I don't have a problem with the new rule so long as catchers also can't block the plate if they don't have the ball. Maybe that is the rule, I don't know. It does reek of another example of the powder puffing of professional sports though.

PritchBomb
PritchBomb

I can't believe that something that rarely ever happens is getting this much attention. That said, it's not 

MrArlington
MrArlington

I laugh at the girl boy sports fans applauding this move. Go have an appletini ladies and let us men enjoy the game.

IndependentsDay
IndependentsDay

For all of you that support collisions at home plate, why aren't you calling for collisions at first, or second or third?  There is no excuse for it and the runner has a huge advantage running at full speed at a catcher looking the other direction.  It is a dumb rule that needed to go.    

Marchoir
Marchoir

It's about safety, right? Fine. We all agree that this issue is about the safety and protecting players. OK, then I offer this proposal...in the name of safety. The biggest threat to player safety, and the greatest potential for injury is not the rare collision at home plate. It is the batter being hit by a 100mph pitch. How many collisions at home plate occurred last season versus batters hit by pitched balls? Clearly, the enormous number of batter HBP supports the argument that it is the most dangerous facet of MLB. I hereby propose that MLB ban the overhand pitch and eliminate the pitcher's mound. Mandate that all pitches must be delivered underhand. This would provide a much safer environment for the players, and eliminate the single biggest safety threat. Also, MLB should require all batters and pitchers to wear full face masks as in women's softball. Infielders should be also required to wear chest protectors and face masks to protect against batted balls. An additional home plate, like the ones used in slow pitch rec leagues, would be mandated to eliminate all collisions between the batter and runner. Runners advancing to second base on a batted ball would be prohibited from making contact with the fielder, and would have to give themselves up. The implementation of these new rules would dramatically reduce injuries, and insure maximum protection and safety of the players. Salaries for playing the new and improved game would not be reduced, and players would be compensated even more, for assuming far less risk. Sounds like a plan.

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

Welcome to the big leagues hayseed! 

Next time dont stand on the tracks when the trains comin through

-jack parkman

JohnStevens
JohnStevens

This is a good move for baseball.  The same should be done to protect infielders at second base.  Going into the base is one thing, but the goal in baseball should not be the other player.  This is a game of consumate skill and it should stay that way.  We don't need players injured unnecessarily by these kinds of plays.  I think of Rod Carew taken out at second and, of course, Ray Fosse whose career was ended in an All-Star Game.  That's too high a price to pay for one physical play.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

I used to play catcher because I wanted to take out the runner coming home. New rule but it's for the best.

sportznut3081
sportznut3081

Guys going WAY out of the baseline to take out a middle infielder who is in the air with no protection whatsoever is even more dangerous than the collisions at the plate.  I think this is a good rule for plays where a guy is clearly out by a long shot, but collisions on bang bang plays should still be allowed.  Stuff like Rasmus taking out Omar Infante last year are VERY dangerous.  He missed a lot of time after that play.

Rob14
Rob14

I remember growing up and playing summer ball in high school.  The coaches would meet with the umps before the game, and when our coach came back and said "National League Rules" we all got a little excited because it meant the catcher was fair game -otherwise it was an illegal play in any other league through high school.  Never personally had a chance to 'meet up' with the catcher at home plate under those circumstances, but none the less it made it that much more exciting.


I do believe in player safety, and they should definitely consider not allowing a baserunner to go after the head of the catcher, but to ban it all together is drastic, and a sad day in the grand scheme of the game of baseball.

serveaux
serveaux

Ridiculous. Before you know it, baseball will have less contact than the NFL.

brucem
brucem

What is it to be like? Senior league softball? ball beats runner, runner out? Are we to have a commitment line like in softball? 


Proper technique by the catcher on plays at the plate can drastically eliminate injury. Watch the youtube video of Buster Posey.

Jessica2
Jessica2

A nation of wussies...


I'd rather watch paint dry on my walls that watch 3 hours of boring baseball.


R.I.P. MLB

X1
X1

This rule will only work if they actually call it on a catcher blocking the plate.  If the umps don't call a blocked plate an automatic run, they'll be rewarding catchers who block the plate with an automatic out. 

Mag533
Mag533

So, after a 100 years, the present day metro, weak kneed males control the game and they must take out any male oriented plays.  They are successful in furthering the destruction of the greatest game in the world. Thanks sissy boys.

AlSharpton
AlSharpton

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!! There is a God. None of this colliding %$# was ever part of the game they way it was intended to be played. 

MrArlington
MrArlington

I don't like this decision. It is simply a matter of the owners wanting to protect their assets. The ONLY reason a player ever collides with a player is if they are blocking his base path. How about make a rule that the catcher cannot have his body in front of the plate and shift the burden to the catcher since they are the ones responsible for the collisions.  Slippery slope.

DanRonan
DanRonan

I was in the old Fulton County Stadium when Greg Olson the former Atlanta catcher broke his leg on a brutal, but clean play at home plate where Olson was actually stood up on his head by the runner, he was hit with such force. 


I also umpired at the NCAA level for many years and the play was outlawed there many years ago. Catchers wear down fast, and they are valuable. Good for MLB, nothing is really lost on changing this rule, unless you're the type of person who likes to watch car crashes for fun.


Runners must slide at 2nd and 3rd, what is wrong with making them slide into home instead of blasting into the catcher and trying to put him into the box seats or behind the screen? 


Baseball is not a gladiator sport. As to all of you who claim this is some sort of wuss-a-faction of baseball or sports in general, give me a break. 


Before the NCAA and HS rule was changed I saw catcher's get slammed and a close umpring friend of mine in an NCAA game was the home plate umpire and he says a catcher was hit so hard he thought the kid was dead, when they took him off the field and into an ambulance. 


Good for MLB. A smart decision

dt
dt

Stupid.  How often does a runner collide with a catcher?  

Gert B Frobe
Gert B Frobe

Baseball is dying and this will be the first of many knives to be slowly inserted.  Let those who wish to perform at the highest level take such risks and let them know of these risks so being informed and using FREE WILL becomes how baseball is ultimately played.  I am sickened of the for the greater good being imposed on all of us and now it infiltrates our sports and nothing will improve and fans will see a degradation in excitement and find other sources of entertainment.  I hate to say it, but injuries are actually a part of the game and in the near future we will never see athletes playing hurt as that will be outlawed too and we will become pansies and our kids will see this and its over. 

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

"I don't like it, but there it is (Ike '44 / "TLD")."


Catcher can be in a terribly vulnerable position and can't simply stay off base path, but I think "George" raises the key point: what will constitute a catcher unfairly "blocking the plate?"  Applaud the sentiment (safety) but MLB (MLBPA (?)) may've opened a pandora's box, here. 

bobkurtz99
bobkurtz99

Is the brush back pitch next? Just another thing for the umps to get wrong.  Hopefully instant replay that the umps can see to change a call will be here soon.

DODGERFAIL2013
DODGERFAIL2013

@EasyGoeruntil you tried and failed and got your d1ck stomped on with a cleat.  doctors gave you a sex change and you've been a woman since.


yankees suck

Richard B
Richard B

@Rob14 I'm not sure if allowing a baserunner to go after a leg or a knee is a better idea either. Unlike football where rough physical contact is a part of the game, baseball can be played perfectly fine without collisions at home plate. Like football, a dead sprint by a big guy into another on a special teams play is considered dangerous which is one of the reasons fair catch rules exist.

AlSharpton
AlSharpton

@serveaux That is truer than it appears, since the NFL defensive players no longer try to make contact with the runner but, rather, try to strip the ball out of his hands. They do, however, still take delight in trying to murder the defenseless quarterback.  

BlackSession1
BlackSession1

@Jessica2 Yeah, because the home plate collision, something that might happen once every couple of games, was what kept you around. Go watch some hockey if you need senseless violence. 

RonMiller2
RonMiller2

@X1 Blocking the plate WITHOUT the ball is obstruction.  Not very many collisions happen that way.

MrArlington
MrArlington

I expect AlSharpton to call you a savage in 3,2,1....

Richard B
Richard B

@Mag533 I'm sure you shed a tear for the days when players sharpened their spikes, played without helmets and brawled with umpires which was probably your favorite form of entertainment since Christians were thrown to the lions.

AlSharpton
AlSharpton

@Mag533 Where have you been, sissy boy? These NFL type plays are a recent innovation to the sport of baseball. If you want to see violence, check in with the NFL or NHL. Don't look for it in baseball. 

AlSharpton
AlSharpton

@MrArlington Sheer nonsense! If you want to see collisions of bodies, watch football. Baseball is supposed to be a non-contact game, and it was just that for a hundred years. Makes sense to go back to the way it is supposed to be played. Your argument is what DOESN'T make any sense. You are correct in that a catcher should not be able to block the plate, just other infielders are not allowed to block their bases. If they DO allow the catcher to block the plate, then I (and anyone else with half a brain) will have to agree with you that he is fair game for the runner.

AlSharpton
AlSharpton

@MrArlington Sheer nonsense! If you want to see collisions of bodies, what football. Baseball is supposed to be a non-contact game, and it was just that for a hundred years. Makes sense to go back to the way it is supposed to be played. Your argument is what DOESN'T make any sense. You are correct in that a catcher should not be able to block the plate, just other infielders are not allowed to block their bases. If they DO allow the catcher to block the plate, then I (and anyone else with half a brain) will have to agree with you that he is fair game for the runner.

Mag533
Mag533

@DanRonan You are an idiot and have no concepts of the history of the game and the number of injuries vs the incidents.  Go umpire volleyball.

AlSharpton
AlSharpton

@dt More than you would like to think. Have you seen any baseball games lately? Apparently not. 

blacksaber79
blacksaber79

@Gert B Frobe " I am sickened of the for the greater good being imposed on all of us..."


None of us asked the baseball clubs formed over 100 years ago to be forced upon us as MLB.

None of us asked for the internet. But that was imposed upon us.

No one asked for your pessimistic view of baseball's future. However, it seems you were able to impose that among the casual readers.


And now for more forcing. Based on your response, you seem worried that any changes in baseball  will signal the start of the Apocalypse (tad over dramatic?)

AlSharpton
AlSharpton

@Gert B Frobe Injuries are NOT part of ANY game. What a brutal monster you must be. Baseball was invented as a non-contact sport, not like that Gladiators. If you want to see injuries, watch the Gladiator shiite on tv and stay away from baseball games.

AlSharpton
AlSharpton

@MrArlington No no no. He is absolutely right. Just like the rule where a fielder has to touch a base WITH the ball, not before or after he catches, in order to force the runner at 2nd base.  But, they umps have 'looked the other way' so badly they have probably called runners out even if the fielder just pretended to have a ball in his glove. X1 is right. It is up to the umps to enforce the rule. 

DODGERFAIL2013
DODGERFAIL2013

hey look who it is?  biggest loser fa..ggot on this forum.


i'd love to cut that nose off with a knife

MrArlington
MrArlington

If I want to see a collision of bodies? WTF are you talking about? I simply said if the catcher blocks the runner from reaching the plate the runner should be able to make contact.


My argument DOESN'T make any sense? My original post stated that if a catcher blocks they runner the runner should be able to collide. You then proceed to agree with me on this point. I am not sure where our opinions differ?

AlSharpton
AlSharpton

@Mag533 @DanRonan Mag533, you are the idiot. Why don't YOU go and watch Gladiators on TV or NHL or NFL if violence is your forte. 

Richard B
Richard B

@MrArlington Did you read the original article? Catchers won't be allowed to block the plate just as a first baseman can't block first base.