Posted February 24, 2014

MLB rule banning certain home plate collisions to take effect this season

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Boston Red Sox's David Ross rams into Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila in last year's ALCS. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Boston Red Sox catcher David Ross rams into Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila in last year’s ALCS. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association adopted a rule Monday that bans “egregious collisions” at home plate for the 2014 season, MLB and the MLBPA announced.

Rule 7.13 states that catchers can block the plate if they catch the ball before a runner arrives, but the catcher cannot block the path of runner trying to score. If catcher does block in such fashion, the runner will be called safe.

The rule also states that runners who slide, and catchers who provide the runner with a lane to reach plate, will never be found to be in violation of the new rule. The new instant replay will be available to review potential violations of the new rule. The umpire has the discretion to use replay to see if the rule was violated.

More from MLB.com:

MLB will distribute training materials throughout Spring Training, and discussions on the new rule, including the retraining of catchers and base runners, will be held during MLB’s meetings with managers in the weeks ahead. Additionally, MLB and the MLBPA will form a committee of players and managers to review developments as the season progresses and to discuss the possible application of the new rule in 2015.


17 comments
rentistoohigh
rentistoohigh

"MLB INC member clubs can now sue a sliding player for damages to company property...so slide like fairy people"


-----------Bud on his way out

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

I bet it would be allowed if all catchers had neck tattoos like that thug in St. Louis.

redsoxfan1234
redsoxfan1234

They've been doing it that way for over a 100 years, what's next changing to a Nerf ball to prevent hit-by-pitch injuries!

RobertBobCoats
RobertBobCoats

Lets just put a skirt on the catcher like they have on the quarterback in the NFL.

MrArlington
MrArlington

Up next is the banning of the hard slide into second base....

Dude On A Mission
Dude On A Mission

Call this the Buster Posey rule - but the problem has always been the way this is called.  I have attached the link to the YouTube video you will see Posey does have the ball first but then drops the ball.  Did the collision cause the loose ball or did he drop the ball on his own?  That is a problem the umpires need to work out on their replay process and they should use this play has training because this will come up again.  How it gets implemented is key.  Here is the link:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j0GESR2YbA


At the end of the day umpires need to see this play two ways.  1)  Does the ball beat the runner - if so the runner cannot touch the catcher and must avoid the tag at the plate.  2)  Does the runner get there before the ball - if so he is likely SAFE but he should not be harassed at home plate by the catcher.


In the play involving Buster Posey the runner should have made an effort to touch the plate first because there was space for him to score before being tagged - that did not happen so he should be OUT as long as the catcher hangs onto the ball through the process.  If the catcher loses the ball because he is touched by the runner before the ball arrives, then the runner should be OUT.  If the ball and the runner arrive at home plate at the same time the tie is supposed to go to the runner so the runner would be SAFE.


The problem is that that this has been called the wrong way for years because it sells tickets to see a play at the plate.  It has been called wrong on all levels of baseball so it will be interesting to see MLB try to clarify it.  Somehow I think my clarification is better than anything we will see out of MLB.

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

again anyone remember 2002 what the highlight of the marlins run was, it was ivan rodriguez blocking the plate preventing JT Snow from scoring the tieing run and that being the final out of the series and him holding the ball up in triumph

MrArlington
MrArlington

@The_truth_hurts I heard he was going to shave his head. He told the press that having hair on his head "wasted good tattoo space" and then grunted.

MattGoode
MattGoode

@The_truth_hurts That comment doesn't make sense, considering soccer has plenty of legal collisions when the ball is being contested.  That said, the home plate collisions are ridiculously out of place in a largely non-contact sport.  I just don't see why catchers should be victims of unnecessary injuries. 

Junkjunk
Junkjunk

@The_truth_hurts Ahhhh... a tough guy no doubt posting from his cubicle.  Just what "manly" sports do you participate in?