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I understand the safety issues, but it'll be like watching TJ Duckett tip toeing to home plate.

http://espn.go.com/mlb/hotstove13/story/_/id/10121849/mlb-intends-ban-home-plate-collisions-2015

MLB to ban home plate collisions

Updated: December 11, 2013, 6:20 PM ET

ESPN.com news services

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Major League Baseball plans to eliminate home plate collisions, possibly as soon as next season but no later than by 2015.

Sources tell ESPN.com's Buster Olney that there is a strong desire for MLB's rules committee to to fast track the specific rule changes in time for next season.

Baseball plans to eliminate home plate collisions, like the one that injured Buster Posey in 2011.

• Under the rules changes being discussed, sources told Olney:

• Catchers will not be allowed to block home plate.

• Runners will not be permitted to target the catchers.

• The question of whether or not the plate was blocked or the runner targeted the catcher will be reviewable, with an immediate remedy available to the umpires.

• Catchers or runners who violate the new rules will be subject to disciplinary action.

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, chairman of the rules committee, made the announcement Wednesday at the winter meetings.

"This is, I think, in response to a few issues that have arisen," Alderson said. "One is just the general occurrence of injuries from these incidents at home plate that affect players, both runners and catchers. And also kind of the general concern about concussions that exists not only in baseball but throughout professional sports and amateur sports today. It's an emerging issue, and one that we in baseball have to address, as well as other sports."

Alderson said wording of the rules change will be presented to owners for approval at the Jan. 16 meeting in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

"The exact language and how exactly the rule will be enforced is subject to final determination," he said. "We're going to do fairly extensive review of the types of plays that occur at home plate to determine which we're going to find acceptable and which are going to be prohibited."

Approval of the players' union is needed for the rules change to be effective for 2014.

"If the players' association were to disapprove, then the implementation of the rule would be suspended for one year, but could be implemented unilaterally after that time," Alderson said.

Discussion to limit or ban collisions has intensified since May 2011, when San Francisco's Buster Posey was injured by Florida's Scott Cousins. Posey, an All-Star catcher, sustained a broken bone in his lower left leg and three torn ligaments in his ankle, an injury that ended his season.

Posey returned to win the NL batting title and MVP award in 2012, when he led the Giants to their second World Series title in three seasons.

Mike Matheny, the St. Louis Cardinals' manager and a former catcher, made an emotional presentation about the impact of concussions on his life. MLB estimates that about 50 percent of concussions are related to collisions.

Information from ESPN.com's Buster Olney and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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They don't call catchers gear "the tools of ignorance" for nothing. I definitely understand the safety aspect of this proposed rule change. I just think that potential plate collisions are so ingrained as part of the game, that players aren't going to be able to make that last split second decision. Much like half of the roughing the passer calls in football, a defensive player has a split second to pull up or they get flagged. I just don't see it working. A play at the plate is actually one of my 3 favorite plays behind a triple and an inside the park home run and I'm usually rooting for the team on the field to get the out.....unless it's the Brave's coming into home. biggrin.png

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They don't call catchers gear "the tools of ignorance" for nothing. I definitely understand the safety aspect of this proposed rule change. I just think that potential plate collisions are so ingrained as part of the game, that players aren't going to be able to make that last split second decision. Much like half of the roughing the passer calls in football, a defensive player has a split second to pull up or they get flagged. I just don't see it working. A play at the plate is actually one of my 3 favorite plays behind a triple and an inside the park home run and I'm usually rooting for the team on the field to get the out.....unless it's the Brave's coming into home. biggrin.png

It's not ingrained either. It's been banned for years a the little league and amateur levels.

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This just weakens the MLB.

Explain your thought process there. How exactly does banning a play that can cause severe damage to a player (see Carlos Santana, Brian McCann, Buster Posey) weaken the sport, especially when it's already been done at levels lower than professional baseball.

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Explain your thought process there. How exactly does banning a play that can cause severe damage to a player (see Carlos Santana, Brian McCann, Buster Posey) weaken the sport, especially when it's already been done at levels lower than professional baseball.

How are plate collisions more severe than this?

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And why do I think it weakens the sport? Because it's part of mlb history.

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Yeah lets take this away... rolleyes.gif

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You can't control a pitch getting away from someone. You can control a person lowering their shoulder into a person. But yeah, let's show a .gif of a collision that pretty much ruined the career of Ray Fosse and call it "history".

MLB might as well ban fastballs too since you're more likely to die from out of control fastballs. And that collision may have ruined Ray Fosse career but people still talk about it.

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You can't control a pitch getting away from someone. You can control a person lowering their shoulder into a person. But yeah, let's show a .gif of a collision that caused some pretty severe damage to Ray Fosse (that he still deals with today) and call it "history".

Not to mention that it happened in a completely meaningless game.

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Let's take note of some other things people still talk about:

The Brawl at the Palace

9/11

The Kennedy Assassination

The Lincoln Assassination

Guess what all of those have in common? They are all negative events in "history" that people still talk about today. Some are more extreme cases than others, but I'm sure you get the point.

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