Dayn Perry, CBS Eye On Baseball Writer:
“As I’ve thundered before in this very space, plate collisions aren’t a part of baseball history in any meaningful sense, and the usual precursor to such a collision — i.e., the catcher’s reposing in the base-path without the ball in his possession or within his reach — is already against the rules. Please absorb those two italicized facts before trumpeting the putative old-school credentials of those who blow up catchers.”
Mike Felger, 98.5 The Sports Hub (CBS Boston):
“Stephen Drew had the most gruesome injury we’ve ever seen when he was with Arizona sliding into homeplate – he wasn’t barreling into the catcher. Jason Varitek broke his arm and missed half the season by diving for a pop up in the on-deck circle. It’s a dangerous position, you’re going to get banged up and most of those injuries don’t come from collisions.”
Home plate collisions may be leaving Major League Baseball, but the arguments surrounding the controversial tactic are definitely not going anywhere.
The MLB rules committee is considering whether to ban collisions at home plate between the catcher and baserunner. Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that the ban is likely going to be passed and then sent to the Players Association to be finalized.
This subject isn’t as black and white as it may seem; it’s not simply purists vs. progressives. If passed, the ban would change the way professional baseball in America is played — particularly the role of a catcher.
How would you feel about a ban on home plate collisions?