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(Major League Baseball)   MLB Rules Committee votes to end home plate collisions and change all uniforms to pink tutus starting with the 2014 season   (mlb.mlb.com) divider line 9
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2013-12-11 11:13:48 PM
4 votes:
There's no place like Home.

Great call by MLB. There is no need for violent collisions.
2013-12-11 10:24:57 PM
3 votes:
They're just saying you can't run into a guy without making an attempt to slide and avoid the tag. So it's being treated like every other base.

So no more of this bullshiat right here:

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2013-12-12 02:45:20 AM
2 votes:

HaywoodJablonski: Gosling: What the catcher is blocking sometimes depends on where the ball's coming in. First and foremost, he's got to get in front of the ball. If that place just happens to be in front of home plate when the runner's coming... I mean, home plate ISN'T like second and third or even first. The runner is required to pull up at second and third, so there's a place the fielder can be and always be safe from harm. The runner can and will run full-steam through home plate, so you have to be cognizant of that. He can run through first too, but there's designated lanes at first. There aren't at home.

Jack McDowell was on MLB Network earlier today saying that he's seen this already in place at some lower levels, and the result is actually an INCREASE in injuries, because runners and catchers are contorting themselves trying to get out of each other's way and end up farking up their legs and knees and ankles in the process.

That sounds like pure bullshiat


The injuries are more from kids that don't know how to slide.
2013-12-11 11:01:10 PM
2 votes:
Also, the managing ranks of baseball are filled with catchers.  That might be a factor here.
2013-12-12 02:05:59 AM
1 votes:

Gosling: What the catcher is blocking sometimes depends on where the ball's coming in. First and foremost, he's got to get in front of the ball. If that place just happens to be in front of home plate when the runner's coming... I mean, home plate ISN'T like second and third or even first. The runner is required to pull up at second and third, so there's a place the fielder can be and always be safe from harm. The runner can and will run full-steam through home plate, so you have to be cognizant of that. He can run through first too, but there's designated lanes at first. There aren't at home.

Jack McDowell was on MLB Network earlier today saying that he's seen this already in place at some lower levels, and the result is actually an INCREASE in injuries, because runners and catchers are contorting themselves trying to get out of each other's way and end up farking up their legs and knees and ankles in the process.


That sounds like pure bullshiat
2013-12-11 11:01:21 PM
1 votes:
It was always ridiculous that the catcher would block the plate anyway.   They weren't supposed to block the plate without the ball, but it happened all the goddamn time.  Now they'll just setup behind the plate, receive the ball and try to make a tag, just like any other base.

I'm fine with this.  Anyone who thinks this in any way diminishes the game has a few screws loose, probably from diving head first into a catcher.
2013-12-11 10:45:53 PM
1 votes:
You know the biggest load of crap from all this is? Collisions are prohibited in every level of baseball until players get to pro ball. NCAA, NHSF, Little League, Pony, travel ball, etc don't allow home plate collisions.

Players do not learn this crap until they start getting paid.
2013-12-11 10:27:40 PM
1 votes:

Dafatone: I'm not too bothered by this.  Home plate collisions are already rare, and it's even rarer that they help out the runner.  I'm not sure what the best way to enforce this is, though.  It seems like catchers will be able to block the plate much, much, much more effectively.

Also, I like collisions at 2nd base.  Let's not lose those.


The way I understand it is this: catchers can not block the plate, runners can not run into the catcher. So there would have to be a clear path for the runner to get to home plate with the catcher obstructing with anything other than his glove with the ball in it.

I think the result will be a lot more sliding into home, so maybe more plays like at 2nd. It's full body contact they're trying to eliminate more than anything.
2013-12-11 10:21:23 PM
1 votes:
I'm not too bothered by this.  Home plate collisions are already rare, and it's even rarer that they help out the runner.  I'm not sure what the best way to enforce this is, though.  It seems like catchers will be able to block the plate much, much, much more effectively.

Also, I like collisions at 2nd base.  Let's not lose those.
 
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