Creative Blog Response (Buster Olney): http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/9847962/ban-mlb-plate-collisions-likely-team-officials-say
Just like the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball is thinking about changing some of their rules to decrease concussions and injuries. The creation of hybrid icing has given National Hockey League players a sense of confidence that the NHL is thinking about the players about their safety. Hybrid icing is a rule that the National Hockey League established this past summer that will reduce the amount of concussions hockey player’s might face. Definition of Hybrid icing is: the play is stopped immediately if the player on the opposing team reaches the face-off dot first, instead of skating all the way across the goal line to touch the puck.
There have been many incidents over the years in Major League Baseball (MLB) regarding collisions at the plate and how they have seriously injured player’s because of them. After the two incidents at home plate that happened in the American League Championship Series (ALCS) between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers, the MLB expects that the topic to be addressed at the next winter meetings. Alex Avila (Catcher on the Tigers) suffered a strained patellar tendon in his left knee blocking the plate. The 2012 NL MVP missed almost the entire 2011 season after his ankle shattered trying to block the plate. The incidents that happened at the ALCS has not been the first time where a catcher has gotten hurt from blocking the plate.
I believe that this will be a great rule to establish for the MLB. Many more children will try to play the catcher position because they know that they won’t be crashed into purposely at the plate. Secondly, many players today will feel safe when they see a player rounding third and coming straight at them. FInally, the MLB should feel more secure knowing that they will not face any legal action from players that have been hurt from contact at the plate.