Ban on Plate Collisions More Likely

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.

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3 Responses to Ban on Plate Collisions More Likely

  1. I personally think that this is a good idea to slightly extend the playing careers of catchers. They already take a brutal beating by taking foul balls off their bodies, having to crouch down for every pitch which causes a wear and tear on the knees, and by getting into collisions so that the runner can score a run by throwing his body at the catcher to make him drop it. Buster Posey was injured a few seasons ago because of these kind of home plate collisions. It will take an adjustment period perhaps for players to get used to not steamrolling the catcher but it is worth it to protect the catchers in the game of baseball.

    Marked – SE

  2. ericfoster11 says:

    I agree, the number of incidents that have happened from home plate collisions, it seems like a pretty unnecessary action. Similarly to head shots in hockey, it is an opportunity to attempt to help improve the careers of players and help keep catchers safe. There are definitely some big baseball players, and I’m sure they feel a lot more comfortable running over a catcher than a catcher does about to be bowled over. By taking these away, it ensures that all players are a little safer and as you said, hopefully it leads to more children wanting to play the catcher because they will feel safer.

    Marked – SE

  3. rbpatriots12 says:

    I agree as Catchers are becoming more valuable in terms of stopping base stealing and calling games for their respective pitchers. As Panikkar said, Posey was the reigning MVP and was hurt in the first month of the season from a serious collision at the plate. However, are you really going to take on of the most exciting plays in all sport away ? ” play at the plate” is one if not the most exciting phrase in baseball besides a grand salami or a no-no, yes safety needs to be taken into account but for those people that barely watch baseball taking this out could potentially cost the MLB tonnes of fans.

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