MLB Home Plate Collision Rules Shouldn’t Be Changed
A couple of night’s ago, San Francisco All-Star catcher Buster Posey suffered a fracture in his lower left leg on a collision at the plate with Florida’s Scott Cousins.
The All-Star catcher was put on the disabled list with a broken fibula and severely strained ligaments in his left ankle and could miss the rest of the season.
There is talk now about rules changes to prevent these types of things from happening again.
This is just silly.
Major League Baseball shouldn’t change the rules at home plate because of the Buster Posey injury. They shouldn’t change the game because of this one incident!
It’s part of baseball and it’s been that way forever. It’s not going away. It’s as much a part of the game as called strike 3, double play grounders and the infield fly rule.
This is just the typical over-reaction when something like this happens.
Where were all these people two weeks ago? No one was talking about these dangers when the season started. But if an injury happens to a star just one time and all of a sudden, we should completely revamp the game.
No we shouldn’t.
What should the rules be? No contact at all with the catcher? What about the contact at 2nd and 3rd base?
I’ve seen some pretty violent collisions there too. In fact, didn’t Nick Swisher take out the Twins 2nd baseman earlier this year? Why wasn’t anyone asking for the rules to be changed then?
But again, what should we do to change it? Have it where runners can only slide feet first at home? This isn’t realistic and quite reactionary.
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