Should trucking/running into the catcher be outlawed?
As we have seen the past few seasons (Santana and Posey most recent MLB examples) Plays at the plate (or more specifically running/trucking into the catcher) has proven to be a very dangerous play for the baserunner to make, due to the high likelihood of the catcher suffering a serious injury. Earlier this week Brandon Douglas of Double-A Erie (Tigers) and catcher Brian Jeroloman of Harrisburg (Nationals) were involved in a play at the plate, and it resulted in Brian Jeroloman eventually being placed on the DL. which once again has sparked a debate amoung writters on if running into the catcher should be outlawed. http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/23508065
Probably, but it won't until someone's career is ruined. People act like it's some huge part of baseball or something despite the fact that forcing the runner to slide and barring the catcher from using anything but his foot to block the plate makes for just as exciting a play. Head injuries are changing sports, if you can trim something as trivial as collisions at the plate to make the game safer I don't see what's so objectionable.
**** just watch that video. All that meathead has to do is slide to his right and he's got half the plate to get his hand across. Fans get to see a close, exciting play at the plate and no one's career has to be put in jeopardy.
I don't understand why it needs to be a part of the game. It basically allows for a full-speed tackle of a defenseless player. Minor rule tweaks could do away with it completely. Why can't home plate be like the other 3 bases - no contact?
I don't have a strong preference for it one way or another, but I just don't see any logical argument for allowing that kind of play.