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    MLB to Eliminate Home Plate Collisions

    Bob Nightengale ‏@BNightengale1m
    MLB has now decided to eliminate home-plate collisions at home plate, meaning, players must slide going into home.

    Buster Olney ‏@Buster_ESPN3m
    Also: Players who violate the HP collision rules--catchers by blocking home, runners in targeting catchers--could be subject to discipline.

    Buster Olney ‏@Buster_ESPN4m
    MLB working to fast-track rules against HP collisions for'14. In discussion today, was talk of making this play subject to umps' review
    Last edited by grandsalami; 12-11-2013 at 05:08 PM.

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    Lame.

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    Stupid. Block the plate right and there won't be any problems or injury's.

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    Considering the continued research going into the long-term effects of concussions in sports and the prevalence of those kinds of injuries when it comes to Home-Plate collisions, not to mention the money invested by teams into these players, a rule change makes sense and should be welcome.

    Appeals to juvenile bravado and false machismo aside a basic rule change that still allows slides/close-plays at the plate like any other base, but not the idiocy that is football style full contact hits should be good.

    It will be interesting to see what the content of the rule change amounts to in the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceHawk-181 View Post
    Considering the continued research going into the long-term effects of concussions in sports and the prevalence of those kinds of injuries when it comes to Home-Plate collisions, not to mention the money invested by teams into these players, a rule change makes sense and should be welcome.

    Appeals to juvenile bravado and false machismo aside a basic rule change that still allows slides/close-plays at the plate like any other base, but not the idiocy that is football style full contact hits should be good.

    It will be interesting to see what the content of the rule change amounts to in the end.
    +1

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    If they're just going to take the run away from a team any time an ump dictates there was too much contact at the plate, this is going to be a nightmare. They'd have to put a strict slide rule into effect, and even then I can see some murkiness.

    "If we think we’re going to go out in a seek and destroy mission, this team will just laugh at you. They’ve had people running at them for five years; they know how to deal with it. Going out and thinking we’re going to intimidate the Chicago Blackhawks is nuts. They’ve seen all of that before and they just play right through it.

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    Why not make them change into a tutu at 3rd while they're at it. This whole rule is ********. You don't want a concussion. Don't play catcher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KobeOwnSU View Post
    You don't want a concussion. Don't play catcher.
    Who would play catcher?
    Can't imagine too many people actively WANT brain injuries.

    Quote Originally Posted by KobeOwnSU View Post
    Why not make them change into a tutu
    That's an interesting request.
    But it's cool...I don't judge.

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    HP collision rule change LIKELY!

    Though I love the collisions at the plate, I realize the right decision is to remove it. I just wonder how long it will be before every person the field has to wear a helmet at all times.
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    Parity is about equality of opportunity, not equality of results.

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    Can we get rid of pitchers and just use t's...because a fastball could injure a player, and no cleats because you might knick someone's shin. No taking an aggressive slide into second you might turn an ankle.

    I understand these aren't the same but its part of the game...if you are afraid of the contact and risk don't be catcher or play soft....lets coddle the players as much as possible and get rid of all edge.
    The real 99% are idiots and sheep when you post give me a reason to believe you are part of the 1%.

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    if it ain't broke, don;'t fix it. stop messing up baseball MLB
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    There are few collisions at other bases because no fielder wants to take spikes in the leg on a regular basis so they get out of the way when possible. Catchers have the shin pads that allow them to block the plate without risk of being spiked. Is the new rule going to prohibit catchers blocking the plate or are they going to make baserunners sidestep them? Lots of good defensive catchers can make it very difficult to get to the plate on a close play if they know they cant be run into or slid through.
    I'm all for making it a safer game, but they really need to make any rule changes fair to all parties. This could be a disaster if not done right.
    Last edited by GrumpyOldMan; 11-14-2013 at 08:13 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by filihok View Post
    +1
    -1.

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    Good. Collisions at the plate add nothing to the game.

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    As George Carlin would say, "the pussification of America continues"....

    This is getting silly. I fear for the future if we continue babying things up like this.

    Catcher can be a dangerous position, if you are worried about collisions then you are playing the wrong position. And the bigger question would be how a rule like this would be implemented and enforced. Give the umpires the ability to make a judgement call? Nice...
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