View Full Version : MLB set to ban home-plate collisions, needs MLBPA approval

12-11-2013, 06:21 PM
ORLANDO - In a press conference with MLB executive vice president of baseball operations and Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, Major League Baseball announced that it was approved a ban on home-plate collisions in which the baserunner plows over the catcher in an attempt to jar the ball loose.

The deal won't be official for the 2014 season until the MLB Players Association approves it, but that is the final hurdle and MLB can compel a move if not approved by the MLBPA in time for the 2015 season.

So, macho men, get your pitchforks. This thing is happening.

Moving forward, the rule will be that runners have to slide if there's a play at the plate. Also of note here is that catcher's blocking the plate without the ball is technically supposed to be an obstruction call -- but due to the baseball world having accepted the collision at home plate for so long, it's one of those rules that isn't really enforced.

As stated in Rule 7.06(b):

The catcher, without the ball in his possession, has no right to block the pathway of the runner attempting to score. The base line belongs to the runner and the catcher should be there only when he is fielding a ball or when he already has the ball in his hand.

With players now facing fines and possible suspensions for violating the new rule, expect the flip-side to be obstruction by the catcher being enforced.


What are your thoughts on this?

12-11-2013, 06:55 PM
Stupid. It's a part of the game.

12-11-2013, 09:19 PM
I don't really have a problem with it. We see many more horrific injuries than balls jarred loose at the plate.

12-19-2013, 08:28 PM
Yeah, wish they wouldn't go through with this. It's like fighting in hockey in that's a big part of the game.