Baseball purists, take a deep breath.
Major League Baseball has announced a plan to eliminate home plate collisions, possibly as soon as next season, but no later than 2015.
It means catchers will not be allowed to block home plate and runners will not be allowed to target catchers.
And blocking or targeting will be reviewable and players who violate the new rules will be fined or maybe even suspended.
Why is baseball doing this?
It falls under the category of player safety and the concern about concussions, and the debate really ramped up in 2011 when Giants star catcher Buster Posey was railroaded at the plate and suffered a season ending leg and ankle injury.
As you can imagine, the decision is not going over well with some of the greats of the game, including Pete Rose.
Baseball’s all-time hits leader says he is not happy with the proposed change, and wonders if breaking up double plays at 2nd base is next on baseball’s hit list.
Is beaning batters, or pitching inside, also on baseball’s radar?
I understand the argument from both sides, but I agree with this new rule.
Fans pay a lot of money to see the best players play… and removing a workplace hazard is fine with me.