MLB implements new Home Plate collision rules

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    MLB implements new Home Plate collision rules

    From MLBTraderumors.com:

    Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that they have agreed to implement an experimental rule that is designed to eliminate "most egregious collisions at home plate." The official language of the rule, per the press release, is as follows:

    • "A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate).  If, in the judgment of the Umpire, a runner attempting to score initiates contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate) in such a manner, the Umpire shall declare the runner out (even if the player covering home plate loses possession of the ball).
    • Unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner as he is attempting to score.  If, in the judgment of the Umpire, the catcher, without possession of the ball, blocks the pathway of the runner, the Umpire shall call or signal the runner safe."

    The rule, numbered Rule 7.13, does not bar players from colliding with a catcher if the ball is already clearly in the catcher's possession by the time the runner reaches home plate. Factors in determining whether or not a runner violated the rule will be whether or not he made an effort to touch home plate, lowered his shoulders or pushed through the catcher leading with his hands, elbows or arms. Runners who slide and catchers who leave a path for the runner to get to the plate will not be found in violation of the rule.

    MLB and the MLBPA will form a committee of players and managers to review the rule as the season progresses, with an eye on full-time implementation for the 2015 season. Rule 7.13 plays will be reviewable under expanded instant replay.

     
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    Re: MLB implements new Home Plate collision rules

    lets give it a shot

    but I thought they were going to keep it simple

    and just forbid hitting the catcher above the belt

     
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    Re: MLB implements new Home Plate collision rules

    In response to pinstripezac35's comment:
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    lets give it a shot

    but I thought they were going to keep it simple

    and just forbid hitting the catcher above the belt

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    can you kick him in the nuts?

     
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    Re: MLB implements new Home Plate collision rules

    In response to SpacemanEephus' comment:


    can you kick him in the nuts?




    I think that depends if the catcher is a user or not ;-)

     
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    Re: MLB implements new Home Plate collision rules

    In response to pinstripezac35's comment:
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    In response to SpacemanEephus' comment:


    can you kick him in the nuts?




    I think that depends if the catcher is a user or not ;-)

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    Good point.  

     
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    Re: MLB implements new Home Plate collision rules

    In response to mrmojo1120's comment:
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    From MLBTraderumors.com:

    Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that they have agreed to implement an experimental rule that is designed to eliminate "most egregious collisions at home plate." The official language of the rule, per the press release, is as follows:

    • "A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate).  If, in the judgment of the Umpire, a runner attempting to score initiates contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate) in such a manner, the Umpire shall declare the runner out (even if the player covering home plate loses possession of the ball).
    • Unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner as he is attempting to score.  If, in the judgment of the Umpire, the catcher, without possession of the ball, blocks the pathway of the runner, the Umpire shall call or signal the runner safe."

    The rule, numbered Rule 7.13, does not bar players from colliding with a catcher if the ball is already clearly in the catcher's possession by the time the runner reaches home plate. Factors in determining whether or not a runner violated the rule will be whether or not he made an effort to touch home plate, lowered his shoulders or pushed through the catcher leading with his hands, elbows or arms. Runners who slide and catchers who leave a path for the runner to get to the plate will not be found in violation of the rule.

    MLB and the MLBPA will form a committee of players and managers to review the rule as the season progresses, with an eye on full-time implementation for the 2015 season. Rule 7.13 plays will be reviewable under expanded instant replay.

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    to simplfy it...in little league it's called slide or avoid. Much to do about nothing...It's about time they eliminated collisions at home plate...far too many catchers get injured attempting to block the plate. 

     
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    Re: MLB implements new Home Plate collision rules

    Just what Baseball needs another rule that's open to interpretation.......sweet.  You would think "they" would try to come up with rules that take the human element out of the game.

     

     

     

    • "A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate).  If, in the judgment of the Umpire, a runner attempting to score initiates contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate) in such a manner, the Umpire shall declare the runner out (even if the player covering home plate loses possession of the ball).
    • Unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner as he is attempting to score.  If, in the judgment of the Umpire, the catcher, without possession of the ball, blocks the pathway of the runner, the Umpire shall call or signal the runner safe."
     
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    Re: MLB implements new Home Plate collision rules

    You can't block any other base. Why should you be allowed to block home plate? It should never have been allowed.

     
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