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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed on a rule change Monday, announcing the much-discussed revision that will ban purposeful collisions at home plate.
Rule 7.13 now says that a runner cannot initiate contact with the catcher (or another defensive player) when attempting to score. Catchers can block the plate but only after gaining possession of the ball.
In the view of Red Sox manager John Farrell, little will change for the catchers. But he believes all runners should now slide into home to avoid collisions.
“There’s no contact, no collision,” Farrell said.
Runners who plow into the catcher will be called out and could face ejection or suspension. The play will be subject to video review.