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Major League Baseball to Ban Home Plate Collisions

December 11th, 2013 at 11:02 PM
By Michael Almonte

Major League Baseball announced Wednesday they plan to eliminate home plate collisions as early as next season and no later than 2015.

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Buster Olney of ESPN is reporting there is a strong desire for MLB's rules committee to implement the rule changes in affect for next season.

According to Olney, these are the rules that are being discussed:

1. Catchers will not be allowed to block home plate.

2. Runners will not be permitted to target the catchers

3. The question of whether or not the plate was blocked or the runner targeted the catcher will be reviewable, with an immediate remedy available to the umpires

4. Catchers or runners who violate the new rules will be subject to disciplinary action.

 

Giants fans know first hand of home plate collisions after Buster Posey was injured by Scott Cousins of the Florida Marlins in May 2011 that ended his season. 

 

 

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