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MLB reportedly to consider home-plate collision ban

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09:51 AM ET 10.20 | In the aftermath of two home plate collisions in the American League Championship Series on Thursday, officials from other teams reiterated that they expect the topic of banning that play to be raised again in meetings this winter. Given how quickly sentiment within the sport about collisions is shifting -- particularly as information about concussions has come to light, including the cost of concussion-related lawsuits faced by the National Football League -- some officials talk of change as inevitable and predict that it could come swiftly. "At this point, I don't know who would argue to keep it, or what their argument would be," said one team official who believes general managers will address the topic at their meetings next month. "There is no reasoned argument to keep it [in the game]."

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October 20, 2013  09:57 AM ET

They should. There's no rule allowing the fielder to block access to the plate. It's not allowed on any other base.

October 20, 2013  10:14 AM ET

So when a catcher sets up with all that equipment on and blocks home plate, what do they expect a base runner to do?

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October 20, 2013  10:23 AM ET
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So when a catcher sets up with all that equipment on and blocks home plate, what do they expect a base runner to do?

If you can't collide then the catcher will need to be called for interference for blocking the base path.

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October 20, 2013  10:29 AM ET
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Actually, if a fielder has the ball he can block the bag at any base. It's baseball and has been this way for over a century. Of course this nation wasn't turning out girlie men 100 years ago at the rate we are today.

exactly, a infielder isn't going to stick his leg in front of the bag unless he wants to get spiked. A catcher has protection. Sliding into a catchers shin guard is a good way to break your leg.

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October 20, 2013  10:53 AM ET
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How bout the Flyin Hawaiian?

unbelievable, he sucked the whole series. In fact the whole offense sucked the whole series. But man they sure made the few hits they got count.

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October 20, 2013  12:29 PM ET

Ironically ,this ALCS is also spurred discussion about the practice of the phantom call at 2nd base. Much criticism was heaped about umps who call an out when the infielder is steps away from the bag. Well, you can't have it one way at one base and the other at home. Of course, all sorts of crap comes out of the mouth of Tim effin' McCarver.

October 20, 2013  12:32 PM ET

It also bears mentioning that Avila was back in the lineup for the next game. So, what are wringing are hands over? Buster Posey? Ray Fosse?

October 20, 2013  12:32 PM ET
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Actually, if a fielder has the ball he can block the bag at any base. It's baseball and has been this way for over a century. Of course this nation wasn't turning out girlie men 100 years ago at the rate we are today.

"OBSTRUCTION is the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and
not in the act of fielding the ball, impedes the progress of any runner."

That's the definition of obstruction for MLB. It's extremely vague. I believe the original intent of "the "while not in possession of the ball" was to allow the fielder to tag the runner without being called for obstructon. a new interpretation for the umpires is all that's needed to stop fielders from blocking the base. I could not find a single rule which specifically allows a fielder to block a base. The idea f being allowed to block the base is interpretation and tradition which need to be changed.

Sports were originally used to prepare men for battle. We have far, far more effective ways of doing that today. It's silly to bust each other up unecessarily in a game of skill like baseball.

October 20, 2013  12:35 PM ET
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Ironically ,this ALCS is also spurred discussion about the practice of the phantom call at 2nd base. Much criticism was heaped about umps who call an out when the infielder is steps away from the bag. Well, you can't have it one way at one base and the other at home. Of course, all sorts of crap comes out of the mouth of Tim effin' McCarver.

We had a double play in the NLDS where the throw at second pulled the fielder off the bag and the runner was still called out. It didn't affect the outcome of the game; but, I seen no reason the defense should be given double plays which weren't actually made.

October 20, 2013  12:40 PM ET
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"OBSTRUCTION is the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball andnot in the act of fielding the ball, impedes the progress of any runner." That's the definition of obstruction for MLB. It's extremely vague. I believe the original intent of "the "while not in possession of the ball" was to allow the fielder to tag the runner without being called for obstructon. a new interpretation for the umpires is all that's needed to stop fielders from blocking the base. I could not find a single rule which specifically allows a fielder to block a base. The idea f being allowed to block the base is interpretation and tradition which need to be changed. Sports were originally used to prepare men for battle. We have far, far more effective ways of doing that today. It's silly to bust each other up unecessarily in a game of skill like baseball.

So would you outlaw the take out slide at 2B as well?

October 20, 2013  02:04 PM ET
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So would you outlaw the take out slide at 2B as well?

Yes, as long as there was a clear path to the bag there's no reason to make contact wth the fielder. They should be required to avoid contact where possible. No taking out the fielders and no pretending the fielder was on the base when taking the throw. It'll all come out in the wash and players get to play longer instead of being injured unecessarily.

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October 20, 2013  05:14 PM ET

tough spot to be able to handle but then again catchers should get tough dollar as fair reward :-) :-)

October 20, 2013  05:50 PM ET

Concussions will become a BIG legal liability for owners if it can be shown they had knowledge of the danger and didn't do anything to reduce the risk.
It's a Lawyer's world guys 'n gals!

 
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