Major League Baseball and its players have banned most home-plate collisions but left open an exception if the catcher has the ball and is blocking the runner’s direct path to home plate.
Major League Baseball said Wednesday it intends to eliminate home plate collisions by 2015 at the latest. Not everyone is pleased.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, chairman of the rules committee, made the announcement Wednesday at the winter meetings. Player safety and concern over concussions were major factors in the decision.
Lou Brock’s shoulder-to-shoulder collision with Bill Freehan during the 1968 World Series and Pete Rose’s bruising hit on Ray Fosse in the 1970 All-Star game could become relics of baseball history, like the dead-ball era.
“At this point, I don’t know who would argue to keep it, or what their argument would be,” one team official said. “There is no reasoned argument to keep it (in the game).”