Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Major League Baseball banning home plate collisions

In a motion approved Wednesday afternoon, Major League Baseball has approved a proposal to outlaw collisions at home plate. Pending approval by the MLB Players Association, the new ban could take effect as early as the 2014 season.

Runners will now be required to slide into home plate and catchers will no longer be able to block the dish. Players who violate the new rule will be subject to discipline.

As stated in Rule 7.06(b):

The catcher, without the ball in his possession, has no right to block the pathway of the runner attempting to score. The base line belongs to the runner and the catcher should be there only when he is fielding a ball or when he already has the ball in his hand.

As Buster Olney of notes, umpires will even have the ability to use instant replay in order to make a final decision on whether a player violates the rule.

Via Eye on Baseball


  1. Football has collisions like this on every play. Not judging, just saying. Also, I wonder how enforcing 2nd base like other bases would affect the game. I think it would create more offense since fewer plays would be outs.

    1. I don't know how you can compare this to football but they are penalizing for hits on defenseless receivers now and that's what is happened to catcher's all along. But when the catcher does not give the runner the ability to get to the plate the runner has no choice but to truck the catcher. So in my opinion I think they should require the catcher and all fielders to allow the runner access to the base or plate period. If the runner has access to the base or plate and run into the fielder then there should be criminal charges.