Orlando, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Major League Baseball has approved a ban on home-plate collision during which a baserunner plows over the catcher in an attempt to jar the ball loose.
This was announced by MLB executive vice president of baseball operations and Mets general manager Sandy Alderson in a press conference.
“This is, I think, in response to a few issues that have arisen,” Alderson said. “One is just the general occurrence of injuries from these incidents at home plate that affects players, both runners and catchers — and also the general concern about concussions that exists not only in baseball but throughout professional sports and amateur sports today.”
“It’s an emerging issue and one that we in baseball have to address as well as other sports. So that’s part of the impetus for this rule change as well,” Alderson added.
The rule will be formally presented to the MLBPA in January. Even if the union votes it down, MLB can unilaterally implement the rule for the 2015 season. According to the new rule, runners have to slide if there’s a play at the plate.
“The exact language and how exactly the rule will be enforced is subject to final determination,” Alderson said. “We’re going to do a fairly extensive review of the types of plays that occur at home plate to determine which we’re going to find acceptable and which are going to be prohibited.”
Alderson added that the rule will go through a final draft and then run through the rules committee before being presented to the MLBPA.