Major League Baseball has decided to ban the ability of a baserunner to intentionally collide with a catcher in an attempt to score a run. Personally, I’m in favor of this. It never made any sense to me. If people want to see those kinds of collisions, go watch football. A catcher is all geared up, but his protection is intended to lessen the blow from a baseball, not a 220 pound man charging into him at full speed. The equipment is negligible. Also, why is it an accepted practice to barrel into a catcher like this but no other fielder? Imagine if a runner were able to simply run over a first baseman on a routine ground out? I bet those close plays at first wouldn’t be so close when the fielder is shying away.
Do you like the ban? Or is this a part of the game’s history and should still be allowed?
Here are some examples of the collisions:
Pete Rose vs. Ray Fosse:
(Fosse, the catcher was never the same again)
Buster Posey two years ago, ended his season: