New collision rule is protecting catchers
April, 23, 2014
By Buster Olney | ESPN Insider
AP Photo/Lenny IgnelziYou are no longer seeing catchers get run over at home plate.BOSTON -- In the days ahead, Major League Baseball will likely announce some tweaks and adjustments with the way that rules are being interpreted, including an affirmation of the new regulations attached to home plate collisions.
The catchers probably will be reminded of what they were told in spring training: If they don't possess the baseball and they are standing in front of home plate, then the run will score. This sort of dictum will lead to a lot of head-scratching and a recitation of the gray area and frustration for some players and managers.
But as one highly ranked team executive noted the other day, there is one thing we aren't seeing these days: Catchers getting hammered by baserunners.
We aren't seeing catchers curled up in a fetal position near home plate, knocked out or conscious but senseless, as a dazed baserunner looks over and trainers and managers run out of the dugouts.