One key thing that is important to every league owner and league itself is player safety.
We all know the type of punishment catchers who play professional baseball can take on a day to day basis. They can catch foul tips to the mask, hit with a bat during a follow through or slammed into at home plate by a runner looking to put a run on the board for their team.
Now the league and general managers are going to be meeting up in a couple weeks and a key topic is going to be collisions at home plate. It looks like they’re going to do everything in their power to either eliminate them all together or try to see if there is a way to work around them.
Eliminating such plays will definitely take it’s toll on the game. There has been plate collisions since the very beginning and it’s sort of like the National Football League and their rule about runners who lower their heads and use the crown of their helmets to pick up extra yards.
Not only are concussions are major factor in these collisions at home plate, but broken bones have also been sustained after some hard hitting plays. These guys don’t really have any padding as most take off their catchers mask before a relay throw gets to them before attempting to get the runner out.
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey suffered a broken leg a couple seasons ago against the Miami Marlins which sidelined him for an entire season. Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins has suffered some concussions in his career due to some collisions and he actually missed some time last season due to one. He was later moved to first base and may end up staying there for the remainder of his Twins career.
It will be a tough thing to work around, but I’m confident the league will look to find a way to make it work. I just know a lot of people are going to be outraged when something who nobody really agree’s with, is actually agree’d upon between the League itself and general managers.
More will be posted after the meeting concludes in a couple weeks.