Sep 3, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski (12) tags out Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) in a collision at home plate during the third inning at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Home-Plate collision rule adopted by players & owners

The news had been rumored to break today, and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports had it first – there is now a rule regarding collisions at home plate.

Rosenthal reports that Rule 7.13 involves the following:

  • The runner may not deviate from direct pathway to plate to initiate contact with a player (NOT just a catcher) covering home plate.
  • The runner will be declared out if the umpire judges that the runner ran out of the direct pathway to the plate to collide with the player covering home.
  • The catcher CANNOT block the path of the runner trying to score UNLESS the catcher has the ball. Should the catcher block the plate without the ball, the runner will be deemed safe.
  • Collision plays are subject to review.

The official MLB Public Relations Twitter account outlined the experimental rule here.

Tony Clark also announced that the union will vote on whether this rule will be made permanent after this year, depending on how it works out in the upcoming year.

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