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Hello baseball world, sorry for the delay…again. I’m trying to adjust to this new blog program, and I’m trying to make sure I know what I’m doing with it. Should be back for good now, so expect something to be posted daily from now on. With that being said, there’s obviously been a bit of baseball stuff going on, and there has been one issue in particular that I want to chime in and give my thoughts on.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve obviously heard about the unfortunate injury to Buster Posey. For those who don’t know about it, here’s the cliff notes version. There was a play at the plate, where Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins collided with Posey, as he scored the game winning run in the 12th inning of a game a few days ago.
The facts are pretty simple: 1. The play was clean. 2. Cousins could have probably avoided contact with Posey, but there’s no guarantee (although it is likely he would’ve been) that he would have been safe if he slid normally. 3. Buster Posey broke a bone in his leg, and tore three ligaments in his ankle, not from the direct contact, but rather from how his leg got tangled underneath him. In other words, it wasn’t like Cousins crashed into his legs.
Some people are calling for collisions at the plate to be out ruled, and I suppose their reasons are valid. However, I too am entitled to my opinion, and after some thought and deliberation, I disagree.
I think by changing the rules, you’re allowing the exception to become the rule. Let’s face it, in the history of baseball…there hasn’t been that many players who have had major injuries from collisions at the plate. I mean, if someone were to break their leg celebrating a walk-off home run, we shouldn’t ban celebrations, should we? Oh wait, that did happen! I know, it’s a different circumstance, but you can’t allow a situation to create a slippery slope.
Now I’m all about safety in sports, so I have a compromise. I think Major League Baseball should look into introducing potential fines or suspensions (although I’m leery about the latter), for any player who uses unnecessarily collides with a catcher who 1. Is not in possession of the ball, and/or 2. Not fielding the ball. Simply put, if the catcher doesn’t have the ball, or there’s no play, you better slide or walk in. I think this is really the only feasible middle ground between the two sides, and I’m sure many of you will disagree with me for thinking so.
Until next time, let the debating begin!