This is ridiculous. We are talking baseball here that has a long tradition that has lasted longer than any one of us will live. Collisions at the plate have been around a long time and they aren't going to do anything to change it. Next you will be telling me that they will change the rules to allow another player to bat for the pitcher...uh...nevermind...
"There are five real good recruits in the state. We got three of them. One couldn’t get into school, and the other went to (the University of) Iowa...which is about the same thing." - Coach Johnny Orr
Technically, if you have the ball you can block the runner from any base, and he can then try to go through you. However, since home plate is the ultimate goal, both players are going to be more agressive. Throw in the fact that if a SS blocks 2nd base with his leg on an attempted steal there is a chance the baserunner slides feet first and puts a few cleat holes in his leg. The reason you would never plow at another base is that the fielder could side step you and would be out anyway (You can overrun home plate, you can't overrun 2nd).
I agree the Posey play was clean, and had he been positioned correctly he most likely would not have been hurt. Unfortunate outcome.
So many thing wrong with this post. The idea of giving preferential treatment to Posey because he was the rookie of the year ludicrous. Sports aren't supposed to give preferential treatment to any player because he is better. Guys work their tails off (including umps) to get to the majors. Once they get there they are going to work their tails off to stay. Cousins was running into home with the ball coming to the plate. he was hustling and did the smart thing per the rules of the game...he made sure that the catcher wasn't going to be able to hold on to the ball. sliding around the back side is a risky play. If posey catches the ball it is likely that Cousins gets tagged out while sliding.
Finally, the reason posey got injured was his poor footwork. Like many people, here and elsewhere, have said...If he would've been up on his feet he would've just fallen back. Cousins went high on Posey. He didn't go for the legs or anything like that. If Posey would've been up on his feet, he would've just been knocked back.
And one more thing. Posey is lucky that he didn't get knocked out the way he dove backwards towards the plate. He put is head at risk with that move.
Has nothing to do with preferential treatment. It's just like when an NBA team brings in some chump to rile up the star player and stir things up because the loss to that player means nothing and the loss to the star player means everything. It's cheap and unnecessary, just like that "slide" (actually elbow first lunge) was. He could have easily slid to avoid contact. There are moments when the catcher is clearly blocking the path and has it coming. This was not a case. And the fact that it was some rookie that won't make it in the league taking out the team's best player makes it sting a little more when it was a cheap shot...
This is the biggest point, and is why I think this will be changed eventually, whether I like it or not. Why are the rules at home plate (in terms of both obstruction by the catcher and contact by the runner) different than at any other base? I'm looking for a reason other than "it's always been that way".
Catcher is probably one of the toughest positions to replace for a club mid-season because of the relationship with the pitching staff and is very similar in terms of value to the QB of an NFL team. Eventually the MLB owners are going to want a rule change to protect their enormous investments.
Very true. The Giants struck gold last season at this exact time of year when Buster was called up, but that's pretty much a once in a franchise occurrence...
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