Thursday, December 12, 2013

Pete Rose is not too fond of the new home plate collision rule

On Wednesday, Major League Baseball approved a new proposed rule that will essentially outlaw collisions at home plate. Ultimately, it will be up to the Major League Baseball Players Association to give the final seal of approval for the law to go into effect beginning in 2014.

Basically, runners will no longer be allowed to plow into the catcher and must slide, instead. Conversely, catchers will no longer be allowed to block the dish and must permit a semi-clear path to home plate. Those who do not follow the rule will be subject to discipline.

Naturally, a rule somewhat altering the way the game is played is bound to stir up some difference of opinion. Here are some thoughts on the matter from players both present and past.

“What are they going to do next, you can’t break up a double play?” Rose said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday.

“You’re not allowed to pitch inside. The hitters wear more armor than the Humvees in Afghanistan. Now you’re not allowed to try to be safe at home plate?” Rose said. “What’s the game coming to? Evidently the guys making all these rules never played the game of baseball.”

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