Charlie Hustle, who in 1970, slammed into Ray Fosse to score the winning run in the All-Star game, is astonished that Major League Baseball plans on eliminating home-plate collisions within the next year.
Hustle flattening Fosse
“What are they going to do next, you can’t break up a double play?”
Rose stated in a telephone interview with The Associated Press after MLB announced it’s newest plan on Wednesday.
“You’re not allowed to pinch inside. The hitters wear more armor than the Humsvees 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.”
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, chairman of the rules committee, made the announcement at the winter meetings, stating the change would go into effect within the next year. Safety and worries of concussions were major factors. Fans still grimace at the thought of the season-ending hit Buster Posey absorbed in 2011.
“Ultimately what we want to do is change the culture of acceptance that these plays are ordinary and routine and an accepted part of the game,”
Alderson said. “The costs associated in terms of health and injury just no longer warrant the status quo.”
In a sport bound by tradition, banning will be a major step. MLB also enforcing the use of instant replays by umpires in an effort to eliminate bad calls.
Banned forever in 1989 following a gambling investigation, Rose said Fosse was blocking the plate without the ball, which is supposed to be against the rules. Fosse injured his shoulder and his career went downhill from there.
“Since 1869, baseball has been doing pretty well,” Rose said.
“The only rules they ever changed was the mound (height) and the DH. I thought baseball was doing pretty good. Maybe I’m wrong about the attendance figures and the number of people going to ballgames.”
Alderson said the rules change will be presented to owners for approval their meeting in January in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Things must be figured out, such as what should happen if a catcher blocks the plate without the ball?
Blocking home plate
“The exact language and how exactly the rule will be enforced is subject to final determination,”
He said. “We’re going to do fairly extensive review of the types of plays that occur at home plate to determine which we’re going to find acceptable and which are going to be prohibited.”
Approval of the players’ union is demanded for the rules to change and go into effect in the 2014 season.
“If the players’ association were to disapprove, then the implementation of the rule would be suspended for one year, but could be implemented unilaterally after that time,”
Alderson said. The union declined speaking, pending a review of the proposed change. Some players decided to speak up on Twitter.
“No more home plate collisions?! What is this? NFL quarterbacks are catchers now?”
Oakland outfielder Josh Reddick wrote.
MLB bans home plate collisions?!? ridiculous….what’s next? NFL becomes flag football?
— Nick Rotondo (@Nick_Rotondo) December 12, 2013
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If the MLB bans collisions at the plate I might have to start watching Lacrosse
— Walter White (@Bobby_Saba) December 12, 2013
If MLB bans home plate collisions does also mean catchers will no longer be allowed to block the plate and runner will have to slide direct?
— Return on Investment (@computedude) December 12, 2013
Drafting the rule figures to be complicated. “Does it include at every base or just home plate?” Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. “What’s considered blocking the plate and how do you define all of it?” The NCAA instituted a rule on collisions for the 2011 season, saying ” contact above the waist that was initiated by the base runner shall not be judged as an attempt to reach the base or plate.” The umpire can rule and call the runner our. The player can also get ejected if the contact is determined to be malicious or flagrant.
The rule is likely to have an effect on youth leagues, as well. Player safety is the main concern. Little League players must slide or make an effort to get around the fielders. Plate collisions are often prohibited in high-school ball.
“The actual detail, frankly the kinds of plays that we’re trying to eliminate, we haven’t finely determined. I would expect to put together 100 of these plays and identify which ones we want to continue to allow and others that we want to prohibit, and draft a rule accordingly.”