The Fun Police Is Outlawing Home-Plate Collisions In Baseball
There’s a lot of talk about limiting injuries (especially concussions) in the NFL… but not really in MLB. Regardless, MLB is reportedly going to outlaw home-plate collisions as early as this year.
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, chairman of the rules committee, made the announcement Wednesday at the winter meetings. Player safety and concern over concussions were major factors in the decision.
“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 terms of safety, it’s obviously a positive. (But you could say the same about outlawing tackling in football.)
Obviously, Pete Rose is pissed, observing that, “The hitters wear more armor than the Humvees in Afghanistan.”
Smart take, Pete,
What do you guys think?