One of the biggest changes in the recent history of MLB has been the rule regarding home plate collisions. After multiple injuries resulted in players landing on the disabled list, changes were made that essentially eliminated violent collisions at the plate.
The rule wasn’t particularly popular and the unclarity in its enforcement led to frustration from players and manager. With the postseason around the corner, MLB attempted to clarify any confusion in the situation regarding plays close at the plate.
The modification to the rule states a runner should not be automatically called safe if the catcher is in the path of home plate. Rather, the player should be called safe if the catcher impedes the path of the runner as they approach home plate.
A.J. Ellis was relieved to receiving further instruction on how to position himself with a runner approaching. Umpires will no longer be bound to the letter of the law when determining if a catcher has violated Rule 7:13.
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