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Posey’s Injury and Rules

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Bad injury. Collisions at the plate happen. They don’t need to change any rules, the just need to enforce the rule that exists.

The rule that exists says that catchers (or any fielder) can only block the plate if he has the ball. So, enforce the rule, call obstruction on catchers) or other fielders who block baserunners without the ball. Soon enough catchers (or other fielders) will only enter the baseline when he has possession of the ball.

The way they don’t enforce the rule now means that catchers put themselves in a position to be run over all the time, camping out for the throw. Enforce it an the incentive becomes to only put yourself at risk if you actually have a chance at making the play.

Bill James goes off on the rule issue in the New Historical Baseball Abstract.

Written by jjvedamuthu

May 26, 2011 at 19:34

Posted in Giants, Posey

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