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MLB to Ban Home Plate Collisions

MLB to Ban Home Plate Collisions

Major League Baseball announced today that it had approved a ban of home-plate collisions where a runner attempts to knock the ball loose from a catcher. The deal still needs MLBPA approval to be official, and probably won't be in play until the 2015 season.

As Matt Snyder of Eye on Baseball points out, this could lead to the enforcement of obstruction rules at the plate. Runners will have to slide into home when a catcher has a ball. However, the current rules state that catchers can't block the base line when they don't have the ball, even though that is common in baseball right now.

Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez isn't a fan of the new rule change.

https://twitter.com/Tony26Montana/status/410895734649536512

It is an exciting play when there's a collision at the plate, although...

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