MLB Set to Ban Home-Plate Collisions, Needs Players Association Approval

MLB Set to Ban Home-Plate Collisions, Needs Players Association Approval

(AP) MLB intends to ban plate collisions
By RONALD BLUM
AP Sports Writer
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.
Major League Baseball plans to eliminate home plate collisions, possibly as soon as next season but no later than by 2015.

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, chairman of the rules committee, made the announcement Wednesday at the winter meetings.

Alderson said wording of the rules change will be presented to owners for approval at the Jan. 16 meeting in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Approval of the players’ union is needed for the rules change to be effective for 2014.

Discussion to limit or ban collisions has intensified since May 2011, when San Francisco’s Buster Posey was injured by Florida’s Scott Cousins. Posey, an All-Star catcher, sustained a broken bone in his lower left leg and three torn ligaments in his ankle, an injury that ended his season.

Posey returned to win the NL batting title and MVP award in 2012, when he led the Giants to their second World Series title in three seasons.

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