MLB has officially cracked down on home plate collisions, starting in the 2014 season
It's official. Major League Baseball has banned most forms of home plate collisions, starting this season.
Via MLB PR:
Technically, home plate collisions could still occur, since a catcher is allowed to block the plate if he already has the ball, and base runners are still allowed to make a play for the plate.
If the runner has to try to go through the catcher, who already has the ball, there could still be a collision. However, the catcher can't block the plate without the ball, and the runner can't go out of the base path for the sole purpose of colliding with the catcher.
Some are disappointed with the new rule, saying it takes away an exciting play. Others cite safety as a reason why the rule is a good one.
What's your take?