Pete Rose says MLB can't take collisions out of the game

Pete Rose says you can't take collisions out of baseball

11/1/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

May 07, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets catcher Josh Thole (30) grabs for his head after a collision with Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ty Wigginton (24) at home plate in the eighth inning at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets defeated the Phillies 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY SportsAfter seeing a few catchers suffer concussions from collisions at home plate, MLB is working on ways to eliminate those plays and try to keep players safer.

Pete Rose, infamous for his collision at home plate during an All-Star game that effectively ruined Ray Fosse's career, says that it's impossible to legislate these plays out of the game, no matter how hard people try.
"You can't eliminate that. If the catcher blocks the plate, that's what is going to happen. In the case with myself and Ray Fosse, he had the plate blocked. I started to slide head-first. And if I slide, I'm going to break both collar bones."

It seems like Pete may have taken a few too many hits to the head, because it's pretty easy for this to be fixed. It's not even slightly difficult to figure out.

If the catcher doesn't allow the baserunner a path to the plate, then the run should count. If a catcher tries to block the entire plate, that could be called interference and the runner would be granted home plate. That would eliminate collisions, because the runner would have no reason to even bother running into the catcher.

Treat home plate like any other base. You can either tag the runner and get him out, or he scores. The collision at home plate isn't even remotely necessary.

Baseball isn't a contact sport. There's no reason for people to try to make it one.
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11/1/13   |   jaysinw   |   4973 respect

That is one of the dumbest things I have heard for an idea of a rule. Rose is right you cannot change it and it still be baseball, not true baseball.