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MLB issues rule to suppress home plate collisions

February 24, 2014
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Major League Baseball has approved a new rule to cut down on home plate collisions.

MLB's playing rules committee in had voted to eliminate those types of collisions, but it needed a clear definition and approval from owners and the union.

The new rule will try to prohibit the most egregious home plate collisions and includes the following guidelines:

- A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate). If, in the judgment of the umpire, a runner attempting to score initiates contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate) in such a manner, the umpire shall declare the runner out (even if the player covering home plate loses possession of the ball).

- Unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner as he is attempting to score. If, in the judgment of the umpire, the catcher, without possession of the ball, blocks the pathway of the runner, the umpire shall call or signal the runner safe.


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