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Since the beginning of the sport, runners and catchers colliding at the plate have been a huge part of baseball. Bottom of the 9th, down by one, one out, and a runner on third, everyone knows what is about to happen. Batter pops it up to shallow right field, runner tags and it’s going to be close. Right fielder lasers it home and the runner and catcher collide. Everyone is on the edge of their seat. The umpire throws his hands in the air — “Safe”. Run is in and the home team forces extra innings. The “Play at the Plate” is the best play in baseball. Catcher’s equipment is essential in protecting against batted balls, wild pitches and of course collisions at the plate, so make sure you always have the proper gear on when you’re behind the dish!
While a bang-bang play at the plate is still a very exciting play in baseball, the added excitement of a possible plate collision has been almost completely removed with the help of catcher’s like Buster Posey, but not solely him. The terrible collision that Buster Posey went through shed some light on the real danger a home plate collision can bring to players. Below we will discuss everything you need to know about the Buster Posey collision, and the rule that was born because of it.
On May 25, 2011, during an extra-inning game between the Giants and Marlins, Scott Cousins went hard into home plate and had a huge collision with Buster Posey, ultimately shattering Posey’s leg, and putting a huge damper on the Giants’ season. This led to many people in the baseball community to begin thinking about finding a better way to protect catcher’s and all players in general.
It was not until almost three full years after the Buster Posey collision that MLB decided to implement the new rule on home plate collisions. This was after a handful of other collisions at the plate being looked over by MLB. It was not until a collision in the 2013 ALCS that included Alex Avila, that MLB began actually taking a rule change into consideration. Below is a short timeline of the events prior to the “Buster Posey Rule” or Rule 7.13 being introduced by MLB.
Rule 7.13 was introduced by MLB on February 24, 2014. It was first introduced as an experimental rule for both MLB and MiLB that would be implemented for the 2014 season. Below is a list of the main key points of the rule:
While the key goal of Rule 7.13 is to make the game safer for players, which is thought of as great by most people around the game, there is still a good deal of controversy surrounding the whole thing. Below we have put together a list of pros and cons based around ideas we have heard around the community regarding the introduction and implementation of this rule.
Whether you are in favor of the “Buster Posey Rule” or Rule 7.13 being implemented or not, you can’t ignore that there are valid reasons for both sides of the argument. How do you feel? Do you agree with the rule being changed or do you believe collisions at the plate should be allowed?
Plate collisions or not, it is always important to make sure you have the proper gear if you play behind the dish. You can shop catcher’s gear on our website, or stop by one of our MonkeySports Superstore locations for in-person expert advice!
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