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(05-27-2011 07:28 AM)_ZENAS_ Wrote: Posey's injury was a freak occurance. He just happened to roll the wrong way on the leg. A rule change really won't stop a freak injury. A rule change should be for a prevalent injury specifically caused by common occurances in the game. This injury wasn't a common or reasonably foreseeable result of a collision at the plate. Knock the wind out of him, broken rib, etc... might be considered foreseeable in a collision at the plate, but not rolling over your leg in such a strange way that it breaks.
Plus I don't believe there is a rule change that can stop collisions at the plate. It is a situation where a player is running around the bases full speed and a catcher is trying to catch a ball and apply a tag in an instant. Collisions are inevitable in that situation no matter what the rule is. Sure you could attempt to require a player to slide at all times when coming in to home, but that is even more dangerous and would actually affect the way scoring occurs in baseball. No way that would happen. You can try to make a rule prohibiting a catcher from blocking the plate, but as I said before, once the ball is there and the tag is being applied, there is no way to avoid the collisions even if the catcher doesn't block the plate.