MLB Hopes Home-Plate Collision Ban Will Be a Home Run

Major League Baseball announced a plan to ban home-plate collisions Wednesday. The Playing Rules Committee voted, and approved the ban, during the league’s 2013 Winter Meetings. The vote as well as the ban was discussed during a press conference.

If a runner is found to have purposefully collided with the catcher, he will be called out, even if he was not tagged. Likewise, catchers will not be allowed to block the plate. Technically, the rules already state that catchers are not allowed to obstruct the plate without possessing the ball. MLB said that the idea first arose during the General Managers Meetings in November. From there, it swiftly gained popularity. The rule itself has not been written and the text will need approval from the Rules Committee. From there, it can be voted on at the next Owners Meeting in January.

Sandy Alderson is the general manager for the Mets, and Chair of the rules committee. ”This is, I think, in answer to a few issues that have arisen,” Alderson said. Collisions affect runners and catchers, banning them could improve player safety and health. This is a rising concern for all professional athletes and sporting organizations Alderson explained.