Owners, union still working on plate collision ban

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 16, 2014 at 4:17 pm •  Published: January 16, 2014
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PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Major League Baseball owners and the players' union remain at work on drafting a rule that would ban home-plate collisions.

MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred said Thursday that owners "fully expect" to have a rule in place, hopefully this season, but that talks are ongoing.

Joe Torre, MLB's executive vice president for baseball operations, said that the rule, in essence, will "make sure a baserunner can't purposely bowl over" a catcher.

Torre says the mentality of runners rounding third and wanting to score at any cost will have to change.

"There's going to be some inadvertent contact that you're not going to be able to avoid," Torre said, "only because the catcher has to go catch the ball."

Players' association Tony Clark anticipates approval of the rule for this season.

A former catcher, manager and broadcaster, Torre said he was approached about a possible rule change in 2011 by San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy after Giants catcher Buster Posey sustained a severe, season-ending ankle injury in a home-plate collision.