ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Lou Brock's shoulder-to-shoulder collision with Bill Freehan during the 1968 World Series and Pete Rose's bruising hit on Ray Fosse in the 1970 All-Star game could become relics of baseball history, like the dead-ball era.
Major League Baseball Executive Vice President Joe Torre said Tuesday momentum is building toward taking action that would help prevent collisions at home plate.
"There's a pretty good possibility that something eventually will happen," he said Tuesday after a meeting of big league general managers. "Whether it's going to be soon enough to have it done this coming year, that remains to be seen. But I don't think it's impossible."
Torre said a written proposal will be developed that will be discussed when GMs gather again during the winter meetings, to be held at Lake Buena Vista from Dec. 9-12.
"There are college rules where you have to slide. I'm not saying that's what you're going to do." Torre said. "The players are bigger, stronger, faster. It's like in other sports. They've made adjustments and rules in other sports for that reason, to protect people."
Torre said collisions when pitchers cover the plate on wild pitches and passed balls also are an issue. He planned to discuss the matter Wednesday with baseball's rules committee.
"You're going to have very understanding people there, a feeling that something has to be done," he said.
A change for 2014 would need the approval of the players' association.
"Suffice it to say, the players have some thoughts of their own regarding home-plate collisions as well as a number of other topics," union deputy executive director Tony Clark, a former All-Star himself, said in an email to The Associated Press. "We'll be addressing them all when we meet next month."
Discussion to limit or ban collisions has intensified since May 2011, when San Francisco's Buster Posey was injured in a collision with Florida's Scott Cousins. Posey, an All-Star catcher, sustained a broken bone in his lower left leg and three torn ligaments in his ankle, an injury that ended his season.