Baseball: Want to stop Collisions at the plate? Enforce the existing Rules!

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Baseball: Want to stop Collisions at the plate? Enforce the existing Rules!

There is a huge debate about base­ball, as men­tioned on live at five, ban­ning home plate collisions.

Base­ball Icon Pete Rose is upset

What are they going to do next, you can’t break up a dou­ble play?” Rose said in a tele­phone inter­view with The Asso­ci­ated Press after MLB announced its plan Wednes­day. “You’re not allowed to pitch inside. The hit­ters wear more armor than the Humvees in Afghanistan. Now you’re not allowed to try to be safe at home plate?” Rose said. “What’s the game com­ing to? Evi­dently the guys mak­ing all these rules never played the game of baseball.“

And fans on twit­ter are outraged:

Appar­ently this deci­sion is not final:

New York Mets gen­eral man­ager Sandy Alder­son, chair­man of the rules com­mit­tee, made the announce­ment at the win­ter meet­ings, say­ing the change would go into effect for next sea­son if the play­ers’ asso­ci­a­tion approved.

But the fans con­tinue to scoff:

Reg­u­lar read­ers of this blog know I’m a base­ball fan and I’m sure you’re won­der­ing what my thoughts are they can be expressed in one sim­ple excla­ma­tion!

Hasn’t any­one read the rules?

Block­ing the Plate is ille­gal and always has been.

The rules of base­ball ALREADY for­bid a defen­sive player to obstruct an offen­sive player as Red Sox fans learned in gave three of the World Series at St. Louis even if it is acci­den­tal as one ESPN ana­lyst put it at the time:

Well that doesn’t apply to the Catcher does it? Not only does it, the rules explic­itly say so.

Rule 7.06

NOTE: The catcher, with­out the ball in his pos­ses­sion, has no right to block the path­way of the run­ner attempt­ing to score. The base line belongs to the run­ner and the catcher should be there only when he is field­ing a ball or when he already has the ball in his hand.

OK so the Catcher can’t block the plate with­out the ball, but what about WITH the ball? You can still have col­li­sions when the run­ner bar­rels into him to jar the ball loose. Surely they need change the rules to account for that?

Actu­ally, they don’t.

INTER­FER­ENCE

(a) Offen­sive inter­fer­ence is an act by the team at bat which inter­feres with, obstructs, impedes, hin­ders or con­fuses any fielder attempt­ing to make a play. (empha­sis mine) If the umpire declares the bat­ter, batter-​runner, or a run­ner out for inter­fer­ence, all other run­ners shall return to the last base that was in the judg­ment of the umpire, legally touched at the time of the inter­fer­ence, unless oth­er­wise pro­vided by these rules.

This has always been the rule as Red Sox fans, and Yan­kee Fans will doubt­less remem­ber A-​Rod dur­ing game six in 2004.

Fan anger not with­stand­ing the rules of base­ball already for­bid a catcher from block­ing the plate with­out the ball and the rules also for­bid the run­ner from inter­fer­ence of the Catcher, ball in hand, try­ing to make the play. The rea­son fans think oth­er­wise is because the rules were never enforced.

So the ques­tion becomes: Why haven’t the rules been enforced all these years?

The answer is sim­ple: Spec­tac­u­lar plays at the plate play well on ESPN and sell DVD’s and tick­ets so every­one from own­ers to play­ers were will­ing to pre­tend the rules didn’t say what they did.

Sounds a lot like our cur­rent immi­gra­tion laws, ignored for the profit of oth­ers and the solu­tion is to the prob­lem is exactly the same.

Start enforc­ing the laws/​rules as they written!

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There is a huge debate about baseball, as mentioned on live at five,  banning home plate collisions.

Baseball Icon Pete Rose is upset

“What are they going to do next, you can’t break up a double play?” Rose said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press after MLB announced its plan Wednesday. “You’re not allowed to pitch inside. The hitters wear more armor than the Humvees in Afghanistan. Now you’re not allowed to try to be safe at home plate?” Rose said. “What’s the game coming to? Evidently the guys making all these rules never played the game of baseball.”

And fans on twitter are outraged:

 

 

 

Apparently this decision is not final:

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, chairman of the rules committee, made the announcement at the winter meetings, saying the change would go into effect for next season if the players’ association approved.

But the fans continue to scoff:

 

Regular readers of this blog know I’m a baseball fan and I’m sure you’re wondering what my thoughts are they can be expressed in one simple exclamation!

Hasn’t anyone read the rules?

Blocking the Plate is illegal and always has been.

The rules of baseball ALREADY forbid a defensive player to obstruct an offensive player as Red Sox fans learned in gave three of the World Series at St. Louis even if it is accidental as one ESPN analyst put it at the time:

 

Well that doesn’t apply to the Catcher does it? Not only does it, the rules explicitly say so.

Rule 7.06

NOTE: The catcher, without the ball in his possession, has no right to block the pathway of the runner attempting to score. The base line belongs to the runner and the catcher should be there only when he is fielding a ball or when he already has the ball in his hand.

OK so the Catcher can’t block the plate without the ball, but what about WITH the ball? You can still have collisions when the runner barrels into him to jar the ball loose. Surely they need change the rules to account for that?

Actually, they don’t.

INTERFERENCE

(a) Offensive interference is an act by the team at bat which interferes with, obstructs, impedes, hinders or confuses any fielder attempting to make a play. (emphasis mine) If the umpire declares the batter, batter-runner, or a runner out for interference, all other runners shall return to the last base that was in the judgment of the umpire, legally touched at the time of the interference, unless otherwise provided by these rules.

This has always been the rule as Red Sox fans, and Yankee Fans will doubtless remember A-Rod during game six in 2004.

Fan anger not withstanding the rules of baseball already forbid a catcher from blocking the plate without the ball and the rules also forbid the runner from interference of the Catcher, ball in hand, trying to make the play. The reason fans think otherwise is because the rules were never enforced.

So the question becomes: Why haven’t the rules been enforced all these years?

The answer is simple: Spectacular plays at the plate play well on ESPN and sell DVD’s and tickets so everyone from owners to players were willing to pretend the rules didn’t say what they did.

Sounds a lot like our current immigration laws, ignored for the profit of others and the solution is to the problem is exactly the same.

Start enforcing the laws/rules as they written!

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December has been mixed.  The first week we were several hundred off the pace for the Mortgage & paying the seven, last week we made our goal with some to spare.

As always a new week begins clean with $340 needed to make the week’s expenses.  14 tip jar hitters at $25 will make the goal (19 will get us caught up).

All of it comes from your hit of DaTipJar below

We are now 60 1/4 new subscribers at $20 a month to cover both the Mortgage and the Magnificent Seven without a daily shake of DaTipJar all year.

Help us Retire DaTipJar for special trips and occasions by being one of them.