MLB 'likely' to ban home plate collisions
Like instant replay, collisions at home plate have been one of baseball's more hotly debated issues. However, unlike with instant replay, change seems to be afoot for collisions.
The debate has split between "it's part of the game" and "it's an unnecessary risk." MLB seems to be landing on the "unnecessary risk" side, with a report surfacing that team officials, in the wake of a pair of injury-inducing collisions in this year's ALCS to catchers Alex Avila and David Ross, will organize to ban the act. One called collisions "stupid," while another couldn't imagine who would oppose the ban. Initially against the ban, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny advocated for the removal of collisions from the sport recently.
More scrutiny has fallen on sports injuries and concussions of late, with the NFL facing vitriol for its issues with players and concussions. The league had even used home plate collisions as an example of risks of concussions in other sports. But MLB appears unanimously ready to make the change - though as Keith Law pointed out, among the league brass, it has more to do with threats of legal action than player safety.