Mesoraco on plate collisions
Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM Tuesday talking with Casey Stern and Jim Bowden on the subject of the consideration for banning home plate collisions. Mesoraco, who suffered a concussion in 2012 from a collision, felt it made sense that issue was examined. But he also seemed to want common sense implemented as well.
“I’m kind of against an automatic slide rule just I know as a catcher, me being a bigger guy, I can take away the whole home plate and the guy is pretty much automatically out,” Mesoraco said. “That isn’t fair to the runner. I don’t know what the perfect way to finish the rule is but I’m sure they will take it into consideration and write it up where it makes the most sense.”
Click here to listen to some of Mesoraco’s interview. Note that his call dropped out briefly and returned.
An MLB rules committee voted in December to outlaw home plate collisions, which effectively would force runners to slide into the plate to avoid being tagged out. Final implementation of the rule must be written and approved by the league, the players association and umpire’s union.