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.


So instead of head concussions we will have blown out knees, either by the catcher, or the runner or both…. Sound familiar?

Well, i’ll take a blown out knee over head trauma any day.

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Good luck in getting the league and two unions to agree on this or anything. Maybe Bud can do it by executive order.

Its pretty simple really, Home plate is the same as any other base in Baseball. You slide all the time into 2nd, and 3rd, and although some injuries occur, its not a lot or earth shattering by any means. You don’t see runners bowling over the 2nd Baseman do you ? So why would anyone expect the runners to bowl over the catcher. As a former catcher with my share of excitement and broken legs involving collisions at the plate, it is totally unnecessary and will not impact the game to ban collisions. A slide can knock lose a ball just as well, and close plays will still be there. To be honest why it was ever allowed all these years remains a mystery. Hanging on to something archaic for traditional reasons is useless, if that was the norm, Jackie Robinson would still be a nobody, and I don’t think any of us would like that/

Home plate is NOT the same as any other base. It’s kind of the same as first base in that there is no penalty for running through it. If you do that at second or third you are likely to be tagged out. Once you cross home, you are safe, it doesn’t matter if you launch yourself (and the catcher) 20 feet beyond the dish.

You say that home plate is pretty much the same as any other base??? Are you kidding me? At no other base do you have one man all armored up with a chest protector, shin guards, face mask and a huge glove……how can you say its”the same as any other base” in the comment above. I think you had to many collsoins.

yes, runners bowling over 2nd baseman has been part of the game forever, that will be next on their agenda

Get rid of “the Ghost Play” at second – let’s enforce the rules we have before making new ones! (Ghost Play basically means umpire calls the runner out if the ball beats the runner to second even though they don’t tag the base – this stops “spiking” the ankles of the 2nd baseman to break up the play.)

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