New rule isn’t a big hit


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The MLB is changing the rule for hitting catchers at home plate.

Nate Powers, Contributor

Everyone loves to see that one big bone crushing, body cringing hit. Whether it be in football, hockey or even the occasional one in baseball. But if a player gets injured, fans from around the world would lash out in anger about how that hit was dirty. Not all big hits are dirty, and if a league catches too many dangerous hits, the league will change the rule. In football, helmet to helmet contact was eliminated from the game after an incident involving a Buffalo Bills player when he broke his neck on a hit. In hockey, a hit can be as heavy as possible, but if a player puts his shoulder in the head of an opposing player, or leaves the ice, it is considered an illegal hit and the league has to take action.

But one rule had yet to be changed, until now. Baseball now has banned the collision of a catcher and a base runner at home plate, when the catcher is not blocking the plate. This would mean the runner can not go out of his way to purposely take out the catcher to get the run in. San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey suffered a fractured fibula and torn ligaments in his ankle after a collision at the plate, a hit that Scott Cousins said he did on purpose to get the ball loose and score the winning run. The MLB is using this rule to help the cathers feel safer at home plate, instead of them having to worry about a big hit causing injury.