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  •  so...if the catcher catches the ball before the (5+ / 0-)

    base runner gets to home plate, it's an automatic out?  I'm not sure how you address this with a rule change.

    These teams are playing for a trip to the World Series.  The whole season is on the line.  I think Pete Rose was one great baseball player, and deserves to be enshrined at Cooperstown...but probably the most infamous home plate collision was when he ran into Ray Fosse during the 1970 Allstar Game.  Nothing was really on the line in that game, but it was into the 12th inning.  Maybe Pete just wanted to finish the game.

    Ray Fosse suffered a separated shoulder, and some say he was never quite the same afterwards.

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    by Keith930 on Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 09:20:05 AM PDT

    •  I remember the Fosse incident all too well, (1+ / 0-)
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      in a game that didn't count for anything. What would happen is that the runner would have to be tagged out. Right now, as I understand, a fielder can be between the runner and second or third but only after he has the ball and is prepared to tag the runner. We see this happen quite often in rundowns. And in these cases, the runner is not allowed to bowl over the fielder. Let's have a similar rule for home plate situations. This would save injuries not only to catchers, but to the runners as well.

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      by RhodeIslandAspie on Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 01:06:11 PM PDT

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