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MLB: making the game safer? or confusing the play at the plate

Well, major league baseball is going to try to put in words, rules governing plays at the plate in the next few days. Today Sandy Alderson tried to explain and show Mets catchers the technique he requests of them, regardless of the rule in order to keep their catching prospect, Travis d’Arnaud healthy and able to play a full season of baseball.

 Anthony DiComo of MLB.com wrote, Alderson expects a rule to be ratified soon requiring baserunners to slide into
home plate on close plays and, by extension, requiring catchers to leave runners a lane to do so. But a gray area will exist in which catchers need to lunge across the plate to receive a throw, a situation that will be reviewable on instant replay.

This seems extremely tough to call. I understand the need for safety in sports, especially with limiting concussions, but it sounds over the top, micro-managing. I mean, essentially it’s like a play at second base or even third base for that matter, so the same rules should apply. Are they going to call the neighborhood play at the plate? Where the catcher doesn’t REALLY have to touch the base on a force or maybe not even tag the baserunner trying to score at all as long as the ball beats the runner? What if the catcher tags the baserunner too hard when he is sliding home and gets a charlie horse?

Catcher’s typically arent on the DL due to homeplate collisions. It’s due to the nicks and foul balls off of them and being hit by bats. Granted, their are injuries due to collisions at the plate as well but not all of them are at the level of leg breaks such as the one Buster Posey suffered.

Maybe I am the dumbo here and I should just button my lip and wait for the powers that be, make their decision on how this will be written and then enforced. Can you imagine the mayhem this will cause, especially early on in the season? runs being taken away because a slide was questionable in its intention or angle coming in? How about d’Arnaud tags the runner out and the Mets WIN….OH wait, The home plate umpire calls the runner safe, because Travis sort of trespassed onto the sliding path to home and thus interference is called and the METS LOSE!!!!!!! not to mention the baserunner got clay in his eyes! LET THEM PLAY THE GAME!

Will D’arnaud get it done at bat?

By Keith Gendron

From the moment New York Mets General Manager, Sandy Alderson received Travis D’arnaud as part of the multiple player deal, that included Noah Syndergaard from the Toronto BlueJays in the R.A. Dickey trade in December 2012, D’arnaud has been touted as an offensive force.  A catcher that hits with power gets on base and is solid defensively. Even comparisons to Mike Piazza were made, which weren’t fair but regardless, they were made.

So when he was called up finally last year after getting over another injury(fractured foot), we were excited  to get a glimpse of this force, as Mets fans haven’t seen much raking in years. But in his very short sample up at the major league level was mostly mediocre and looked overmatched by fastballs even.

But, this is to be expected. It seemed like he was pressing to impress everyone. He was solid defensively and showed off a gun of an arm.
This February he will begin his first major league spring training knowing he is the everyday catcher. He’ll become more familiar with teammates and his surroundings and hopefully remain healthy. Not many people consider that he will be another right handed bat to complement the many lefties in the lineup.
So, I think there is no reason to worry, or go shopping for a third string catcher. This is his time to flourish. And in time will become more comfortable and confident which will slow the game down and will alleviate the overthinking that went on last year at bat. I see no reason if Travis remains healthy, that he can catch 120-130 games and put up numbers like .260, .325, .400….12-15 hrs and 50-60 rbis. Expect slumps, but overall growth this season from the Mets catcher.
 
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