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Torre: Rule change on collisions unlikely

Posted on: June 4, 2011 1:41 pm
Edited on: June 4, 2011 1:45 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

So, I guess it's about time for the day's Buster Posey update -- I'll resist a "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead" joke -- and this one is from Joe Torre, MLB's executive vice president of baseball operations.

Joe TorreTorre, a former catcher, says it's unlikely baseball will change any of its rules as a result of Posey's injury.

"I think it's safe to say that I don't anticipate any changes, but I'm willing to listen," Torre told

Torre said he's talked to Giants general manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy about the play on May 25.

Torre said he didn't see anything dirty about the play and didn't believe Scott Cousins was trying to hurt Posey.

"I spoke to Brian Sabean [Friday] and Bochy [Thursday], and I told them I'd be willing to sit with them and whoever they want to invite to discuss it," Torre said. "I told them that I didn't see anything that had to be changed, but I certainly would be open to listening to them. I think they just what discussion."

Another former catcher spoke up on the play, as perhaps the best catcher ever, Johnny Bench, told the Tulsa World that Posey "put himself in such a bad position" on the play.

"I teach my kids to stay away from the plate when you don't have the ball so the runner actually sees home plate and his thought is, 'slide,'" Bench told the newspaper. "But Buster is laying in front of home plate, and it's like having a disabled car in the middle of a four-leaf highway. You're just going to get smacked. Show them the plate. You can always catch the ball and step, or step and catch the ball, as long as you've got the runner on the ground. And if you have the runner on the ground, there's less of a chance of any severe collision."

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Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: June 4, 2011 2:52 pm

Torre: Rule change on collisions unlikely

There definitely should not be a change to this rule.  It's part of the game.  We are only being bombarded by the media coverage on this because it was an up and coming young talent on the World Champs team.  If Ryan Doumit of the Pirates got trucked like Posey did, there would be little to no coverage on the matter.  There have been numerous catchers over the years knocked out of the lineup from being barrel rolled at the plate.  It comes with the territory.   IF major league baseball changes the rules around this, it's going to open the flood gates for other inane changes.  What will happen to the pitchers that throw chin music after a home run?   Will the "slide" at 2nd to break up a double play now cause a suspension?    There are certain aspects of the game that make baseball what it is.  Making this change would be as insane as selling beer at the WVU football games.    Let's not mess with's fine just the way it is.

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: June 4, 2011 2:26 pm

Torre: Rule change on collisions unlikely

Just watched the video on this.  Unless the camera angles are messing with me it sure appears as tho there was plenty of plate for the runner to go for and he made a bee line for Posey.  It appears as tho Posey was above the plate when he had the ball and the runner had to dive off the baseline to be able to barrel roll him like that.  I'd hate to be catcher in that situation. 

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