MLB to discuss home plate collisions at Winter Meetings

MLB to discuss home plate collisions at Winter Meetings
December 11, 2013, 8:45 am
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In light of concussions becoming a focal point across sports, Major League Baseball will convene today at the Winter Meetings in Florida to discuss the future of home plate collisions. 

A groundswell of support to prevent head-on contact between catchers and baserunners at home has been building for several years, most notably after Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants missed nearly a whole season in 2011 after breaking his leg. Since that incident, many around the league including former catchers turned managers Mike Matheny and Bruce Bochy have voiced their displeasure with the current rules. Now it appears they could actually change.

The St. Louis Times-Dispatch reported on Wednesday team trainers and medical officials were given a presentation last weekend on concussions in baseball. The findings included the fact that 22 percent of concussive head injuries in baseball occur during home plate collisions. MLB will now hear from managers and executives as they mull over instituting a ban.

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With the public support behind changing the rules, it is probably inevitable that some day they will be amended. Just this offseason we saw former MVP Joe Mauer moved to first base due to a slew of injuries, concussions among them. He suffered a head injury late in the season and told USA Today this about the switch last month:

“We wouldn't be having this conversation if I didn't have this concussion.”

Now the league is having a conversation of its own and baseball could soon take a big step towards preventing more concussions in the future.