Home Plate Collisions Shouldn’t be Banned in Baseball

I don’t think they just quite get it, when you think of baseball, you think of history. It goes hand in hand. So they are wrecking baseball. They are the money thirsty, conservative and the protective people that rule our game.

We need the collisions, the smashes, the big hits, the home runs, the strikeouts and the stolen bases. It’s just what the game is. This is what brings the crowds to the ballparks to watch their most elegant and favorite players. What if “they” decided to stop people stealing bases and stop the big hits just because it hurts every now and then?

“Let’s make the base runners stop using their speed to steal the bases because the throw might hit them on the head!” That’s what the helmet is for, isn’t it? So catchers, they wear all the protection; they have the helmets, the masks, the chest guards and the shoulder pads. They’ve got the protection and surely they should use it?

What if they made everyone play with no protection, no helmets? Actually why not just let them play naked, no one would be watching anyway. This is the first step to getting people away from the ballpark and if this trend continues we the whole game would be far too pointless and everything the greats of the past stood for would be out the window.

“You’re not allowed to pitch inside. The hitters wear more armor than the Humvees in Afghanistan. Now you’re not allowed to try to be safe at home plate?” Rose said. “What’s the game coming to? Evidently the guys making all these rules never played the game of baseball.”

-Pete Rose

Pete is a legend of the game, he won the World Series three times, was the National League MVP once and was a 17-time all-star. He knows what this game is about and he can see this is going to destroy our game.

Last year in the NHL some 112 players were concussed and missed at least one game because of it; this number in the MLB however is only 11. There is not point changing a baseball rule to stop a little number when the NHL players are skating around, with helmets on, and still getting smashed to bits. Would you go to a game where no one got hit or there were no fights or none of the hard, rough stuff that we all love? It seems silly to me.

Don’t get me wrong there are good reasons for this rule change but these players have been playing baseball for a very long time and its never been a problem before, so why now? We are moving into the age where we are so protective about our health we, sometimes, forget how to live. Who wants to live in a world where you cant go outside with out fearing for your health or you can’t play some sport without rules to stop you getting touched.

Catchers blocking the plate aren’t the only way players get concussion either. Another way is from their own teammates. There are so many cases of outfielders steaming in to catch a ball on a massive stretch only to find another fielder has tried the same thing. There are at least 20 cases of this in the MLB last year where a player has had to leave the game. Remember before how there were 11 people who did this because of hitting a catcher? 20 is more than 11 right, MLB? Surely that means we should make the fielders where helmets and shoulder pads and a chest guard and what ever else the catches where. That would be so stupid to watch so isn’t that basically what this rule is doing, wrecking the game?

The MLB needs to keep baseball in a balance, we don’t want it like American football but we don’t want it like tennis. The rough and tumble only adds a bit of excitement and it’s the stuff that gets us out of our seats so why take that away? Baseball seems to be becoming more about the money and the law suits than the supporters and the entertainment value. The MLB wants people at the ballpark and they want the viewers on TV to be entertained and they need to keep pushing their claim to be number one of the tip 4 American sports and this doesn’t help their cause.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/12/mlb-home-plate-collisions-ban_n_4428239.html 10/2/14

http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/10036795/former-players-sue-nhl-concussions 11/2/14

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/nhl-concussion-lawsuit-grows-to-over-200-players-lawyers-1.2443059 11/2/14

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/kapler-banning-home-plate-collisions-is-a-mistake-122013 11/2/14

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