Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Quick Thought on Collisions

Hot button issue in baseball the last couple of days since Buster Posey got railroaded and taken out for the season.  And I hate to say it, but it was not a dirty hit.  It was not a dirty collision.  It's a baseball play and has been a baseball play for a hundred and fifty years.  Catchers try to protect the plate.  Runners try to get to that plate.  And the one hit that happened in San Francisco was a freak accident, a happenstance that just happened to sideline a really good baseball player.

It's not like it was a blindside hit.  It's not like any of the jaw-rattling hits you're seeing in football or hockey, with two people moving at a fast speed in two different directions.  It's not going to give the guy Lou Gehrig's disease.  It's a knee injury coming from a freak accident.  I feel the same way about Tom Brady back on that Sunday afternoon in September 2008.

And, similar to the aftermath of the Brady hit, there should not be a rule change.  A rule change would dramatically change the way the game's played, and people would potentially get suspended for accidents with absolutely no intent to injure.  If catchers want to avoid getting hurt because of a freak accident, they shouldn't try to block the plate.  They can also sit seven feet behind the plate when a guy's at the plate to prevent foul balls or bats going flying.  All walls can be constructed of plastic bags like the Old Metrodome to prevent guys like Aaron Rowand from crashing into them. 

Other center fielders, in order to avoid broken ribs, should just choose to break all subsequent dives with one of their knees.  Oh wait, we already know someone who does that. 

This is not the same as headhunting.  This is not the same as Albert Belle taking a forearm to Fernando Vina's face back in the late '90s.  Changing any rules to a sport to prevent rare freak injuries, some that happen only once or twice a year, is silly.  Not as silly as the death threats or criticism coming from the San Francisco front office, but silly nonetheless.


Anonymous said...


At this point, I think the question is very fair--should Jacoby Ellsbury be getting serious MVP consideration?

--the Gunn

the gm at work said...