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*'''Runner can't just stop if catcher has ball.''' The idea is to score runs. If the catcher has the ball and he's standing there, the runner has to stop? Is that the protection?' *'''Runner can't just stop if catcher has ball.''' The idea is to score runs. If the catcher has the ball and he's standing there, the runner has to stop? Is that the protection?'
- +*'''Dangers are involved in every sport.''' Former All-Star catcher Bob Boone: "It's in every sport that we have, there are dangers there. There are dangers for a jockey climbing onto a horse. Do we just let the horses run by themselves and save injures? We see it in football. If we took the pads off and just played flag it be a lot better. We wouldn't have so many injures but it's part of our society. It's why it's so attractive to us, I think."[http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/catcher-collision-ignites-baseball-rules-debate/story?id=13712229]
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Is the home plate collision rule in baseball worth preserving or scrapping?

Background and context

Catcher Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, the National League's rookie of the year in 2010, suffered a leg fracture and torn ligaments in May of 2011 when Florida's Scott Cousins barreled into him at home plate in the 12th inning of the Marlins-Giants game. This, along with many other injurious home plate collisions throughout baseball history have sparked a debate about the rule.


Arguments

Pro

  • Don't change rules of old baseball. Catcher Ray Fosse: "The game has been around more than 100 years, and now they're going to start protecting catchers?"
  • Baseball is professional sport; running over catcher is fine. Fosse told the San Francisco Chronicle. "In high school, you can't run over the catcher. But that is high school. This is professional baseball."
  • Runner can't just stop if catcher has ball. The idea is to score runs. If the catcher has the ball and he's standing there, the runner has to stop? Is that the protection?'
  • Dangers are involved in every sport. Former All-Star catcher Bob Boone: "It's in every sport that we have, there are dangers there. There are dangers for a jockey climbing onto a horse. Do we just let the horses run by themselves and save injures? We see it in football. If we took the pads off and just played flag it be a lot better. We wouldn't have so many injures but it's part of our society. It's why it's so attractive to us, I think."[1]

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