It’s the scariest play in baseball–the line drive comebacker right at the pitcher. No matter where the pitcher gets hit, it can cause serious damage that could potentially end a career.
Batters face the same risk at the plate–if the pitcher is just a fraction of a degree off on his release point, a 95+ miles per hour fastball could end up hitting the batter.
We have seen countless instances of both batters and pitchers (not to mention baserunners and fielders) getting seriously injured on freak plays. Some miss a few weeks, others a few months, others never come back. Some players just don’t play at the same level that they did prior to the injury. Whatever the case, Major League Baseball (and all sports for that matter), owe it to their athletes to make these freak plays as infrequent as possible.
Along with the major trades and free agent signings that took place at the Winter Meetings this week, Major League Baseball has also decided on a rule change that could possibly be in place by next season.
In an effort to limit concussions and gruesome injuries like Buster Posey’s broken leg, the MLB rules committee has decided to rid the game of collisions at home plate. The rule will go into effect by 2015 at the latest, but could be implemented in 2014 if the player’s union approves the decision.