I don't know where this league's loyalties lie as far as who the dominant favorite team is, but I'm sure all of you have seen the Buster Posey incident that happened last night. Spurring from the tragic scene of Posey rolling around in pain, as well as the fact that he suffered a broken bone in his leg and torn ligaments in his ankle, everyone has been asking: should MLB change the rules?
Let me qualify this a little. Yes, I am a Giants fan, so watching Posey be bulldozed by a 5th outfielder is irritating in itself. Yes, Posey is a former Rookie of the Year, and is a catcher with an above average level of "stardum."
But, the hit he received was malicious. It is well within the rules, so it isn't dirty, but that is why the rule needs to be changed. There is nothing Posey could have done to prevent him from being plowed. He wasn't even blocking the plate, see for yourself:
He is a foot and a half in front of home plate, and Cousins is already lowering his shoulder to take him out. The decision had already been made. If Posey was in the basepath, or even, in front of the plate, I wouldn't consider it malicious... but this isn't the case.
In fact, any rule change should tell catchers to do exactly what Posey is doing, attempting to make a catch in front of the plate so that they can spin and apply the tag. To avoid the runners should make a headfirst slide and tag the plate with their left hand. Cousins would have been safe if he did this, without taking out Posey. Cousins would have been out if Posey caught the ball. The only difference is that Posey wouldn't be facing a major injury this early in his career.
I am writing this post having read many blogs and commenters' take on the situation. But, watching the Rockies broadcast on MLB Network with their fan's submission of opinions was just aggravating. "Keep baseball old school" and "If it wasn't Posey then nobody would care" are not sufficient reasons to ignore the problem. Baseball is a non-contact sport. This isn't football. however, I can think of a rule in football that is caused by their young players getting injured while their focus is on receiving a ball. (That's for you Fresno fans). That being said, I can think of plenty catchers where people would care. I was unaware of Santana's injury last year, because I don't watch Indian's games... but my opinion would be the same. If you don't care because he isn't on your team, then you are only ignoring the problem for selfish, competitive reasons. If you really think that bulldozing at the plate brings something to the game (like a wreck at a Nascar race), then I'd like to hear it. Maybe we should just change the rules and make everyone who enjoys the bulldozing only watch football. Keep that crap over there. Baseball is better than that.