|Buster Posey, the Giants' star catcher, may miss the rest|
of the season after breaking his leg and suffering
ligament damage in this collision.
It's a rather gruesome photo, and Buster Posey is a significant player with significant injuries as a result of this play.
Still, I was surprised at the sudden call for a ban on blocking the plate as a means of protecting catchers.
Protecting catchers? Really? Most home plate collisions, of course, result in no injuries. Those that do, I suspect, lean heavily on the side of injuring the runner.
The catcher, after all, is armored. And if he's following the rules — which prohibit a fielder without the ball from obstructing the runner — he has possession of the ball and probably has had time to get set and braced.
Posey's injury is unfortunate. But I heard no such outcry when Robin Ventura broke his ankle in a home plate collision.