On Wednesday, the Major League Baseball Rules Committee made a significant change when it announced that home plate collisions would be banned.
The ruling must still be presented to the MLB Players Association, who will then vote on it. If approved, it will go into effect for the 2014 season. If the MLBPA turns it down, the MLB can implement the rule on its own in 2015.
MLB has now decided to eliminate home-plate collisions at home plate, meaning, players must slide going into home.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 11, 2013
Just as the NFL has done with the new tackling rules, the MLB is attempting to reduce concussions from player-on-player collisions.
Not only will players have to slide, but catchers will no longer be allowed to block the plate.
Plays at the plate have long been one of baseball’s most intriguing scenarios, often times producing some of the best highlights. It’s unfortunate that fans will no longer be able to see them; but as the league sees it, a player’s health is far more important than a SportsCenter Top 10 highlight.