I believe catchers should have the right to block the plate, because otherwise they have to stand out of the way and possibly let in a run that they could of stopped. Even though some injuries could happen, like Buster Posey, I still think they should be allowed too. For instance bottom of 9, 2 outs, fall ball to center, runners tags and hes out by a mile, but the catcher blocks the plate. The call is overturned and the runner is then safe. This is obviously not a good idea. Plus it also makes a chance for the runner to be safe also, because they can knock the ball out to win.
Catchers for the most part know how to minimize the risk they put their lower half into blocking the plate, and it's just part of the sport everybody accepts. Rarely is it utilized when there's another option so players aren't use it as a "take out" maneuver, it's a way to score and one that won't be taken out of baseball
If a catcher gets hit, it is his own fault. He has all of the time he needs to try to get out of the way of an oncoming runner, or place a tag from the side of the basepath. If a catcher is not willing to sacrifice his own body for an out, clearly he is in the wrong position
It is a part of the game and they shouldnt take it away. Many collisons happen at home plate every year and very little inguries happpen every year. It is part of the game and it would be unfair for the runnners to not be able to score because the players would not have a chance to score
For as long as the MLB has existed, runners have gone home to score. Likewise, catchers have done everything they can to attempt to prevent the runner from scoring. Placing their body in harm's way in a last ditch effort to stop the runner is a part of baseball's history and culture.
Collisions at home plate are as much a part of baseball as bats, hats and hotdogs. If collisions at home plate were prevented it would seem to essentially change the game of baseball itself. Home plate collisions are no more dangerous than the body hits of football players, or punches from boxers. Home plate collisions should be left alone.
Catchers for the most part know how to minimize the risk they put their lower half into blocking the plate, and it's just part of the sport everybody accepts. Rarely is it utilized when there's another option so players aren't use it as a "take out" maneuver, it's a way to score and one that won't be taken out of baseball.
The MLB should definitely continue to allow collisions at home plate. It's part of the tradition of the game, and players know what they are getting into when they start to play. Catchers are blocking the plate in an attempt to prevent a run from scoring, and runners are obviously attempting to score. The MLB should not take this out.
I personally think that they should ban collisions between the catchers and base runners. I am talking from personal experiences, if you get hit hard enough it can definitely be an safety issue for your brain. Yes it is apart of the game but if the catcher has the ball before you, your going to be out unless they don't know how to hang onto the ball