Shaughnessy: Banning home plate collisions an 'overreaction'

Shaughnessy: Banning home plate collisions an 'overreaction'
December 13, 2013, 12:00 am
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Perhaps baseball's most famous home plate collision is Pete Rose's takeout of Ray Fosse to end the 1970 All-Star Game and curtail Fosse's career.

(AP Photo)

Two changes to come out of the Winter Meetings this week were the elimination of home plate collisions as a way to protect catchers and the expansion of instant replay.

Longtime Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy weighed in on both on "Uno Sports Tonight."

The bottom line? Shaughnessy likes neither change.

"I don't understand it [eliminating collisions]," Shaughnessy said. "Especially these ex-catchers [Joe] Torre, [Bruce] Bochy coming out for it. You're eliminating a play that's been part of the game for 150 years...It's almost like the Brady rule of baseball [referring to NFL rules that protect the quarterbacks]. I really think it's an overreaction."

As for replay, Shaughnessy said the "continuousness" of the action in baseball doesn't lend itself to it. For example, Where are you going to put the runners after a foul ball is suddenly ruled fair?

"It just not going to work," he said. "It's unweildy. It's time-consuming. And you can ill-afford to make these games longer."