MLB May Ban Targeting Catchers

By Alex Pettitt

Two years ago we all witnessed a tragedy. Scott Cousins plowed into Buster Posey to score a run in a game. All Giants coaches, players and fans immediately wanted a rule change so, that the catcher is not targeted. Don’t get me wrong there were many other collisions at the plate before that but, the collision against Posey could have potentially ended his career.

Sep 26, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher

Tim Federowicz

(18) attempts to score from second base as San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) prepares for a play at the plate during the second inning at AT

Fast forward to the 2013 playoffs and the Detroit Tigers’ Alex Avila was targeted by David Ross. Ross was ultimately called out. Mark Ellis of the Los Angeles Dodgers tried to score an extra innings run by slamming into Yadier Molina and he was ultimately called out.

Buster Olney of ESPN Magazine wrote an article stating that MLB sources are now looking into banning plays at the plate. He states that MLB will adopt rules at, “lower levels of baseball where the there is a guaranteed avenue to the plate and is not allowed to target the catcher.”

This is good news for baseball, players, and fans.