Home plate collision rule, aka ‘the Buster Posey rule’ implemented by MLB

David Ross home plate collision
Boston’s David Ross collides with Detroit’s Alex Avila during the 2013 ALCS. Credit: Getty Images

In the NFL, the “Brady rule” was put in place shortly after then-Kansas City Chiefs’ safety Bernard Pollard’s low hit to Tom Brady’s knee led to the Patriots’ quarterback missing the entire 2008 season. Major League Baseball now appears to be ready to protect many of its stars after San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey missed the brunt of the 2011 season due to a nasty home plate collision.

MLB and the MLB players association banned most home plate collisions Monday, though the controversial, yet uncommon play won’t be entirely extinct going forward.

Basically, catchers can block the plate if they catch the ball before the runner arrives, but the catcher cannot block the pathway of a runner attempting to score. If the catcher does do this, the runner will be declared safe.


Rule 7.13, which will be implemented on a one-year trial run says, “the failure by the runner to make an effort to touch the plate, the runner’s lowering of the shoulder, or the runner’s pushing through with his hands, elbows or arms, would support a determination that the runner deviated from the pathway in order to initiate contact with the catcher in violation.”

The runner would be declared out if he violates the above rule.

Instant replay will be available to review such plays.

Follow Metro Boston sports editor Matt Burke on Twitter @BurkeMetroBOS



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