PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Major League Baseball owners and the players’ union remain at work on drafting a rule that would ban home-plate collisions.
MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred said Thursday that owners “fully expect” to have a rule in place, hopefully this season, but that talks are ongoing.
Joe Torre, MLB’s executive vice president for baseball operations, says that the rule, in essence, will “make sure a baserunner can’t purposely bowl over” a catcher.
Torre says the mentality of runners rounding third and wanting to score at any cost will have to chance. But he says the still will be incidental contact at times.
Union head Tony Clark anticipates approval of the rule for this season.