Joe Torre and Sandy Alderson have announced that the Major League Baseball Rules Committee has voted to outlaw home plate collisions. The rule change must be approved by the players before it can be implemented for 2014. The players are expected to approve it.
Catchers will no longer be allowed to block home plate. Instead they must leave the base runner a path the plate and try to tag them out. What is not clear is what will happen to a catcher that violates the rule.
The rule change stemmed from a greater public awareness of the damage of concussions and some high profile injuries. San Francisco star catcher Buster Posey missed most of the 2012 season after getting hurt in a collision at the plate. His manager, Bruce Bochy, was one of the leading forces to get the rule changed.