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MLBPA has yet to approve new instant replay system and ban on home plate collisions

Jan 12, 2014, 3:18 PM EST

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From Jon Paul Morosi at FOXSports.com

At last month’s winter meetings, Major League Baseball was poised to make two major changes to the sport: A broad expansion of instant replay and elimination of collisions at home plate.

But with spring training only one month away, it’s uncertain whether either will be implemented for the 2014 season. One major reason: The MLB Players Association has yet to give its approval, which is required under baseball’s collective bargaining agreement.

MLBPA officials aren’t ruling out a last-minute sign-off, but they clearly have some issues with the proposal that was presented to them last month in Orlando.

“Without getting into the specifics of those discussions I can say that a consensus on both matters was not reached,” MLBPA executive director Tony Clark wrote in an email Saturday to Morosi. “What has been contemplated exceeds what was agreed to. Because of that, we’re in the process of working through some of the issues as we see them. … As it relates to home plate collisions, there are several points of view to explore with the players and we continue to do so.”

The waiting game continues.

  1. hildezero - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    “MLBPA executive director Tony Clark wrote in an email Saturday to Morosi.”

    Is that THE Tony Clark, or what, huh?…

  2. disgracedfury - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Thanks Buster Posey for ruining it for everybody.The guy sucks as a catcher and yet it’s him who created the no collision plate debacle.

    • raysfan1 - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      Yeah, he should man up like Ray Fosse; permanent shoulder damage and chronic pain are cool. Also, who cares about concussions, we find your CTE entertaining, dammit!
      /sarcasm

      • strictlythedanks - Jan 13, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        yes, get rid if the one physical contact in this dying sport. great idea. you people are laughable.

      • raysfan1 - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:15 PM

        This dying sport that is. Setting attendance records and receiving record TV contracts. *eye roll*

        Baseball is not, and was never meant to be, a contact sport. If you would actually like to make an intelligent statement against implementing a new “no home plate collisions” rule it would be:
        Collisions at home plate are actually already against the rules MLB simply needs to have the umps enforce them. Fielders are not allowed to obstruct the base paths without the ball. Runners are not allowed to interfere with fielders making a play.

        Now, if you don’t like baseball–fine, don’t watch it. Meanwhile, all professional sports are doing what they can to decrease athlete’s injury risks, particularly concussions. If you don’t like that, tough. Go bash your own head in for others’ entertainment then.

  3. strictlythedanks - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    f the no collisions at home plate. Torrii Hunter is a legend in minnesota for steamrolling catchers. That being said get some dam replays in this sport if you have any hopes of competing with other sports.

  4. cackalackyank - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Hmm. Please tell me they are not thinking of leveraging this against the A-roid sitcheration.

  5. mtr75 - Jan 12, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Thrilled about instant replay in baseball. Just thrilled. I wonder what Red Sox-Yankees games will take now, 7 hours? 8?

  6. Professor Fate - Jan 12, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Getting calls right and keeping players healthy? Nah, we’re too preoccupied with ignoring A-Rod and his overwrought drama.

  7. braxtonrob - Jan 13, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    I used to feel about this the way I did about the Wild Cards when first conceived (for MLB).
    Now, I like all of it.

    I have high hopes that the umpires will do a good job implementing the new calls at home plate, especially with replay to back them up if they need it.

  8. louhudson23 - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:13 AM

    Hopefully,they will not approve replay…it is a clusterf—ck waiting to happen…..

  9. yordo - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    I hope neither one gets approved. Ever.

  10. mackie66 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    What is so wrong with MLB that they feel the need to screw up an already good game. So what if the umps make a wrong call, thats part of the game. Will MLB do what the NFL has done to football? Have they watched these idiotic NFL officials trying to understand and implement the new rule changes. Some rules are enforced and some are neglected. So how are base runners trying to score from 2nd base going to navigate home plate on a close call, just give themselves up?

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