Thursday, June 2, 2011
Here's Dave's latest for NBCMiami.com, taking a look at even more quotes and thoughts from the Giants about the Cousins-Posey collision.
My take? First of all, I'm amazed this issue is still being discussed. Now I do think the rule needs to be looked at, and I'm in favor of some changes, but to still be debating dirty vs clean or whether a Giants pitcher should throw a dart aimed at Cousins temple the next time he bats is crazy.
Anyway, the rule. Why can you truck an unprotected catcher into next week, but must slide at other bases? And why is that catcher allowed to obstruct the path to the base unlike any other fielders/bases? The common answer seems to be, "well, that's just the way it's always been." That's a stupid reason for doing anything. Plays at the plate are super exciting, of course, but they can still produce that level of awesome without bone jarring collisions. Examples? The famous Sid Bream chug and slide to win the 1992 NLCS, and more recently the Omar Infante magic slide (also seen in 2003 World Series by Alex Gonzalez).
Seems an easy change to make, no? Well, this is MLB remember, and they care about purity! They don't want evil robots to take over the game and start making calls, so they barely have any instant replay. Changing rules is rare occurrence and my guess is this whole issue will blow over and nothing will change.