Overturned out exposes flaw in MLB’s new ban of home-plate collisions

This seemed to take forever to get the call but this is something that will happen a lot in the near future as they work out all the kinks in these rules.

For The Win

Time to convene the MLB rules committee again. This can’t happen:

With the bases loaded in the third inning of the Reds-Pirates game on Wednesday, Pittsburgh pitcher Stolmy Pimentel made a great play on an infield dribbler to force Reds baserunner Devin Mesoraco out at home plate by a step.

But upon review, umpires determined that Pirates catcher Russell Martin did not provide Mesoraco a clear path to the plate, so by the so-called “Buster Posey rule” implemented this season in the hopes of eliminating collisions at home, Mesoraco was ruled safe and the Reds were granted a run.

There’s a reasonable argument to be made that Martin did, in fact, provide Mesoraco a path — his foot was planted on the outside part of the plate with the rest of his body in foul territory. But that’s up to the umpire’s interpretation on replay, and doesn’t much…

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