Don’t block the plate! MLB approves of new rule 25 Feb 14

UNDATED (AP) — Some 60-90 big league catchers received some pretty good news on Monday.

Major League Baseball and its players have adopted a rule limiting home plate collisions this season. Most of them are banned with some exceptions.

The one-year rule experiment allows collisions if the catcher has the ball and is blocking the runner’s direct path to home plate, and if the catcher goes into the base path to field a throw to the plate.

The rule bans players from deviating from a direct path to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher or other player covering home plate. A runner violating the rule will be out, even if the fielder drops the ball.