Major League Baseball officials plan to stop home plate collisions possibly as soon as the next season begins but not later than 2015. According to New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, the chairman of the rules committee, player safety and concern over concussions were the major factors that led to the decision.
Change The Culture of Acceptance of the Game
According to Alderson, “Ultimately what we want to do is change the culture of acceptance that these plays are ordinary and routine and an accepted part of the game. The costs associated in terms of health and injury just no longer warrants the status quo.” In a sport that is heavily influenced by tradition, the proposed ban would be considered a major step. The league is instituting a large increase in the utilization of instant replay by umpires in the coming season in an effort to reduce or eliminate wrong calls.