I don't know if you are following the post-season, but yesterday evening I was watching the Tigers vs. Red Sox game, and in the 2nd inning, there was a pretty hard collision at home plate. Tigers catcher, Alex Avila, was leveled by David Ross (also a catcher), and he held onto the ball and made the out. A couple innings later Alex came out of the game with a knee injury, a result of the collision. The collision was definitely rough, and has led to plenty of discussion today about whether MLB needs to place rules about plays at home to protect the catchers. There seems to be two schools of thought here: old school, and new school. The old school thought is that this has always been apart of baseball, and the rules shouldn't change. The new school thought is that baseball players weren't built like linebackers back in the day, and we need to do a better job of protecting catchers from these collisions. So what do you think? Should there be new rules protecting against these collisions, or should it be played the way it always has?
The only thing I would add to the discussion is that until the rules change, people can't be mad at the players for colliding at home. Ross' hit was brutal, but it's how the game is played. We can't be mad at him. He's a catcher and understands fully what it is to get leveled.