Who Dey Saturdays at Meijer
Join me, Who Dey and BenGals for WHO DEY SATURDAYS AT MEIJER!
This Saturday: 6650 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45247, 11am-1pm.
You could walk away with four tickets to the next Bengals home game. So come show your Bengals pride and join us for all the festivities. Don’t forget your camera for pictures and autographs with Who Dey and the BenGals.
The Cincinnati #Reds say they're quite interested in 2B Omar Infante, but they obviously need to find a taker for Brandon Phillips, first.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 12, 2013
What do you think of the Reds offering Phillips for Gardner?
What is Plan B at 2B? Have the situation passed the point of no return?
Join the Hot Stove discussion below.
Yankees say no to Phillips-Gardner deal
Nevertheless, when the Reds called and asked if the Yankees would be interested in swapping Gardner for Brandon Phillips, there was some discussion before the Yankees rejected it.
The Yankees were not attracted to Phillips because he has four years at $50 million left on his contract, has had declining offense and has had some public skirmishes with Reds ownership. Also, anticipating that Robinson Cano might leave, Phillips and his reps put the Yankees on what is believed to be a 12-team no-trade list. It was possibly intimated to the Yankees that for Phillips to even consider a deal, he would have to have his contract extended.
Brett Gardner stats/bio
Reds offered Phillips, Yankees rejected
Heyman reports the Reds offered Phillips to the Yankees for Brett Gardner, but were rejected. At some point before the offer was made, Phillips asked the Reds to open up his contract to add more money. Phillips does have a no-trade clause.
Phillips, 32, hit .261/.310/396 (92 OPS+) with 18 home runs and 103 RBI in 2013. He is owed $50 million over the next four years. The 30-year-old Gardner hit .273/.344/.416 (108 OPS+) with 24 stolen base this past season and is due to become a free agent next winter. Both players are above-average defenders at their position.
MLB will put a rule in place that prevents home plate collisions.
What do you think of the rule? Join the discussion below.
@MLB thank you for the new collision rule! I addressed this with MLB after Posey was nailed. It's taken too long!— Johnny Bench (@Johnny_Bench5) December 12, 2013
The collision I had in 75 with Gary Matthews in April crushed the AC joint and I had 6 cortisone shots every 3 weeks. @MLB— Johnny Bench (@Johnny_Bench5) December 12, 2013
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 17: David Ross #3 of the Boston Red Sox is out at home by Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers in the second inning of Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 17, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
MLB to ban home plate collisions
Under the rules changes being discussed, sources told Olney:
• Catchers will not be allowed to block home plate.
• Runners will not be permitted to target the catchers.
• The question of whether or not the plate was blocked or the runner targeted the catcher will be reviewable, with an immediate remedy available to the umpires.
• Catchers or runners who violate the new rules will be subject to disciplinary action.
The play at the plate: Safer
In the first step to formally eradicating a thrilling but dangerous staple of the game — and an emphatic response to the concussion crisis that has gripped other sports — Major League Baseball’s rules committee voted Wednesday to eliminate home-plate collisions.
Rose on collision ban: What's the game coming to?
"What are they going to do next, you can't break up a double play?" Rose said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press after MLB announced its plan Wednesday.
"You're not allowed to pitch inside. The hitters wear more armor than the Humvees in Afghanistan. Now you're not allowed to try to be safe at home plate?" Rose said. "What's the game coming to? Evidently the guys making all these rules never played the game of baseball."
MLB set to ban home-plate collisions
So, macho men, get your pitchforks. This thing is happening.
Moving forward, the rule will be that runners have to slide if there's a play at the plate. Also of note here is that catcher's blocking the plate without the ball is technically supposed to be an obstruction call -- but due to the baseball world having accepted the collision at home plate for so long, it's one of those rules that isn't really enforced.
Here is what I wrote in October
If a runner ran over a fielder at 1st, 2nd or 3rd base, what do you think the reaction would be?
If a runner ran over a fielder on a double play, he would be called out and the batter would be called out. Yet, a runner can plow over a catcher to score a run? Why?
A runner should not be able to run over a catcher. The catcher should not be allowed to block the plate. We protect little league, high school and college catchers by forcing runners to slide, yet MLB won't protect catchers at the highest level of the game? That makes no sense.
The MLB rules on interference and obstruction:
1. Runner has the right of way in the baseline unless the fielder has the ball or is in act of fielding ball.
2. Runner has no right to initiate contact with fielder in possession of the ball and must make an effort to avoid a fielder attempting to field ball.
3. Fielder must give runner the baseline until he has the ball or is in the act of fielding ball.
Heck, the NFL has realized the dangers of concussions and taken steps to protect players.
Isn't it time MLB drop the acceptance of an open season on defenseless catchers?
This isn't about grunting, pounding your chest and smashing a beer can on your forehead.
This is about common sense.
The NCAA implemented a "Collision Rule" (Rule 8.7) prior to the 2011 season.
The rule states: "Contact above the waist that was initiated by the base runner shall not be judged as an attempt to reach the base or plate." If the home plate umpire determines the contact at the plate violates the rule, the runner is out and can be ejected.
Home plate should be treated like any other base. Can't run over people, can't block base. Simple. Good comments by Jim Leyland last night— Brian Kenny (@MrBrianKenny) October 18, 2013
What do you think is ok about this play?
Minor League Baseball: Erie's Brandon Douglas scores on a fielder's choice, knocking Harrisburg catcher Brian Jeroloman out of the game. (September 4, 2013)
5/25/11: Scott Cousins barrels into Giants catcher Buster Posey with the go-ahead run in the 12th inning.