OTC: Are MLB’s Catcher Collisions The Dumbest Rule In Sports? / Tyshawn In Brooklyn

“After enough hitters were nailed in the head during the first century of baseball, the batters started wearing helmets, because everybody realized that getting drilled by pitches is not a good way to stay on the field and get paid. In the name of safety, most outfield walls have been padded. Rules on how baserunners can slide into second and third base have been enforced to protect the fielders. And inevitably, there will be rules made to reduce collisions between baserunners and catchers, because it’s a senseless outlier in baseball’s risk/reward equation. Until then, however, the play will stupidly be allowed to go on, perhaps until someone gets seriously hurt — an ignominy that Yadier Molina narrowly avoided Tuesday night while trying to save one essentially meaningless run in one game in the midst of career that should encompass thousands of runs and games.”
Buster Olney, @Buster_ESPN, after the Cardinals’ catcher injured his back, neck and left shoulder following a home-plate collision with the Pirates’ Josh Harrison, ESPN.com
GH: I have long lobbied for baseball to remove this archaic anomaly from the game. Why it still remains is more a testament to baseball’s tortoise pace when it comes to altering Abner’s game. The dumbest rules in sports is probably golf forcing its players to accurately keep their own score. Allowing a base runner to plow into a catcher who has his back or side to the runner might be the next dumbest.

“I don’t think he’ll play quarterback at Missouri. He looks like a linebacker, safety or fullback.”
Todd Leabo, on Trent Hosick, Staley’s All-State QB who has committed to Mizzou, 810 AM
GH: I have watched Hosick play quarterback at Staley High the past three seasons and he is a Collin Klein clone – and as tough as they come at the high school level. He looks nothing like the Mizzou quarterbacks we have seen under Pinkel. His skill set is far more conducive to the Wildcat attack Snyder implemented for Klein. Hosick doesn’t play defense for Staley. While Leabo and I see him as more of a safety at MU, I’m not so sure Hosick has that same vision.

“I don’t know if people know how good Danny [Clinkscale] is, because Danny is really, really, really good! He knows the names, he’s descriptive, you can tell what’s going on. I’m a fan. He’s completely different when he does play-by-play. He’s a different guy.”
Kevin Kietzman, on Clinkscale’s play-by-play work on WHB’s high school football broadcasts, 810 AM
GH: As I listened to Kietzman praise Clink’s play-by-play work [which I too enjoy and have since his days with Roos’ basketball], I couldn’t help wondering how Danny perceived the praise. Telling someone you’re really good and a completely different guy from your regular radio work could be considered a hard knock.

“[Ryan] Tannehill was asked [on HBO’s Hard Knocks] which teams played in the NFC East. ‘Chiefs?’ Matt Moore laughs at him. ‘How do you not know this?’”
Ben Volin, @BenVolinPBP, Twitter
GH: The former Texas A&M quarterback is probably in the majority of NFL players who couldn’t place all 32 teams in their correct divisions. It is my opinion that the fans follow the game far more closely than most of the athletes. I am one Chiefs fan who is very glad Tannehill is not in charge of realignment.

“Royals broadcast today has just been… weird. Physioc and Hudler all over the place with cadence, emotions & thoughts.”
Curtis Kitchen, @curtiskitchen, on their Sunday broadcast from Boston, Twitter
GH: I wouldn’t call that weird, that’s pretty much par for this pair. I know Hudler has garnered a fringe fan base and is he a likable guy – but he’s a flake as a TV analyst. I would like to see the Royals send both Rex and Physioc packing after October.

“Regardless of where in life u r today, concentrate on influencing others in a positive way tomorrow & take a step forward. Try that everyday.”
Frank Martin, @FrankMartin_SC, Twitter
GH: F-Bomb Frank might want to remember that speech during his timeouts this season while talking to his Gamecocks.

“That was the first conversation we had. He loves coach Self to death and has the utmost respect for him; he feels like coach Self got him to the person that he is, and I feel the same way.”
Tyshawn Taylor, on talking with his new Brooklyn Nets’ teammate, Deron Williams, who played for Self at Illinois, Kansas City Star
GH: Congrats to Tyshawn. The Star’s Rustin Dodd reports that Taylor has signed a guaranteed two-year contract with the Nets.

“I was playing against guys that I’ve been playing against (in college). It wasn’t like I was playing against (Derrick Rose) or (Rajon) Rondo.”
Tyshawn Taylor, on the competition he faced in the NBA summer league where he averaged 15.5/game, Kansas City Star
GH: Dodd reports that Taylor is living back in his hometown of Hoboken – just two blocks from where he grew up. I will be in New York in early November to run the marathon. One memento I’m looking forward to buying is a Brooklyn Nets t-shirt.

“I’d die before I wore that name! RT @BPalmer771: @Englishscope24 kinda weird to see you in blue and red, at least it doesn’t say kansas!!”
Kim English, after changing his Twitter avatar to a photo of him dressed in his red and blue Pistons’ uniform, Twitter
GH: The games may no longer be on the KU and MU schedules but the rivalry remains. This will be the first time in 120 years the two Border States will not face off on the gridiron. Life [and rivalries] move on.

“Save the dates: Registration opens September 4, 2012 for Children’s TLC Groundhog Run. Race Day: January 27, 2013. 5K: $35. 10K: $39. An additional $5 charge will begin on November 14, 2013.”
Groundhog Run Email
GH: $35 bucks to run a 5K race? $40 if we don’t register three months in advance? Entry fees for many running events have jumped the shark – and my running budget. Skip two races and you can buy yourself a new pair of Nikes.

“Live life unfiltered.”
Billboard for Belgium unfiltered beer
GH: I see this billboard on I-435 during my daily commute. I’m not so sure this is good advice. While I do enjoy the raw, there is much to be said about a good filter. Your thoughts?

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Software guy who has been writing my Off The Couch column in KC newspapers, publications and websites since 1994. Has been bounced from some of the finest media establishments this side of State Line Road. Dad first and everything else second...and there are a lot of everything elses.
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52 Responses to OTC: Are MLB’s Catcher Collisions The Dumbest Rule In Sports? / Tyshawn In Brooklyn

  1. donkeypunch says:

    Couple of things:
    1. I don’t care about the catcher rule. Eff them if they get hurt
    2. Clink is horrible on the radio. Speaks too softly. Though his vernacular is far beyond us mere mortals, he’s an idiot
    3. I’m tired of this heat and dry weather. Makes me severly cranky
    4. Manning will start all 16 games this year plus the playoffs
    5. I’ve never seen a golf course in worse shape than Tomahawk Hills. Played 3 holes and wanted to leave and get my money back. They should be ashamed of themselves
    6. Hurricane Isaac will bring rain to the area, though will only reach about 50 miles east of KC. Once again Mother Nature gives us the middle finger

      • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

        Is any course in the KC Metro in good shape? Even the nicer ones that I play up north have taken a beating this summer. (Tiffany Greens, Shoal Creek, The Deuce)

        • Jim says:

          GWSWOT, I play The Outlaw at Smithville every Thursday. Fairways and greens are in fine shape. (although they aerated greens last Thursday) Like every place else, the rough is just horrible.

          • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

            Ugh. Aerated greens. Thanks for the info, cause I was going to play the Outlaw tomorrow. Guess not. Shoal’s tees and fairways are beautiful, but the greens are a bit pockmarked. Strangely enough, Hodge Park’s greens are in better shape than Shoal’s.

          • Jim says:

            They should be in decent shape by tomorrow. At least playable. They really weren’t that bad last Thursday and they had just done them that morning. Just that time of year. Hit ‘em straight wherever you go.

          • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

            Jim,
            I played Tiffany Greens on Thursday. It’s in OUTSTANDING shape. Even the rough is green. Greens are soft, receptive, and rolling true. Now, all of that didn’t help me keep my drives in the fairway.

        • Greg Hall says:

          I have pretty much sacrificed my lawn to the moles, voles and that bitch Mother Nature this summer. My front yard is playing like The Old Course in January.

          • donkeypunch says:

            $300/mo water bills and all 90% of my yard is quasi-green. I haven’t lost a plant/tree/shrub yet. Only 1 mole this year, several voles, and luckily only 3 rattlesnakes.

          • newbaum turk says:

            Some mouse traps baited with peanut butter will get those voles. Give it a few days though.

        • KC Mikey V says:

          Golf Club of Kansas is in great shape.

  2. B.A. Homer says:

    good idea, tyshawn. work you way to big money and the nba, then move back into the hood you grew up in.

    what could possibly go wrong?

    point plankin

  3. kchoya says:

    So Babb is leaving the Star? How long was he a columnist, three months?

    • Kyle says:

      Where did you hear this?

      • Cliffy says:

        http://www.bottomlinecom.com/blc-exclusive-babb-leaving-kc-star-for-washington-post/

        • Gavin says:

          Holy crap. I was just starting to like the guy and also just starting to feel as if the Star had found its two-columnist stride after Whitlock & Posnanski left.

          Of course, given the hammering Posnanski has been absorbing, he may end up back here anyway.

        • Gavin says:

          Still, no way this isn’t a step up for him and you can’t blame the guy. The Post? Gotta take that gig if you have any faith in your own talent.

  4. B.A. Homer says:

    Hudler is growing on me. I love his passion and the fact that he will disagree with Beav or Physioc.

    Physioc is terrible

  5. Smartman says:

    Live Life Unfiltered taken to the extreme is like saying Have Unprotected Anal Sex With A Stranger or Democrats Don’t Lie or Craig Glazer’s Hair Is Real.

  6. Fred Flintstone says:

    Kim English in supposed KU colors? You should be so honored/fortunate. Too bad you had to settle for a program that’s never been to a Final Four, and just moved into a conference where another “K” school will bitch slap you down to mediocrity once again.

    Kentucky may be an SEC school, but at it’s heart (Adolph Rupp) it’s from Kansas.

    • Cliffy says:

      Chill, man. Sheesh.

    • Kyle says:

      English needs to chill. He sounds like an insecure little brat every time he mentions KU. Of course he did get owned by them his whole college career, so who can blame him?

    • B.A. Homer says:

      Gotta love KU fans.

      Let it go. We never mattered anyway, remember?

    • Hoof R. Tedd says:

      Is there anything out there that kU fans won’t claim responsibility for its success? Now, I believe kU fans have claimed the success of:

      -UK basketball
      -UNC basketball
      -UCLA basketball
      -The Chicago Bulls during the 90s.
      -New York Yankees
      -Green Bay Packers
      -The modern New England Patriots dynasty
      -America
      -Hulkamania

      • Kyle Rohde says:

        Sarcasm aside, KU alums (Allen, Smith, Rupp) built the three best college basketball programs of all time (KU, UNC, UK), and all three have their respective stadiums named after the coaches. So yeah, we’re kind of proud of that and it’s a great way to get around the fact that both UNC and UK have more a lot more NCAA Tournaments than we have.

        • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

          “You’re welcome for Phog Allen”

          Sincerely,

          Jamesport MO & The University of Central Missouri.

        • john doe says:

          But KU fans put titles above all else, or at least that’s what they claim.

          That puts KU behind Duke (4 since 1991), Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, UCLA, and on par with UConn. The fake KU has titles dont count.

          And yes, I know Missouri doesnt have one.

  7. Jim says:

    Life requires a filter. Without one, you can’t strain out the uninformed, the ignorant, the ridiculous, the embarrassing or the uneducated. In other words, you end up with………..Harley.

  8. OlatheCat says:

    “Save the dates: Registration opens September 4, 2012 for Children’s TLC Groundhog Run. Race Day: January 27, 2013. 5K: $35. 10K: $39. An additional $5 charge will begin on November 14, 2013.”
    Groundhog Run Email
    GH: $35 bucks to run a 5K race? $40 if we don’t register three months in advance? Entry fees for many running events have jumped the shark – and my running budget. Skip two races and you can buy yourself a new pair of Nikes.

    Yeah, amen to this, Greg. It’s a racket! A lot of people are making a lot of money planning and organizing 5k races. There’s one in town almost every weekend now.

    • Jim says:

      Do you have ANY idea how expensive it is to make a START and FINISH line banner? These things cost money!!! We won’t even TALK about the cost of a starter pistol. Overhead costs on these 5K’s are getting out of control!

    • Kyle Rohde says:

      A racket where the proceeds go to a charity for every one I’ve ever seen…this town will obviously accept that cost, as there’s literally a 5K every weekend from April through October, so I would think the cost is about right.

      • Greg Hall says:

        Kyle, I resent that the sport of road racing is now anonymous with charity fund raising. Too many charities simply hide behind the façade of “good will” to fleece folks of their cash for reasons other than their reported purpose. Someone yells “CANCER” and we are all supposed to drop to our knees and empty our wallets. I’m not buying.

  9. Merle Tagladucci says:

    That play between Molina and Harrison was awesome. Those plays separate the men from the boys. There’s a great montage of the play on MLB.com (linked below) that includes both the Cards and Pirates radio and TV broadcasters calling the play. Not one of them said it was dirty or complained, and no one whined about changing the rules. “Hard-nosed, full throttle baseball” was the best description of them all.

    Technically, you could argue Molina was obstructing the plate but it was a bang bang play. The ball was in his glove prior to contact.

    Here’s that montage:

    http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?c_id=stl&content_id=24289239&topic_id=11493214

    And here’s a writer for the Riverfront Times in St. Louis whining about the play, calling Pittsburgh a “second-rate team,” suggesting Harrison led with his forearm/elbow and intentionally tried to hurt Molina because that’s the only way Pittsburgh can keep St. Louis out of the playoffs:

    http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2012/08/yadier_molina_injured_josh_harrison_cheap_shot.php

  10. Merle Tagladucci says:

    That play between Molina and Harrison was awesome. Those plays separate the men from the boys. There’s a great montage of the play on MLB.com (linked below) that includes both the Cards and Pirates radio and TV broadcasters calling the play. Not one of them said it was dirty or complained, and no one whined about changing the rules. “Hard-nosed, full throttle baseball” was the best description of them all.

    Technically, you could argue Molina was obstructing the plate but it was a bang bang play. The ball was in his glove prior to contact.

    Here’s that montage:

    http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?c_id=stl&content_id=24289239&topic_id=11493214

    • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

      Wow. What a play. Molina is just a badass. No two ways about it. Cannon for an arm, clutch hitter (ask the NY Mets), hits for average, and will have a career high in homers this year. One of the best long term signings of the offseason. And takes ZERO shit from opposing players. Gotta love the guy.

  11. MrOlathe says:

    The opponent (or opponents) keep score in golf. That’s what they’re doing on the 1st tee when they are exchanging scorecards.

    • Greg Hall says:

      Why? It makes no sense that they need to count strokes and sign their scorecard. Errors on their card are dealt with in a disqualification. Crazy.

      • MrOlathe says:

        How does it make no sense that they need to count strokes and sign their scorecard. Errors are not always a disqualification.

  12. brett says:

    if you want to protect catchers, you don’t need to ban collisions. you just need to ban catchers from blocking the plate.

    i actually think there should be a ban on blocking any base. just doesn’t seem fair when a baserunner clearly has a throw beat, only to be tagged out b/c the third basement kneels in front of the base.

    • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

      I would agree, you can’t get in his way while a baserunner is making his way between bases. Why should you be able to impede his progress to the base/plate by blocking it? Makes no sense.

  13. JP says:

    If there is one person who should stick to pxp, it’s Clinkscale. He is absolutely horrid on radio, his voice lingers in and out of the mike, and he is the worst at basing his opinions on his “relationship” with the team. He hates the Chiefs, doesn’t know squat about football, yet 810 has him on the radio seemingly 24/7. As obnoxious as Carpenter is, he is a big improvement over Clinkscale.

  14. Ronnie says:

    Greg,
    Good luck in the marathon. Pick up a Tyshawn jesey for me while your up there!

  15. KC GUY says:

    Dumbest rule in sports is the appeal in baseball. If the ump sees something (like a runner missing a base) he should make the call. Can you imagine this rule in other sports?