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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

MLB News: New Plate Collision Rules



MLB News:



Here is the 2014 official new rule on home-plate collisions, reprinted directly from MLB:

Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) have officially negotiated the addition of Rule 7.13, covering collisions at home plate, on an experimental basis for the 2014 season, the parties jointly announced today.

In 2014, the rule being implemented by MLB and the MLBPA (set out below) will prohibit the most egregious collisions at home plate. The new experimental rule sets forth that:
A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate). If, in the judgment of the Umpire, a runner attempting to score initiates contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate) in such a manner, the Umpire shall declare the runner out (even if the player covering home plate loses possession of the ball).
Unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner as he is attempting to score. If, in the judgment of the Umpire, the catcher, without possession of the ball, blocks the pathway of the runner, the Umpire shall call or signal the runner safe.

In determining whether a runner deviated from his pathway in order to initiate a collision, the Umpire will consider whether the runner made an effort to touch the plate, and whether he lowered his shoulders or pushed through with his hands, elbows or arms when veering toward the catcher. The rule that will be in effect in 2014 does not mandate that the runner always slide or that the catcher can never block the plate. However, runners who slide, and catchers who provide the runner with a lane to reach the plate, will never be found to be in violation of the new rule. Beginning immediately, Clubs will be required to train their runners to slide and their catchers to provide the runner with a pathway to reach the plate at all levels in their organizations.

MLB will distribute training materials throughout Spring Training and discussions on the new rule, including the retraining of catchers and base runners, will be held during MLB’s meetings with managers in the weeks ahead. Additionally, MLB and the MLBPA will form a committee of players and managers to review developments as the season progresses and to discuss the possible application of the new rule in 2015.

Finally, instant replay will be available to review potential violations of Rule 7.13. The Umpire Crew Chief will have discretion to invoke instant replay in order to determine whether Rule 7.13 was violated.

OFFICIAL BASEBALL RULE 7.13

Monday, February 17, 2014

MLB News: MLB Free Agents Left - 2/15/14


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MLB News: 2014 Free Agent List  - Courtesy of MLBTradeRumors.com 

In case you were wondering who is still left on the board, here is the complete list as of 2/15/14.

Catchers
Yenier Bello (28)
Kelly Shoppach (34)

First Basemen
Casey Kotchman (31)
Kendrys Morales (30)*

Second Basemen
None

Shortstops
Stephen Drew (31) *
Nick Green (35)

Third Basemen
Brandon Inge (37)
Placido Polanco (38)

Left Fielders
Laynce Nix (33)
Juan Pierre (36)
Derrick Robinson (26)

Center Fielders
Rick Ankiel (34)
Andres Torres (36)
Dewayne Wise (36)

Right Fielders
Tyler Colvin (28)
Nelson Cruz (33)*
Vernon Wells (35)

Designated Hitters
Kendrys Morales (30)*
Vernon Wells (35)

Sunday, February 09, 2014

MLB News: 2014 MLB Free Agents left on the board (2/7/14)


Here is the 2014 MLB Free Agent List from MLBtraderumors.com - Updated 2/7/14

Catchers

Yenier Bello (28)
Kelly Shoppach (34)

First Basemen

Casey Kotchman (31)
Kendrys Morales (30)

Second Basemen

None

Shortstops

Stephen Drew (31)
Nick Green (35)

Third Basemen

Brandon Inge (37)
Placido Polanco (38)

Left Fielders

Laynce Nix (33)
Juan Pierre (36)
Derrick Robinson (26)

Center Fielders

Rick Ankiel (34)
Andres Torres (36)
Dewayne Wise (36)

Right Fielders

Tyler Colvin (28)
Nelson Cruz (33)
Vernon Wells (35)

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

MLB News: Mike Piazza Falls Short Again - Maddux, Glavine, Thomas Get Elected to 2014 Hall


MLB News:


A player needs to appear on 75 percent of ballots cast in order to be elected. Only three got in and one was NOT Mike Piazza.

Greg Maddux (97.2 percent), Tom Glavine (91.9) and Frank Thomas (83.7) all were elected in to the 2014 class.

Maddux failed to unseat Tom Seaver (98.8 percent in 1992) for the highest percentage received in gaining election.

Mike Piazza improved his percentage in his second year on the ballot, but fell short again of election to Cooperstown.

Piazza appeared on 62.2 percent of ballots cast by eligible Baseball Writers' Association of America voters, an increase from 57.8 percent in his inaugural season of eligibility.

The remainder of the voting > 5% who will remain on the ballot next year:

Craig Biggio (74.8 percent -- two votes shy among 571 votes cast)
Piazza 62.2
Jack Morris 61.5
Jeff Bagwell 54.3
Tim Raines 46.1
Roger Clemens 35.4
Barry Bonds 34.7
Lee Smith 29.9
Curt Schilling 29.2
Edgar Martinez 25.2
Alan Trammell 20.8
Mike Mussina 20.3
Jeff Kent 15.2
Fred McGriff 11.7
Mark McGwire 11.0
Larry Walker 10.2
Don Mattingly 8.2
Sammy Sosa 7.2

They have to receive at least 5% to stay on but Jack Morris falls off the ballot after appearing for 15 years. He will be eligible for selection by a veterans committee every three years, beginning for the 2016 class.

Monday, December 16, 2013

MLB News: Reliever John Axford on the verge of signing with Indians


MLB News:


The Cleveland Indians are on the verge of signing right-handed reliever John Axford, who was non-tendered by the St. Louis Cardinals, a source said Sunday.

The 30-year-old Axford pitched 54 2/3 innings in 2013 for the Milwaukee Brewers, but he was removed from the closer role after six blown saves and was traded to the Cardinals in August.

In 10 1/3 regular-season innings for St. Louis, Axford gave up two earned runs, walked three and struck out 11 with a 1.74 ERA.

Axford was called upon six times in the postseason, striking out four and giving up one earned run against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers. In two World Series appearances, he didn't allow a hit and struck out five in 2 1/3 innings.

His seven total blown saves in 2013 were the second-most of his career.

Axford reportedly had drawn interest from several teams this offseason, including the Mets.
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