All this brew-ha-ha over his slide into homeplate. It’s baseball. It’s supposed to be a man’s sport. Give me a break with the coddling. Also we’re talking about the most heavily padded player on the field. No, I’m not wishing him injury but this is just being blown way out of proportion. It’s the baseball that I grew up watching. Catching is a tough business.
Now let’s get a bit technical. Tell me the rules and I can play the game.
The issue, obviously, is whether the collision was legal under the rules. The rule in question is 7.13, which holds thusly:
(1) 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). In such circumstances, the Umpire shall call the ball dead, and all other base runners shall return to the last base touched at the time of the collision.
As is always the case in the rules, the official comment provides illumination:
Rule 7.13 Comment: The failure by the runner to make an effort to touch the plate, the runner’s lowering of the shoulder, or the runner’s pushing through with his hands, elbows or arms, would support a determination that the runner deviated from the pathway in order to initiate contact with the catcher in violation of Rule 7.13. If the runner slides into the plate in an appropriate manner, he shall not be adjudged to have violated Rule 7.13. A slide shall be deemed appropriate, in the case of a feet first slide, if the runner’s buttocks and legs should hit the ground before contact with the catcher. In the case of a head first slide, a runner shall be deemed to have slid appropriately if his body should hit the ground before contact with the catcher
MLB talked with him and Rizzo had this quote about this conversation
“It was not like I was going in with a cheap shot. I did not go in with my shoulder lowered like a linebacker and really took a shot. I went in like a last-second slide. I was not really sure what to do or where to go. That was (Torre’s) understanding of it, as well. I was not going in trying to end Austin Hedges’ career. We were both trying to make a play to win ballgames for our team. It was not like I was going in trying to hurt him.” – Anthony Rizzo
The whole thing is definitely being overblown. It was good hard baseball. A good throw from the center fielder. Good play by the catcher. Rizzo trying his best to score. This is what baseball is about.
Madden appeared on the Score 760 to discuss it.
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I’m not sure why they feel it’s necessary to comment on who his girl friend is. Just say ‘there is his special lady…’ or even ,”I’m not sure who that is!” But why would you want to guess wrong on a nationally televised broadcast. At least Brad Faxon was there to correct it.
Video below of the incident:
Yes, his actual girl friend is Jena Sims. You may have seen her in some terrible films such as Sharnado 3: Oh Hell No.