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San Fran's Posey appluads new collisions rule

All-Star backstop thinks MLB's rule change will cut down on malicious plays
02/25/2014 2:43 PM ET
By The Associated Press

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey reaches for a play at the plate in 2013.(AP)
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Giants catcher Buster Posey, whose 2011 season was cut short after the Marlins' Scott Cousins crashed into him at the plate, says a home plate collision rule adopted by Major League Baseball and its players does a good thing by eliminating malicious collisions.

Speaking about the rule change for the first time Tuesday, Posey said, ''I've always said that the main thing is for everybody to be comfortable with it, that the catchers and runners are protected.''

Posey, an All-Star catcher, sustained a broken bone in his lower left leg and three torn ligaments in his ankle in the May 2011 collision.

The new rule allows collisions if the catcher has the ball and is blocking the runner's direct path to home plate, and if the catcher goes into the basepath to field a throw to the plate.

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