By Nick Wilder
Banning home plate collisions in Major League Baseball could be inevitable.
Following two significant home plate collisions in the American League Championship series, the question of whether to ban these violent collisions has been raised again.
Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski joined The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday to discuss the ongoing topic and offered his opinion on the issue.
“I’m 100 percent against (the banning of home plate collisions), and I’ve been run over a million times,” Pierzynski said. “We went through this when (Buster) Posey got hurt, and we went through this the last couple years. I think if you do it right, I think you’re OK.”
The current Texas Rangers catcher reiterated that there is a certain way catchers should go about blocking home plate.
“At some point you can’t be a tough guy and try to stand there, you have to almost give them your body but then take it away from them," Pierzynski said. “If you are going to get hit, you kind of just have to go with it, you can’t try and be the middle linebacker trying to plug a hole.”
The two-time All Star added that home-plate collisions come with the territory of being a catcher in baseball.
“It’s part of the game, I signed up to be a catcher and I’ve been a catcher for a long time,” Piersynski said. “I’ve never had an injury happen, and it’s unfortunate when they do happen, I feel bad for those guys. But I’ve never had an injury where I couldn’t get up and walk away from it, and I don’t think anyone that has run into me has had one either.”