GLENDALE, Ariz. — With the experimental rule on home plate collisions approved Monday, at least players have some clarity, White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers said.
Flowers isn’t endorsing the rule and he believes there are still several items that need to be explained, but at least teams can prepare knowing the play has been banned officially.
“That’s been up in the air when we’ve worked on a few things already, do we need to work on this, will it happen?” Flowers said. “I saw the first details, and they had to change a couple things. I don’t know all the details, but at least a decision’s made. At least we know what we need to practice every day.”
Flowers said an early video distributed to show what would be and what wouldn’t be legal hasn’t provided enough clarity. But Flowers has never really worried about collisions at the plate. He understands the rule after seeing the significant injuries suffered by Buster Posey and Carlos Santana in the past few years. If anything, Flowers is more upset about his reduced chance of scoring.
“For us slower base runners, it’s going to be a little different,” Flowers said. “Sometimes we have a chance to run them over and score, now we have to make it. ... It was an exciting aspect of being a base runner who’s not very fast, just an avenue for me trying to score. People did what they had to do, that’s just how it was.”