Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mlb Provides Clarity on Plays at Plate

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mlb Provides Clarity on Plays at Plate

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Major League Baseball sent a memo to teams clarifying this year's experimental rule intended to limit collisions at home plate, saying runners should not be called safe if the ball clearly beats them.

The rule, announced in February, says a catcher can't block the plate if he doesn't have the ball. There have been several disputed calls that led to runners being called safe after video review.

The guidelines sent to teams Tuesday say the catcher's positioning shouldn't change the call when the throw clearly is ahead of the runner. They also say if the catcher is entirely in fair territory, he should not be considered to have blocked the plate. Photo examples were included.

"It's basically the same thing, but the officials in New York got to use a little bit of common sense," Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "If you're out by 40 feet ... let's not call that guy safe because of that."

Nationals

Before the game against Atlanta, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman took on-field batting practice for the first time since injuring his right hamstring July 22. …

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