The Mets have decided Travis d’Arnaud is not allowed to block home plate, because he missed time last year with a knee injury, Terry Collins told the Daily News.
“He’s the future,” Collins said. “We’re not going to subject that leg to getting torn up. Eventually things may change.”
In 2011, after a violent collision at home plate ended Buster Posey’s season, Giants manager Bruce Bochy instructed his All-Star catcher to no longer block home plate when a player is trying to score.
According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, Bochy (a former catcher) and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (also a former catcher) both support a rule change that would ban home plate collisions.
To me, this is good news. Listen, if the Mets made it to Game 7 of the World Series, I’m sure Terry would change the rule. But ask any Giants fan what they would have rather have had – Buster Posey for the entire 2011 season or that run being cut down and winning a May game against the Marlins – and I think you’ll have your answer. The game has changed. How often do these big collisions happen at home plate? Once every few months? For the one or two runs saved a season, is it really worth risking the end a promising career?
The Mets rebuilding effort has a lot invested in d’Arnaud, and there’s no reason to unnecessarily jeopardize that. Does it seem counterintuitive to trying to win baseball games? Maybe. But, as we’ve seen before when Mike Piazza played here, having a major piece of your team play the catcher’s position changes the rules a bit. I”m all for this.