Saturday, April 24, 2010

Things That Make You Go Ouch

In the midst of their first two game losing streak of the season, the Yankees Mark Teixeira left his mark on the Los Angeles catcher Bobby Wilson.

Teixeira was attempting to score from second base on a Robinson Cano base hit to right field. Bobby Abreu's throw home was to the first base side of home plate. Wilson attempted to catch the ball on a hop and, in one move, bring the tag over to Teixeira. But Wilson lost twice.

The ball ricocheted off Wilson's mask and Teixeira blasted through the catcher as he moved towards home plate. While the play was considered clean (that includes the opinion of Halos' skipper Mike Scioscia), my opinon remains that it should not be part of the game.

Nowhere else on the field can you steamroll a player like you do at home plate. Shin guards and a chest protector don't make you ready to play running back in the NFL. Catchers are often in a prone position as a collision occurs, setting them up for an assortment of injuries.

Wilson suffered an ankle injury and a concussion, and it could have been a lot worse. Fortunately for the Yankees, Teixeira came away unscathed, but the runner is at risk as well.

It may be a play that goes back to the beginning of time, but that doesn't mean it's a play that should remain in play.

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