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Press Release

02/24/2014 2:45 PM ET
Statement of MLBPA executive director Tony Clark regarding new experimental rule governing home plate collisions

NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark today issued the following statement regarding the experimental rule governing home plate collisions:

"There is nothing more sacred in the game than home plate, and baserunners want to do all they can to score a run while catchers want to do their best to defend the plate -- in many cases at all costs. Therefore, as one might imagine, the issue of home plate collisions is one that generates spirited debate among the players. Because of this, coming up with a rule change that allows both the runner and catcher a fair and equal opportunity to score and defend was our mandate.

"We believe the new experimental rule allows for the play at the plate to retain its place as one of the most exciting plays in the game, while providing an increased level of protection to both the runner and the catcher. We will monitor the rule closely this season before discussing with the Commissioner's Office whether the rule should become permanent.

"During these negotiations, one thing became very apparent. Serious discussions over potential rule changes must include the input and feedback from those with the best vantage point: the players. With that in mind, I would like to thank those players involved in helping us navigate through this process."