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There’s been a lot of talk about home plate collisions in Major League Baseball over the last several years. Ever since the great Buster Posey broke his leg in an awkward run-in with Scott Cousins at the start of the 2011 season, a growing number of people have come forward to insist that the play must be eliminated from the game—for the good of the catcher and the teams who pay their salaries and count on their production.
Of couse, one of the main responses to this trend holds that eliminating collisions would take all the excitement out of plays at the plate. But while it’s certainly true that the elimination of the home plate collision would take some excitement out of plays at the plate, if you think it would get rid of all the excitement, you just lack imagination.
Just look at this play from a high school baseball game in Sacramento, California. There are no home plate collisions in high school ball, but that didn’t stop a kid named Sean Nicholson of Franklin High from making a play at the plate exciting. During a recent playoff game against Davis High School, Nicholson was running into what looked like a sure out and home plate, so he used his creativity and his athleticism to hurdle the catcher.
Yeah, it’s as awesome as it sounds. Take a look:
I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind seeing more of this in MLB. Maybe eliminating home plate collisions wouldn’t be so terrible.