Col­li­sions at home plate on league agenda

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OR­LANDO, FLA. | Ma­jor League Base­ball ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent Joe Torre says mo­men­tum is gain­ing to­ward tak­ing ac­tion that would help pre­vent col­li­sions at home plate.

Speak­ing Tues­day af­ter a meet­ing of big league gen­eral man­agers, Torre said a writ­ten pro­posal will be de­vel­oped that will be dis­cussed at the win­ter meet­ings next month.

Torre said it was too early to de­ter­mine ex­actly what the pro­posal would be and that it wasn’t clear whether a rules change could be made for the 2014 sea­son.

Dis­cus­sion to limit or ban col­li­sions has in­ten­si­fied since San Fran­cisco catcher Buster Posey was in­jured in 2011.

In other news, MLB is con­fi­dent play­ers and um­pires will agree to ex­panded re­play for the 2014 sea­son. Torre said Tues­day he ex­pects deals to be in place by Jan­uary.

Vir­tu­ally all um­pires’ calls other than balls and strikes, and foul tips will be re­view­able. It’s not yet clear whether um­pires will be the ones re­view­ing the video at a cen­tral in­stal­la­tion.

Own­ers are ex­pected to give their go-ahead Thurs­day for fund­ing the ex­panded re­play. Base­ball started us­ing video re­view in 2008 but lim­ited it to home run calls.

Fran­cona got 16 of 30 first-place votes, with Bos­ton Red Sox skip­per John Far­rell get­ting 12 and Bob Melvin of the Oakland A’s the fi­nal two.

It is the first Man­ager of the Year honor for Hur­dle and Fran­cona. Hur­dle’s high­est fin­ish had been third in 2007, when he led the Colorado Rock­ies to the World Se­ries, and Fran­cona had never fin­ished bet­ter than fourth. Nova. Hiroki Kuroda has not an­nounced if he will re­turn next sea­son.

Other needs in­clude the left side of the in­field, where short­stop Derek Jeter is com­ing off an in­jury-marred sea­son due to a bro­ken an­kle. Third base­man Alex Rodriguez is ap­peal­ing a 211-game sus­pen­sion. Cash­man ex­pects Jeter will be healthy for the start of next sea­son.

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