Collisions at home plate on league agenda
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.