Here are a few more minor notes from the Winter Meetings…

  • The Rays did not select or lose any players in the Major League portion of today’s Rule 5 Draft.
  • Home plate collisions have been outlawed in Major League Baseball.
  • Fernando Rodney is looking for $10 million per year and a contract 2-3 years long. There has been speculation that the Mariners are interested. [Jon Heyman]
  • Marc Topkin says the Rays have “expressed interest” in Kevin Youkilis. [Marc Topkin]
  • Roberto Hernandez has agreed to a contract with the Phillies. [Jim Salisbury]
  • Former Rays outfielder Justin Ruggiano has been traded by the Marlins to the Cubs. [MLBTR]
  • JD Martin, the minor leaguer that was “really disappointed” with how the Rays handled him at the end of the season, has signed with a team in Korea. [Jon Morosi]
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  1. Rob says:

    I've been ridiculing Youklis's "I've gotta pee" batting stance for years. Not sure I can handle him being a Ray.

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  2. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    I'm still trying to figure out where I land on this "no collision" rule.
    What's everyone else thinking?

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    • Geoff Peterson says:

      I don't have a problem with home plate collisions if the catcher has the ball and is blocking the plate. If the catcher blocks the plate before possessing the ball, the runner should be automatically called safe and the runner free to wipe his ass out.

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  3. Dave L says:

    MLB is totally sketchy on the details. I heard two pronouncements A) they are getting rid of collisions, B) they are forcing the runner to slide and not barrel in i guess. Some speculated a feet first slide but thats unrealistic.

    In order to accomplish those they would have to order catchers to make a good faith effort to yeild a part of the plate open and not to block the runners direct path unless the travel of the incoming throw forces the catcher to cross into the runners path from third.

    They would have to outlaw the catcher from laying a shin guard down to block the plate at the very least. Or at least until after he has received the ball in which case they could automatically call the runner out if he achieves those two actions in succession before the advent of the slide like when the ball beats the hapless runner by a full stride or 2. Those are the collisions which really can be pretty much outlawed.

    Many players will hate this and like football players many would rather take their chances with a concussion at age 29 than a season ending/career threatening knee injury do to a slide.

    We all love the collisions because thats human nature but the coolest baserunning move is the headfirst slide well to the right of HP but close enough for the left hand to reach out and swipe the plate.

    Next year they will probably address collisions at 2nd, right?

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