The rumors were put to rest Feb. 24, 2014 when the Major League Baseball Association enacted the official home plate collision rule. According to Paul Hagen from MLB.com, “the rule is intended to increase player safety by eliminating ‘egregious’ collisions at home plate.” So, runners cannot run out of the baseline to initiate contact with the catcher while heading home. The catcher may not block the pathway of the runner attempting to score unless he has possession of the ball. This puts all the pressure on the umpire for the call at the plate. Vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre added that “MLB has the right to issue supplemental discipline in the form of fines or suspensions for flagrant acts.”
Several St. Bonaventure baseball players commented on their thoughts regarding this new rule. Bonnie’s second baseman Tom Styn states, “this rule gets rid of the thrill. Although there’s been some injuries from collisions, it’s not often enough to change one of the most exciting plays in baseball.” Continue reading
On May 29,1995, Derek Jeter began his 19-season MLB career with the New York Yankees. During this year, the Philadelphia Phillies went 69-75. The team finished third in the NL East division. Jim Fregosi was the Phillies’ manager at the time. The start of this season was seriously questioned due to all the injuries and meltdowns that happened in the previous season. Kyle Abbott, Toby Borland, Ricky Bottalico and Andy Carter were four players on the team’s roster. Kyle Abbott was one of their best pitchers.
– Laura Camera
The Philadelphia Phillies’ spring training began with a rocky start. Neither the weather nor the technology were on the Phillies’ side for their first game against the Yankees, according to Paul Hagen from mlb.com. A new expanded instant replay system was added in Bright House Field. The system’s reliability was tested at the game and didn’t quite give the performance everyone was hoping for. After an hour-and-half delay due to a storm, John Mayberry was up to bat for Philadelphia in the bottom of the seventh inning. He got a hit and tried for a triple. Yankees’ shortstop Yangervis Solarte threw to his third baseman making the play very close. The umpire called Mayberry out at third. According to Hagen, the Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg went onto the field immediately to challenge the call. At the same moment this play was challenged, a power surge struck the television screen used for replays. The lights in the stadium flickered on and off, and there was no recollection of Mayberry sliding into third base. The Phillies’ frustration came to a head when the call went as the umpire said because there was no proof to say otherwise. “The Phillies plan to use the same system when the season starts” said Hagen. But, there will be a back-up plan to avoid something like that happening again. The coaches and umpires will have phones/walkie-talkies to communicate as well. In the regular season, all replays are viewed by the MLB. Therefore, the will be no confusion on the field like they experienced at this game.
The Philadelphia Phillies are expecting to “reload” this season. Last year, the Phillies had a record of 73-89. The team finished fourth in the NL East. Their most standout players were Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels and Jimmy Rollins. These four players will all be returning this season.
During the Phillies’ offseason, they made a two-year, $16 million deal for Marlon Byrd. Also, general manager Ruben Amaro re-signed veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz. Another player re-signed is 35-year-old Utley. This took some people by surprise because of his age. He missed a huge chunk of last season due to a chronic condition in his knees.
A weakness in the Phillies has been hitting. Featured columnist for bleacherreport.com, Alec Snyder, predicts that Ben Revere and Utley will lead off in the batting order. They have been strong hitters in past years.
The Philadelphia Phillies are in Clearwater, Fla., for spring training once again. The Phillies have been training in Clearwater since 1948. In 2002, Clearwater and the Phillies broke ground constructing a new stadium. The team has practiced at the new “Bright House Field” ever since. The stadium holds a capacity of 8,500 people. There are group picnic areas, party suites and Club seats in the ballpark. There is also a kids play area and expansive team store.
Clearwater has a population of 108,732 people. There are many hotspots and recommended restaurants in the city. Wave Night Club and Backyard Tiki bar are some of the most popular. Britt’s Island Grill is another, along with Yacht Starship dinner cruise. Some attractions Clearwater has are a Super Boat Festival and Pier 60 Park. The park has free family events that feature artisans, crafters, street performers and musical entertainment every night.