Joe Girardi worries anti-collision rule actually causes injuries

Baseball’s rule preventing baserunners from slamming into the catcher is https://www.diamondbacksedges.com/arizona-diamondbacks/paul-goldschmidt-jersey theoretically supposed to prevent injuries at home plate, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi thinks it may be having exactly the opposite effect.Infielder Gleyber Torres, the top prospect in the Yankees organization, suffered a season-ending injury Saturday whilesliding headfirst into home in Triple-A Scranton’s game in Buffalo. He’s scheduled to have surgeryWednesday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left (non-throwing) arm.While Torres isexpected to be ready for spring training, Girardi says the way in which he was injured shows the unintended consequences of baseball’s anti-collision rule.”It just seems like players are forgetting how to slide today,” Girardi told reporters Tuesday (via ESPN).”I think slides have become a lot more creative at home plate because catchers don’t block the plate, and now I’m starting to rethink the rule, thinking the baserunners are the ones really at risk here because you see more guys slide in headfirst than ever before.”They see a corner of the bag. They think can manipulate their body to score the run. And every time I see a guy slide headfirst, I cringe, just because you worry about the hands, you worry about the shoulders.”Ironically, Torres Patrick Corbin Jersey ‘ injury sliding headfirst came the same day theCincinnati Reds unveiled a Great American Ball Park statuedepicting Pete Rose in his iconicheadfirst slide. Girardi is clearly not a fan of that type of slide, and the Yankees aren’t the only team dealing with a slide-related injury; reigning Jarrod Dyson Jersey AL MVP Mike Trout is on the DL after tearing a thumb ligament sliding headfirst in a game May 28.”The only thing that would work is if baseball came out and said headfirst was illegal,” Girardi said, “because you’re asking someone to take the competitivene s out of them that helped them to get to that point, and that’s not going to happen.”

Joe Girardi worries anti-collision rule actually causes injuries

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