Originally Posted by RedsManRick
Put me in the camp that says position players should not be allowed to obstruct the bag, period, with or without the ball. That goes for catchers just the same as it does infielders who drop a knee. Baseball is not, nor should be, a contact sport. Blocking the bag simply demands the runner to induce contact -- contact nobody is prepared for.
I say if a runner is not given a clear path, he should be safe automatically. And if a runner initiates contact despite having a clear path, he's should be out automatically. That would eliminate so many injuries at home plate and when turning the double play. I know those events are currently part of the, but I don't think they're necessary nor add value on balance.
We should have all players wear dresses, and if they get them dirty, they are kicked out if the game.