Originally Posted by RedFanAlways1966
I don't care who pays him these days... I agree with what he said about that play and Scott Cousins. I have watched that play numerous times. Posey gave him a clear path to the plate and was positioned at the very front of the batters box when ready for the tag. Posey did start his positioning (about the time that the RF makes starts the throw) with his left leg blocking the baseline, but quickly moved out of the way as the throw was heading home.
Cousins has one thing on his mind (one thing at two different times). As he rounds third he is thinking about scoring. As he gets 1/2 way home he is thinking about bowling over the catcher. He has no idea where the plate is nor does he care. He cares only about destroying Posey first and then worries about touching home next. As a matter of fact he may have accidently touched home during the collision, but gets up and touches it again b/c he had no clue about touching home as he arrived there. Should I even bother mentioning forearms, elbows and a shoulder that were used to destroy another player who WAS NOT IN THE BASELINE.
Let the call stand and let the umpire call it safe or out. However, the league should take action to protect the players. You know... like having them wear batting helmets, protective cups, catchers equipment, etc. All cllisions should be reviewed after the game by the league. If malicious intent is determined, then you get a suspension and fine. Malicious intent? You may only make contact if the baseline is blocked. If a catcher is blatantly blocking the basebline, he s/b suspended/fined and the umpire should rule a runner safe if he determines the basepath was blocked.
I do not blame Scott Cousins. This is the game that these players have been taught. However, there is NO ROOM for physical contact like this in baseball. Regardless of the past. It is dangerous and has no place in basbeball.
I think this is where it gets clouded. If Posey catches it a 1/2 second earlier....he swivels his left leg into the baseline and the runner doesn't get close to touching home plate. Cousins has to be expecting that to be the action.....as it is core to catching technique.
Had he slid....he may have broken his own ankle.
This is the conundrum that's been created at home plate by allowing catchers to block the plate with their protective gear on.