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Possible home plate collision ban to affect more than just catchers

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(BaseballStL) — Nothing's official yet but the Cardinals are assuming Major League Baseball is going to pass a new rule at some point banning collisions at home plate. It's something that manager Mike Matheny has been pushing and advocating for quite some time now. 

It's also something All Star catcher Yadier Molina hopes goes into effect.

"The unfortunate spot of where we are is we don't know if there's going to be any change at all," Matheny said. "It's all been speculated and we're all hopeful that we'll get something different than we've seen in the past."

Certainly, a ban on collisions would save catchers from unnecessary contact that could harm their careers. They'll have get out of the way and tag runners instead of just standing there bracing for a collision. 

But it's also something position players are going to have to adjust to. They'll need to practice sliding into home to avoid a tag as opposed to going straight into the catcher with hopes of knocking the ball loose.

"If things are changed at all where the catchers just can't plant themselves in front of the plate there is a different dynamic of how we go into the plate so that will be something that we work on," Matheny said.

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