MARYVALE, AZ (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Milwaukee Brewers' catcher Jonathan Lucroy says he needs clarification about the new rule against hard collisions at the plate by runners trying to score.
Major League Baseball and its players union have agreed to follow the new rule on an experimental basis this season. In general, runners who leave a direct line to the plate in order to make contact with a catcher will be out -- even if the ball drops out of the catcher's glove when the hit is made.
Conversely, catchers cannot block the plate unless they have the ball -- and if they block the plate without the ball, the runners would be called safe. Lucroy said he thought catchers are not supposed to block the plate any time a runner is coming down -- and he thought runners are supposed to have a lane like they do when sliding into second-or-third.
Baseball officials said they would hand out materials about the new rule this spring, and more meetings will be held to get all the players straight. Meanwhile, the Brewers have a three-inning inter-squad game today, two days before exhibition games begin.