LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Baseball's winter meetings have come, and are going, quietly. Not a lot of trading or signing has happened at Walt Disney World — mostly just talking. One exception was that MLB has moved to outlaw crashes at home plate between runners and catchers. And one guy who's not happy about it is Pete Rose, who was banned from the game himself in 1989 because he was found to have gambled on baseball while manager of the Cincinnati Reds.
Among other things, Rose is famous for bowling over catcher Ray Fosse in order to score the winning run at the All-Star Game in 1970. Fosse was injured on the play and his career was never the same afterward. The Associated Press found Rose on Wednesday to get his take on the death of the home-plate collision. He thinks the game has been sacrificed to a bunch of wimps:
''What are they going to do next, you can't break up a double play?'' Rose said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press after MLB announced its plan Wednesday.
''You're not allowed to pitch inside. The hitters wear more armor than the Humvees in Afghanistan. Now you're not allowed to try to be safe at home plate?'' Rose said. ''What's the game coming to? Evidently the guys making all these rules never played the game of baseball.''
Rose is a lot of fun to talk to, and he's certainly not the only one who feels that way, but he's a dinosaur on this issue. The amount of money being paid by the NFL to concussion victims in lawsuits alone is reason enough for baseball to act on this. MLB doesn't need to be more like football, either on the field or in court.
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