61 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report
108– Number of days until Opening Day
It's Friday the 13th in the Hot Stove and we'll put a bow on the week that was the Winter Meetings! It was a great week that saw trades, free agent signings, and major decisions going forward on how the game will be played. It's been a very compelling week for all baseball fans across the country and the best part is that there is still alot of the Hot Stove season left. There are big name free agents to be signed and trades will be made. A lot is left, but let's take a look at what took place on Day 4 of the Winter Meetings in Orlando.
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62 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report
109– Number of days until Opening Day
Day Three of the Winter Meetings on Wednesday saw action really picked up in Orlando. Free agents were signed, trades were made and major decisions going forward on how the game will be played were made as collisions at home plate are gone from the game. Major League Baseball Rules Committee voted to eliminate collisions at home plate starting in 2014. The exact language of the rule and the way it is going to be enforced is still being developed. Wednesday was such a historic day in the game because collisions have been such a huge part of the game and in alot of ways it's been glorified. You think about that great play in the division series between the Florida Marlins and the San Francisco Giants in 2003 when the game ended when J.T. Snow and Ivan Rodriguez collided at the plate. Plays like that will no longer happen, but Major League Baseball had no choice because they had to prioritize player safety and not just the concussions, but the long-term health of players. Quality of life needed to be addressed. They could not wait for a player to be paralyzed before making a rule change. How this new rule will be implemented is the big question and we'll have to wait and see how they do it. What we do know is a catcher cannot block the plate and the runner cannot go after the catcher to knock the ball loose.
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