February 25, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Tom Gage

Tigers' Alex Avila happy with baseball's new rule on plate collisions

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Lakeland, Fla. — Alex Avila likes the new collision protection at the plate that Major League Baseball has turned into a rule.

“It’s not too involved, not too detailed,” the Tigers catcher said Tuesday before the annual exhibition game against Florida Southern College. “The runner can still do what he can to score, and the catcher can still do whatever he can to prevent it.

“What it’s eliminating is the play where there’s an unnecessary collision; where the catcher is in front of the plate waiting for the ball and the runner ends up hitting him to make sure he doesn’t catch it.

“That’s the dangerous one.

“But I like what they’ve done,” continued Avila, “because I didn’t want the plate to be turned into just any old base.”

And with collisions still possible, it won’t be.

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Boston's David Ross runs over Detroit catcher Alex Avila in Game 5 of the ALCS last October. / Ronald Martinez / Getty Images
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