Debate has arisen on whether the injuries sustained by Buster Posey due to his collision with Scott Cousins this past weekend, should prompt Major League Baseball to change the rule on barrel rolling the catcher. You can argue either way, yes or no, but I can see the argument for both sides. I am going to analyze the argument for the 2 sides, and give my vote.
Yes: This is understandable, the risk for an injury to a catcher rises to a great extent when barrel rolling. Buster Posey is an exciting young player, along with plenty of other catchers in Major League Baseball. Safety of Players is #1 when it comes to play. As Nomar Garciaparra said "Buster Posey is a great young player, and an exciting player to watch, I don't want to see players like him getting hurt." I agree with Nomar, players should not have to be in the ER; however, that's a risk of being on the field everyday. The goal is to make that diving catch, leap into the crowd, dodge the broken bat. Injuries are becoming a commonplace more and more over the years in baseball, and preventing them has been a procedure highly observed over the past few seasons. This procedure needs to be updated by looking at this situation.
No: The game is changing too much. Too disallow barrel rolling in baseball, would take away an element of the game that has been around since the game began. Ty Cobb destroyed some catchers in his time, and there were never any complaints. What are you supposed to do if your out at the plate? Jump, and play pattycake? No. Barrel rolling has been a part of the Great American Pastime for as long as anyone can remember, and catchers have gotten destroyed in the past. Need we call Ray Fosse or Pat Borders? We've never complained or argued to this point in the past, why change it now?
My Opinion: As much as I don't want to see the great and exciting players of this game get hurt, I can't help but disagree with the proposal to change this rule. The game is changing too much. I'm all about preserving the historical elements of this game, with the exception of Instant Replay and Remodeling of Wrigley Field. Buster Posey is an amazing catcher, and having him potentially out for the rest of the year is a big blow to baseball, but think of all the other great catchers who have gotten knocked down. There is not one catcher in the Baseball Hall of Fame who didn't get barreled over and caused such an ordeal such as this one. We've never changed the rule before, no matter how many greats and big hits there have been. No reason to do so now...