Mike Matheny was as hard-nosed as they come during his playing days. Years removed from his time behind the plate, the Cardinal’s skipper joined former catcher Bruce Bochy in denouncing home-plate concussions in today’s game. It marks a big switch for the former Gold-Glover who used to relish the opportunity to stand his ground at home plate. Following concussions that altered–and eventually ended– his big league career, Matheny sees no future for the collisions in the Major Leagues. He cited his children’s concussions as a contributing factor in his opinion and is one of the first wave of Major Leaguers sure to push for the removal of home plate collisions from the rule book. Derrick Goold quoted Matheny:
“I do believe that this game will get to the point where there will no longer be a collision at the plate,” Matheny said this morning at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla. “And I am 100 percent in support of that. … Can this game survive without that play? I say absolutely.”
Matheny provides an opinion that is well-respected and will certainly make an impact on the Major League stage. Buster Olney commented on Matheny’s opinions on Twitter below, reflecting the popular opinion around baseball. It is a switch that needs to happen.