Billy Beane doesn't like what happened to Buster Posey and wants to make sure his own catcher doesn't get creamed so he is forbidding his starting catcher to block the plate.
Over reaction? Plate collisions are a part of baseball. I think this is silly and if a few guys score this way, I see the rule getting tossed!Beane tells ESPN that he has implored catcher Kurt Suzuki to use a sweep tag at home plate and avoid planting his body in harm's way, wryly noting that there's maybe just a couple runs year worth sacrificing your body.
Said Beane to ESPN:
"I said to (Suzuki), 'I don't want you planting yourself in front of the plate waiting to get creamed. You're an athletic catcher -- be athletic.'"
"I don't subscribe to the theory," Beane says, "that you should be a crash-test dummy."