Pablo Sandoval destroys catcher in the Mexican League, which apparently doesn’t have a Buster Posey Rule
In 2014, Major League Baseball introduced Rule 7.13, changing the game forever. Also known as the “Buster Posey Rule”, it prevents runners from moving out of a direct line to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher. The rule also prevents catchers from blocking the plate from runners, unless they already had possession of the baseball.
Basically, the “Buster Posey Rule” prevents players from trucking the catcher. Here’s the play that started the for the youngins’ that read The Liberty Line.
The Buster Posey Rule
Now that we’re all caught up with a brief MLB rule history lesson, let’s take a look at why I’m bringing that up now, years after the the rule change was made.
Pablo Sandoval, also known as Kung Fu Panda is currently playing baseball in the Mexican League and provided everyone with the perfect example (again) as to why the MLB home-plate collision rule exists in the first place.
Pablo Sandoval Destroys Catcher in the Mexican League
Side Note: Pablo Sandoval was actually a member of that San Francisco Giants team and watched Buster Posey get completely destroyed at home plate. He literally had a front row seat as to why that rule was created.
But hey, apparently that rule does not apply in the Mexican League?
Imagine getting truck-sticked by a 5’10”, 268 pound Pablo Sandoval.
The throw really didn’t arrive yet and it looks like Sandoval could have slid and have been safe regardless. I don’t think it was malicious, I just think Sandoval is too big and couldn’t stop himself from lowering that shoulder and going right into the catcher’s head.
He didn’t seem to care regardless, only taking a few seconds to check out the chaos that he started before walking back to the dugout.
I know a lot of people don’t like the Buster Posey Rule because it made the game of baseball “too soft” and I would have to agree. A play at the plate and a collision between the runner and catcher was a staple of the game growing up, but those days are long gone. I totally get we have to look out for the safety of players, but there’s no denying how fun it was to watch as a fan.
Luckily, we always have the Mexican League.