Originally written on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 10/30/14
A scary scene unfolded in Game 1 of the Class AA Eastern League playoffs between the Erie Seawolves and the Harrisburg Senators on Wednesday. The incident occurred when Seawolves infielder Brandon Douglas violently collided with Senators catcher Brian Jeroloman on a play at home plate. As you can see, both players appeared to be shaken up, and Jeroloman was so much so that he wound up in a nearby hospital. He remained hospitalized as of Thursday night. You aren't likely to see too many collisions like this one on the baseball diamond. Via For the Win
19 Comments:
  • wow, and the runner seems unconcerned....what an a**
  • The runner was too woozy to seem concerned. You can see that he was also down to the left of the plate.
  • Are you kidding, the runner clearly turned his back just before impact indicating he intended a collision. He wasn't stunned enough to crawl around and touch home afterwards. What a jerk. Baseball needs an unsportsman like conduct penalty just like other sports.
  • That's the way the game is played, Ask ANY CATCHER, they expect those collisions. If they didn't want them, then DON'T crowd the plate. They completely block the plate, full well knowing the runner is coming in at full speed. Every time players are interviewed, THEY say it's part of the game that they participate in WILLINGLY. Each knows what the other goes through, and how do you know if that player wasn't the first person in the hospital room after the game? There are protocols to how players from each team can interact during a game. But getting mad at a play that each player fully participated in and contributed to, placing the blame on one person when both share the blame, is ridiculous, and any player will say that. Catchers and runners both feel they have a right to the plate, and they do. That is just the way it has always been played. And how the players respond, you don't know, you aren't there.
  • Solution - change the rule - no blocking the plate.
  • The catcher completely blocked the plate -- the runner has ever right to try to get to it. Catchers knowingly set themselves up for these collisions, and admit so. They share the blame. Why do you blame the runner when the catcher can stop using his body as a wall?
  • Not true--the catcher had his left foot on home plate, his right foot is well up the first base line, his body is well to the first base side as well.
  • I won't deny it when I was a catcher I used to completely block the plate on plays like this. Occassionally someone might get a foot around but seldom why because I took the plate away. It was a good play, both will learn what not to do next time as these plays are painful usually and the catcher will get lower to where he doesn't get knocked dizzy and will hang on to the ball the next time. It's part of the game.
  • that was chickenshit! he could've slid and been safe without diving into the catcher...friggin punk move!
  • Why is everyone jumping on the runner. The runner did his job - As a catcher I'd rather brace for a runner coming in with shoulder than a runner sticking his cleat in the side of my leg. Being on both ends of this play I won most but lost the ball once. When I won I was bragging in the dug out when I lost the ball the runner was celebrating in the dug out. It's part of the game.
  • Brandon Douglas' home plate attempt extended well beyond the plate, he should have slid anyway unless he intended harm. He should be removed from baseball or be made the bat boy. Bad idea, he'd probably try to hit someone with the bat - bad egg is a bad egg.
  • Catchers and position players, when interviewed, have no problem with how they play the game, including plate collisions. Plate collisions happen when the catcher uses his body like a wall to completely block a base that a runner has 100% right to touch. Catchers KNOW that they are creating this circumstance, and they know what will happen when they do. They accept full responsibility, and it's only the media and "fans" who get bent out of shape. Players like the way the game is played, and if the catchers don't, they have two options: stop blocking the plate, or stop being a catcher. Runners need to touch that base. If there is no option of going around him, which they DO calculate in their minds, there is NOTHING else they can do but to try to push the Catcher to the ground to get at the base. This is baseball, this is how baseball has been played for over 100 years. If you don't like it, then petition the Commissioner for the Catchers to stop blocking the plate, because you can't petition anyone to stop making runners score, THAT is the purpose of playing the game, to score runs. I have yet to hear any catcher, in almost 50 years of being a baseball fan and historian, complain about collisions, except to complain about the stink everyone else makes about them.
  • @kellelaine We all understand this sport, I'm assuming, hence us reading the article. We understand the catcher is blocking the plate and the runner can touch him. We get that, we're not arguing it's validity in the sport. But you HAVE TO ADMIT the runner at 3rd was going into this play thinking, "****, I'm gonna be out my only option is to clobber this guy." He went in trying to plow him over, not in any way trying to slide in safely. Perhaps he should have tried sliding and trying to beat the tag rather than put his shoulder pads on and put his head down. You shouldn't have to put a grown man in the hospital to win a game. This isn't football. Collisions happen in baseball, sure. But they don't happen like this if it's being played correctly.
  • Those that say the catcher is blocking the plate are not too bright, or blind. The catcher is clearly set in front of the plate, with one foot on the plate. The runner had plenty of plate to touch,or to slide room.
    Those of you that say plate collisions are part of the game are behind the times,or again, not too bright. Sometime ago, management of one team (was it Oakland A's?) told their catchers..."We do not pay you to be crash test dummies". Since then, catchers across the country have taken a different approach. They do NOT block 100% of the plate.
    My opinion of the play??? A real cheap shot, taken by a punk player. Be interesting to see how his career moves. He may have just blown his chance at the Show, with that cheap, dirty play, which appears to given the catcher a serious injury.
  • That was an idiotic play by the runner.
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