Sports Legacy Institute’s Chris Nowinski discusses MLB's new home-plate collision rule

Major League Baseball has adopted a new rule, a rule that will protect catchers from collisions at home plate. I can’t say that I’m against it. Presumably, most people will say that running the catcher is a part of the game. Now don’t get me wrong I completely understand that, but you have to take into consideration the safety of the players and what’s at stake. Major...
Via The GM's Perspective
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB bans home plate collisions, players react

It was a foregone conclusion that Major League Baseball was going to implement a rule to reduce the violence of collisions at home plate, and that they did on Monday.  It’s being called an “experimental rule”, which means that it’s not official yet, but if successful, will likely be adopted.  Highlights of the experimental rule 7.13 (according to Paul Hagen of MLB.com)...
Via Reading Between The Seams
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Safety at the Plate

By Joe Tevelowitz, AngelsWin.com ColumnistAs MLB Rules Committee announced that new rules eliminating home plate collisions would be introduced for the 2014 season, and before the rule itself is written, it was expected for traditionalists to be up-in-arms over a change to what some deem such a fundamental part of the game.  Images of collisions of the plate highlight many...
Via Angelswin
December 21, 2013  |  Discuss

The final days of Ryan Freel

On December 22, 2012, former Cincinnati Reds infielder and outfielder Ryan Freel committed suicide. This week, his family released news that he’d been suffering with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a concussion-related disease more commonly associated with football players. On the anniversary, Brett Popplewell at SportsNet writes about Freel’s tragic life and his sad final...
Via Red Hot Mama
December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan Freel's CTE diagnosis shows why MLB must take greater measures against concussions

It was surely a coincidence that Ryan Freel's family found out that he suffered from a degenerative brain disease on the same day that MLB announced that home plate collisions were no longer allowed in the game beginning next season. But the timing may have been serendipitous.  There isn't a direct connection between the two, at least as far as we know. But of the 10 concussions...
Via The Outside Corner
December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Late baseball player Ryan Freel suffered from CTE

Former baseball player Ryan Freel, who played for the Kansas City Royals, was announced to have suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he committed suicide in December 2012. Between 2001 to 2009, Freel played for five different major league teams, including the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cincinnati Reds. He retired on May 17th, 2010 while playing for Somerset Patriots...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan Freel Found to Have CTE, Spreading Concussion, Head Trauma Concerns to Baseball, Other Non-Collision Sports

While concussion and neurology experts have long emphasized that destructive head trauma can happen in any sport, football and hockey have taken most of the headlines during the recent upswing in awareness about the long-term effects of head hits in sports. That may not change anytime soon, considering the disproportionate amount of possible cases in collision sports compared to...
Via NESN.com
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan Freel had CTE at time of suicide

A lot of attention has been paid this year to the issue of concussions in football -- so much so that it's easy to overlook the impact of brain injuries in other sports. Sunday will mark one year since Ryan Freel committed suicide. The eight-year Major League veteran was known for his all-out style of play, his willingness to crash into walls to make a play and an eccentric personality...
Via The Outside Corner
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

I want to be a Macho man

I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while, but real life got in the way (no complaints here, I like real life).  This actually has a lot to do with real life, however, so maybe a bit of perspective wasn’t a bad thing after all. You may have heard that as soon as they iron out the kinks and the MLBPA approves it, Major League Baseball is about to ban catcher collisions...
Via World Series Dreaming
December 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Ryan Freel was diagnosed with CTE year before suicide

As the sports and medical community begin to learn more about the toll that head contact and physical play take on the human body over time, the Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville.com) Justin Barney is reporting that former Cincinnati Reds IF/OF Ryan Freel suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) just before he took his own life a year ago this month.  Freel’s brain...
Via Reading Between The Seams
December 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Findings conclude Ryan Freel was suffering from degenerative brain disease at time of death

The family of the late Ryan Freel announced that the former Major League Baseball player was suffering from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he committed suicide in December 2012. The family made the announcement during a mass on Sunday paying tribute to the Jacksonville native.According to a report on Jacksonville.com, Freel's mother and...
Via Redlegs Review
December 15, 2013  |  Discuss
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