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04-30-2012 09:13 PM #1
Should Nick have plowed Kuroda at home plate?
I was harsh on Pie last year when he failed to take out Joba at home plate.
I am just as harsh on Markakis tonight. It doesn't matter whom is blocking the plate, if your chances of scoring are increased, you drop a shoulder and take him out.
It's not malicious if they put themselves in position to be hit, its just the way the game is played.
04-30-2012 09:16 PM #2
Kuroda was a few feet up the line, and Markakis should have smacked him.
04-30-2012 09:20 PM #3
I'm not interested in our players trying to protect the Yankees.
Take him out.
04-30-2012 09:21 PM #4
Neither he should have stayed at 3rd base.
04-30-2012 09:22 PM #5
Yup I wasn't thrilled he took off in the first place. But if you're gonna go, go all out and plow him over.
04-30-2012 09:23 PM #6
If you're going to run on a close play, you should make that close play hard to judge. You most definitely plow into the pitcher. Drop that shoulder and drive that glove into him. We're not in the business of being friends. A play at the plate is a play at the place...and he has the ball. Destroy him.
04-30-2012 09:23 PM #7Plus Members Since 9/11 All-Star
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I bet he would have dropped the ball if he did plow him.
04-30-2012 09:26 PM #8
I know it's an unpopular opinion, but I've never been a fan of the whole collision-at-the-plate business.
04-30-2012 09:39 PM #9
It's asking a lot of a pitcher to get to the plate, catch the ball, stop and get the glove down to make a tag, so I actually don't mind that he slid. He could have gotten a little wider to the inside, but it's a bang-bang play and you have a split second to make the decision. I wouldn't have minded if he took him out, either, though.
04-30-2012 09:40 PM #10
04-30-2012 09:40 PM #11Plus Member since June 2008 All-Star
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Not a pitcher, catcher is different.
04-30-2012 09:46 PM #12
This isn't flag baseball. Knock him down and score the run.
04-30-2012 09:46 PM #13Plus Member Since 1/13 Major Leagues
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I think he should have slid straight into Kuroda's feet. It's tough for the pitcher to catch the ball while his feet are being taken out from under him. I agree, with an earlier poster, Nick should not have slid head first into the plate in this situation. Feet first would have created more havoc. I'm not a huge fan of bowling over a defenseless pitcher. Upending him is a different story.
04-30-2012 10:00 PM #14
I'm honestly more worried about Nick getting banged up initiating severe contact. All it would take is a knee or a foot or an elbow hitting him in the wrong place in the abdomen or the shoulder or his elbow and he could end up on the DL unnecessarily. A catcher will get in the right position and the contact might not be as severe. Bowling over a pitcher is going to be more awkward and could lead to a bizarre injury for Nick as easily as for Kuroda.
04-30-2012 10:04 PM #15