The Cause Of Injuries In Baseball

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People are often overly focused on injuries in football that they forget injuries in other sports for example baseball. Baseball for the most part is considered a non-contact sport and therefore people overlook the amount of injuries that occur. There are three major injuries which have been a cause for concern for baseball in America, the amount of Tommy John surgeries for pitchers, the neighborhood play, and protecting the catcher.
With the increase participation in single sport specialization, young athletes are participating in baseball all year with no rest period. With no rest period pitchers are throwing the ball hard all year, which is resulting in more Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction (UCL) surgeries being performed. The surgery
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One spot where contact as always, been allowed in baseball is regarding the neighborhood play at second base. The neighborhood play is an unwritten rule that protects whoever is covering second base for a potential double play. It allows players to not actually touch the bag when they have the ball, but to just be in the neighborhood to protect them from a slide from the runner. While this unwritten rule is important we continue to see a number of slides that take out and injury the defender.
The neighborhood play is an unwritten rule in baseball that is used to protect middle infielders from injury by allowing them to be slightly off the bag when they have the ball to allow the base to protect them from a potential take out slide from the runner.
"If, in the judgment of the umpire, a base runner willfully and deliberately interferes with a batted ball or a fielder in the act of fielding a batted ball with the obvious intent to break up a double play, the ball is dead. The umpire shall call the runner out for interference and also call out the batter-runner because of the action of his teammate. In no event may bases be run or runs scored because of such action by a runner." (MLB,
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(Morosi, 24) After that play MLB and the MLB Player’s Association began discussion on creating a rule to protect catchers. The rule was adopted and implemented for the 2013 season. Rule 7.13 also referred to as the Buster Posey rule states:
A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate), or otherwise initiate an avoidable collision. If, in the judgment of the umpire, a runner attempting to score initiates contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate) in such a manner, the umpire shall declare the runner out (regardless of whether the player covering home plate maintains possession of the ball). In such circumstances, the umpire shall call the ball dead, and all other base runners shall return to the last base touched at the time of the collision. If the runner slides into the plate in an appropriate manner, he shall not be adjudged to have violated Rule 6.01. (MLB,

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