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Is there any statistical data that conclusively shows whether a functioning brain is help or hindrance at catcher?
Mauer does fine as a catcher and should be left there as long as he can handle the position, in my opinion.
Bob Boone was a Stanford grad and he was pretty good. Darren Daulton believes the alien apocalypse is coming and he was also pretty good.
I don't know that catchers getting concussions is the norm, or just a risk.The only catcher I know of whose career was ended by post-concussion syndrome was Matheny.
To ban home-plate collisions, you'd have to come up with a solution to plate-blocking by catchers. It's not as much of a problem at other bases because a fielder blocking another base doesn't have shin guards, so he risks getting spiked if he puts a leg in front of the base.
Catchers have comprised 10 of the 18 Concussion DL visitors this year, including two trips by David Ross.
Ross' trips were caused by taking foul balls off the mask.
again, you do NOT NEED TO CHANGE THE RULES ON PLATE BLOCKING
At any other base besides home, if the fielder has the ball before the runner arrives, he's allowed to step in front of the base to apply the tag, as far as I'm aware. Obstruction is getting in the runner's way without the ball in your possession, as I understand it; if you have the ball you're allowed to come out and meet the runner, and he's not allowed to try to bowl you over and knock it out of your hands.
and bill lee was out for a while but did return and pitched for several years.
which play in post 35 are you believing is legal by the rules?
Maurer played HS QB, right? I'm sure he had his fair share of head knocks.
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