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But for some reason, a catcher is expected to plant himself in front of home plate, blocking access...

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But for some reason, a catcher is expected to plant himself in front of home plate, blocking access to the runner -- something which, by the way, is against the rules -- and the runner is expected to blast his way to home plate, in whatever manner possible. Both players are put at much greater risk than in any other play in the sport; it's like having a pile-driving contest in the middle of a tennis match.

MLB: Buster Posey got hurt on Wednesday, another case of a mental block in logic - ESPN