Dec 10, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny talks with reporters during the MLB Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Image Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Winter Meetings Wednesday Recap: Baseball moves to end Home Plate Collisions

We are closer to the end of an era for collisions at home plate after Major League Baseball announced their intention to eliminate collisions on Wednesday.


Helping to make the pitch were two former catchers-turned-managers: Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants and Mike Matheny of the St. Louis Cardinals. Matheny was forced to retire due to a concussion.

It now goes to the players union and owners for approval.

General manager John Mozeliak had comments of his own on the matter.

“Obviously we have Yadier Molina, who is probably the most elite player at that position,” general manager John Mozeliak said. “We feel like we (should) do everything we can to keep him on the field. It does seem a little odd that everywhere else that plays the game of baseball you cannot do it. And yet at the professional level, you can. From our perspective we would like to see that rule change.”

During the Winter Meetings, Matheny opened up on the signing of Jhonny Peralta and the acquisition of Peter Bourjos.

At his fireside chat with St. Louis media, Mo announced that the Cardinals will expand their scouting into international markets.

The Cardinals signed Angel Castro to a major league contract. Formerly with the Dodgers, Castro has all three of his options remaining.

The Cardinals named Kolten Wong as the player of the year while Zach Petrick was named as the pitcher of the year. prior to his big league call-up, Wong hit .303 with 10 home runs and 45 RBIs in 107 games in Memphis. Petrick was 7-. with a 1.99 ERA at three different levels, ending up with Springfield by the end of the season.

Derrick Goold looks at retired numbers for the Cardinals. It will be interesting to see what they decide to do with Joe Torre, who has now been elected to the Hall of Fame as a manager but played for the Cardinals during his career. Obviously, his best success came with the New York Yankees.

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