A's Catcher Endorses Home-Plate Collisions

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PHOENIX (AP) - Oakland catcher Derek Norris said collisions at home plate are part of the game and he applauds the updated rule that still allows for them in major league baseball.

He still expects to be bowled over by runners hoping to score, just as long as it's clean.

Norris said he firmly believes that over 99 percent of big league players play fair at home plate and that the rule was intended to discourage the less than 1 percent of other runners from going after the catcher whether the ball is there or not.

The rule also clarifies that a catcher cannot block the plate without the ball, which Norris said made sense.

The new rule was adopted by MLB and the players' association on a one-year experimental basis.