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NEW YORK -- Rather than ban home plate collisions outright, Major League Baseball and its players adopted a rule limiting them t

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NEW YORK -- Rather than ban home plate collisions outright, Major League Baseball and its players adopted a rule limiting them this season. Harry Maguire Jersey . In what both sides said was a one-year experiment, the rule allows collisions if the catcher has the ball and is blocking the runners direct path to home plate, and if the catcher goes into the basepath to field a throw to the plate. "Its not a radical departure from what it had been," Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said. The new rule, 7.13, 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)." A runner violating the rule shall be declared out, even if the fielder drops the ball. "Its good, I think it takes away the malicious intent behind the play at the plate," Texas Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia said. "Obviously the runner doesnt always have to slide, and the catcher still has the ability to block the plate once he has the ball in hand." Along with the rule, the sides agreed to a pair of comments umpires use for interpretation. The first comment says "the failure by the runner to make an effort to touch the plate, the runners lowering of the shoulder, or the runners pushing through with his hands, elbows or arms, would support a determination that the runner deviated from the pathway in order to initiate contact with the catcher in violation." The comment says players who slide appropriately are not in violation of the rule. The second comment says that "unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner as he is attempting to score." The runner shall be declared safe if the catcher violates that provision. In addition, it is not a violation "if the catcher blocks the pathway of the runner in order to field a throw, and the umpire determines that the catcher could not have fielded the ball without blocking the pathway of the runner and that contact with the runner was unavoidable." "There are some things that often times can make the water a little muddy," union head Tony Clark said after meeting with the New York Yankees. "Over the course of the off-season, the concern was protecting players, but trying to draw up something that not only made sense on paper, but also was going to make sense to the players that were playing on the field." The umpire crew chief can use the new video-review system to determine whether the rule was violated. "It stops guys just going out of their way just to try to dislodge the baseball when they (catchers) have the plate," Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said. Debate over plate collisions has intensified since May 2011, when San Franciscos Buster Posey was injured as the Marlins Scott Cousins crashed into him at the plate. Posey, an All-Star catcher, sustained a broken bone in his lower left leg and three torn ligaments in his ankle, an injury that ended his season. In Game 5 of last years AL championship series, Detroit backstop Alex Avila was pulled a couple of innings after being run over at the plate by Bostons David Ross, a fellow catcher. "I think its fair. A runners path is to home plate," Oakland catcher Derek Norris said. "Any deviation and hes not trying to score, hes trying to harm. A runner going out of the basepath trying to break up a double play is declared out. This is the same concept as a double-play slide." Ashley Young England Jersey .com) - Carmelo Anthony tallied 31 points to help the New York Knicks continue their improved play of late with a 100-92 victory over a short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder squad. 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Peterson said, according to a transcript of a phone conversation the six-time Pro Bowl running back recorded with Troy Vincent, the leagues executive vice-president for football operations.Peterson called Vincent to try to get a firm idea of how many games he would be suspended, while Vincent tried to convince Peterson to meet with Goodell and other NFL executives to talk about his personal progress and expectations to move past past the situation.The transcripts of the phone calls, used in Petersons unsuccessful appeal of his suspension, were provided to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the case. The person provided the transcripts on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release them.The conversations took place after Peterson pleaded no contest in Texas to misdemeanour reckless assault for physically disciplining his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch, but before the NFL announced its punishment. Peterson received probation time, community service and a small fine as part of a deal that will remove the misdemeanour from his record if he completes the time requirements without incident.Peterson, the NFL Players Association and the league are at odds over what the conversations mean. An arbitrator, however, sided with Goodell and the NFL last week in saying that Vincent didnt promise any specific discipline and the NFL didnt retaliate against Peterson for not attending the meeting. Gary Cahill Jersey. .Vincent told Peterson he took Petersons suggestion of being suspended an additional two games to others in the NFL. He said they responded favourably if Peterson agreed to meet and get things on track so everyone could move forward.Theres different people, different motives, Vincent said. Weve got to get you back on this football field, get your family back together, restore your life. Once this thing is done there is no more going back.Peterson floated two other ideas for discipline toward Vincent during the conversation: Allowing his nine games missed to serve as his suspension while tying any future suspension to whether he violated his probation, or sitting out one more game while being fined his salary for an additional game.Vincent testified on Dec. 4 that he visited Peterson at his home in Texas because he felt the star running back needed some help, according to arbiter Harold Hendersons decision upholding the NFLs suspension.The conversations between Vincent and Peterson were informal. The 2012 NFL MVP at one point hinted he may retire: I have so many other options and stuff going through my head too. I was just thinking about hanging it up as well.Vincent responded by encouraging him: Youve gotta go to the grave empty. And God has given you so much talent and hes given you ability.___Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ap_robmaaddi .___AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '

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