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MLB: Russell Martin play should not have been violation of home-plate collision rule

Charles LeClaire / USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco slid into home plate as Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin attempted a force out Wednesday night in the third inning. Mesoraco was originally called out on the play but the ruling was overturned on an umpire review because of a violation of Rule 7.13, which was instituted to limit home plate collisions.


One day later, executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre released the following the statement regarding the play:

Martin didn't hide his feelings on the experimental rule after the game:

The new rule has been a lightning rod for controversy all season as managers, players and fans continue to seek clarification. 

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