HDWEB: Home plate and ball-on-crotch collisions

In today's HOW DARE WE ENJOY BASEBALL, we're happy that needless violence at the plate has been stopped while we hypocritically enjoy a little ball-on-balls violence. YES!

Good morning HDWEB'ers, it's February 25th and Ervin Santana still doesn't have a job. Here's everything you need to know.

If you have ideas or suggestions, send 'em my way at @justinbopp.

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  • Rule to limit home-plate collisions finally adopted - The new rule states runners attempting to score can no longer deviate from their direct pathway to the plate to initiate contact. In addition, catchers cannot block the pathway of the runner attempting to score unless they already have the ball. Remember why this is necessary, folks. (video NSFL -- you have been warned!):

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GLENDALE -- The long-presumed assumption that the Dodgers would have Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke start their opening two regular season games in Australia is becoming more and more in doubt with each passing day.

Manager Don Mattingly on Monday refused to name a starter for the March 22-23 games at Sydney Cricket Grounds. "We're not going there. We haven't announced a starter yet. We haven't been close to being clear with that yet," Mattingly said. "We have four guys getting ready for Australia."

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If the 2013 season was an example of an organization not learning from their mistakes, 2014 would appear to be the opposite.

There have been lessons learned in three ways: not handing out a monster contract to Cano (learned from the Rodriguez experience), handing out an extension to Gardner (learned from the Cano experience), and focusing more on the farm.

So it is possible that the days of the team's no extensions policy are behind them, and that they are refocusing their efforts on the farm system, and are taking chances and trying new ways to find value.

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1969336_10152033103233429_1385235575_nBillboard via the Tampa Bay Rays Facebook Page

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