Something that used to be routine in baseball resurfaced Sunday night: a collision at home plate. And people on Twitter were hot about it.
Dodgers infielder Max Muncy and Braves catcher Travis d’Arnaud were the principles. Muncy slid into d’Arnaud while trying to score from second base on a two-out single by Will Smith in the third inning of NLCS Game 7.
Before MLB installed safety rules to protect catchers, that play would have been expected. Now, it leaves people agitated and asking questions: Was Muncy’s slide dirty or did d’Arnaud illegally block Muncy’s path with his knee?
For a visual, watch Muncy’s right spike clip d’Arnaud’s left shin guard as d’Arnaud leans into Muncy’s path to catch Cristian Pache’s throw from center field.
Per a reading of MLB rule 6.01(i), neither player was in the wrong, and neither team challenged the play.
Still, Twitter had its say:
Max Muncy better wear one on the hip before the night is over.
— Jeff (@JeffDonahoo_) October 19, 2020
Why don’t the Doyers EVER get called I their dirtbag plays? Imagine if Manny pulled a Muncy like that at the plate.
— So Many Slammmmms (@liddyloree) October 19, 2020
Catcher wasn’t even in front of the plate. Muncy slid from back to front and hit him and it looked a bit like that’s what he was trying to do
— Allen (@AllenSchow) October 19, 2020
His left knee was in the base path or it wouldn’t have gotten hit. Muncy was directly in the middle of it. I’m not a Dodger fan, but that’s 100% legal. D’Arnaud took a risk setting himself up that way, he was hoping to catch and tag.
— Nick Papageorgio (@mrpapageorg1o) October 19, 2020
I absolutely hate Max Muncy, but the slide was clean he was going straight for the plate
— TatisJrSuperFan (@HornyTatisJr) October 19, 2020
Max Muncy’s slide was dirty af. The only difference between now & 15 years ago is the rules acknowledge it was dirty. Just slide at the plate wtf?
— Human Baymax MScN, RN, CPN (@BaseballMurse7) October 19, 2020
Yup. Clean play and it was Muncy’s lane 👍🏼
— Netchuc Arts✊🏽 (@omsports42) October 19, 2020