LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Baseball officials are up front about this: They want to ban home-plate collisions to guard their investments.
Minnesota’s Joe Mauer, a three-time batting champion, is less than halfway through a $184 million, eight-year contract. He was limited 75 games at catcher this year in a concussion-shortened season.
Buster Posey, another batting champ, has a $167 million, nine-year deal. San Francisco wants to ensure that he doesn’t have another horrific injury like the one that ended his 2011 season.