FILE - In this May 25, 2011 file photo, Florida Marlins' Scott Cousins, top, collides with San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) on a fly ball from Emilio Bonifacio during the 12th inning of a baseball game in San Francisco. Cousins was safe for the go ahead run. A new rule, 7.13, was adopted by MLB and the players' association on a one-year experimental basis, the sides said Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. The umpire crew chief can use the new video-review system to determine whether the rule was violated. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
PORT CHARLOTTE — Ryan Hanigan and Jose Molina agree that the adjustments they’ll have make to comply with the MLB’s new home plate collisions rule are small ones. The Tampa Bay Rays catchers also agree, though, that those small adjustments represent a big change in the way game will be played.
The new rule, which prohibits baserunners from colliding with the catcher and catchers from blocking the plate without the ball, will force Hanigan and Molina to alter — at least slightly — the mechanics of both their defense at the plate and how they act on the basepaths.
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