Major League Baseball gets it wrong on suspending Astros’ Marisnick for collision

HOUSTON TEXAS- JULY 07 Jake Marisnick #6 of the Houston Astros collides with catcher Jonathan Lucroy #20 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as he attempts to score in the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park

Lucroy suffered a concussion and a fractured nose in the collision, according to the team.

"I've seen a lot of takes on it, and obviously everybody has their own opinion", Marisnick said before the AL West-leading Astros played their first game after the break.

Unless he appeals the decision, Marisnick's suspension will start Thursday, when the Astros take on the Rangers.

Lucroy was carted off the field last Sunday after the collision at the end of the eighth inning of a game at Houston the Astros won 11-10 in 10 innings.

After thoroughly reviewing the play from all angles, I have concluded that Jake's actions warrant discipline.

Marisnick said he was remorseful after the game. And I watched the play again and it looks ... he just drops right in front of me and once I kind of made a decision it was too late.

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Following the collision, Marisnick said that he didn't intentionally try to injure Lucroy.

The umpires determined that Marisnick veered out of the baseline and lowered his shoulder to make contact with Lucroy.

MLB Rule 6.01 (i) concerning home plate collisions states, "A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher...or otherwise initiate an unavoidable collision".

Many have called for Marisnick to be punished for the hit, including Angels skipper Brad Ausmus and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. It looked like Marisnick took a step to the left and bowled into him with his arm up.

"I don't fault Jake because he wasn't hunting him, he wasn't going after him", said Astros Manager A.J. Hinch, also a former major league catcher. "It's hard in that one to three-foot circle where you're trying to figure out, going in full speed, what's going to happen".

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