Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez is a budding star who should be considered the most valuable catcher in the league. With such value coming from their young catcher, who notoriously and quickly wreck their bodies in the big leagues, how will the Royals be affected by the upcoming rule changes regarding collisions at home plate?
With that grisly Buster Posey injury fresh on everyone’s minds, Major League Baseball decided to reduce collisions at home plate. The MLB Player’s Association agreed to put the new regulations into effect next season, giving teams time to prepare for this fundamental change. Regardless of its method or time frame of enactment, this change is a positive for KC.
Salvador already missed too much time from suffering too many concussions in last season’s work, alone. In fact, this won’t be the only hot topic in Spring Training that regards Perez and the avoidance of further head injury in 2014.
Ned Yost told local media yesterday that the team was looking for an old-school, iron-barred style of mask for Perez to use this season, declaring to reporters that modern-day hockey-style masks weren’t cutting it. He also stated that he never got a single concussion while wearing the old, iron-barred catcher’s masks (read: his teams never acknowledged that he had one).
Whether or not a reversion in technology will help Perez avoid further noggin damage remains to be seen. I just know KC should be willing to try anything to keep him as healthy as possible. You won’t hear Royals personnel scoff at an attempt to do so, and you won’t hear them complain about the aforementioned rule change any time soon.