03/01/2013 09:24 am ET

Banning Catcher Crashes

Former catcher and current St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is in the news for his opinion on catchers blocking home plate, and generally when an article begins with a sentence like "former player and current manager so-and-so is in the news for his opinion about an aspect of the sport he played and works in," it's because he wishes something about his current job was more like it was back in his day. Not so this time: On Tuesday he voiced his recent conversion to the idea that collisions at home plate, between runners trying to score and the catchers trying to stop them, should be banned.