Torre Agrees That Rizzo Broke Posey Rule

Apparently Joe Torre read what I wrote yesterday. Just kidding. I know very few people did. But nonetheless he agreed with me that Anthony Rizzo broke the Buster Posey rule that protects catchers on plays at home plate.

Torre, MLBs Chief Baseball Officer, let Rizzo off with a warning after sliding into Austin Hedges in front of home plate on a close play. While Torre told Rizzo he broke the rule he also said there would be no discipline… this time.

In a related story, Padres manager Andy Green said he would not instruct his pitchers to throw at Rizzo in retaliation for the slide. Green spoke very strongly about the slide and it was thought retaliation was inevitable. But when speaking to the media before Wednesday’s game Green said “For me, you assess risk and retaliation, and you wanted to put some trust in Major League Baseball to do some things at that point in time. The reality is, when you throw at a guy in retaliation, you’re not really protecting anybody. That’s a simple fact.” This effectively defuses what could have turned into a very ugly situation.

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