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Flowers says rule is good for game

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- While saying he never saw a need for a rules change, Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers said he is glad there now is clarity when it comes to a ban on home plate collisions.

After approving a rule this winter to ban violent impacts at home plate, Major League Baseball finalized the language Monday. Many teams had been in limbo as to what drills they should be using with their catchers this spring.

Flowers, at 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, was primarily concerned with making the changes official.

“I haven’t had too many experiences with it,” Flowers said of home plate collisions. “I think for baseball it’s tough to see some guys get hurt. Obviously Buster Posey) getting hurt on that play, that’s not good for anybody.

“That’s probably taking fans out of the seats. They’re coming to see him play and that team play. From that aspect and MLB’s aspect, it makes sense. For us slower base runners, it’s going to be a little different. Sometimes we have a chance to run them over and score, now we have to make sure we can make it home.”