By Tom Verducci
December 11, 2013
Engel Beltre (right) and Devin Mesoraco were just two of the players who in 2013 demonstrated how painful home plate collisions can be.
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As Bochy said, "It's time." The game is better without the home plate collision. Better still, the players are safer.

The last year somebody did it for a winning team was 2004, when Keith Foulke (Red Sox), John Smoltz (Braves) and Eric Gagne (Dodgers) all did so for playoff teams. From 2000-05 it was done 18 times and from 1982-93 it was done 53 times.

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