San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges got well acclimated with Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo on Monday night.
The home-plate collision rule may have been instituted to protect the catcher, but it does still allow for contact. In this case, Padres manager Andy Green was not pleased with the outcome for his catcher, who was knocked out of the game after being railroaded.
Andy Green says Anthony Rizzo's slide was a 'cheap shot' pic.twitter.com/H1IEcqLRF4
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Rizzo would defend himself in his postgame interview:
Anthony Rizzo discusses his performance and the collision at the plate from the 3-2 win over the Padres.
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The crash in question is certainly not the level of old-school collisions, but did still result in Hedges departing early.
— Billy Krumb (@ClubhouseCancer) June 20, 2017
The two teams will be back at it again on Tuesday night.