Was this home-plate collision a cheap shot by Anthony Rizzo?

San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges tags out Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo during a collision at home on a throw from Matt Szczur during the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 19, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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.

Rizzo would defend himself in his postgame interview:

The crash in question is certainly not the level of old-school collisions, but did still result in Hedges departing early.

The two teams will be back at it again on Tuesday night.

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