Came across this at Tulsaworld.com:
Bench’s comments on plays at the plate and the injury to Buster Posey are very interesting:
Were you surprised that there was such an outcry about home-plate collisions after San Francisco Giants star catcher Buster Posey’s season-ending leg and ankle injury last week?
Buster was a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award (as the top collegiate catcher in 2008) and is a great kid – I called him after the World Series last year. When I heard about the injury, I was anxious to see how this happened. Buster put himself in such a bad position. First of all, my catchers don’t sit in front of home plate. They stand away from home plate and work back to the plate. But we (catchers) are just fair game. You’ve got a guy running around third base at 210 to 220 pounds with 3 percent body fat and with sprinter’s speed. I teach my kids to stay away from the plate when you don’t have the ball so the runner actually sees home plate and his thought is, slide. But Buster is laying in front of home plate, and it’s like having a disabled car in the middle of a four-lane highway. You’re just going to get smacked. Show them the plate. You can always catch the ball and step, or step and catch the ball, as long as you’ve got the runner on the ground. And if you have the runner on the ground, there’s less chance of any severe collision.
Check the article out, it’s worth a read.