Nowadays players can't do much, it seems, except go down and try not to even touch the fielder at the bag lest their team gets penalized with a double play. On opening week, 2 games were decided in the ninth inning on plays that were far from dangerous and nowhere near dirty.
The new rule stems from a dirty slide in the postseason that injured a player. Now, I get wanting to improve player safety, but come on. Has the front office lost all common sense? The two plays that cost teams games were for a player sticking a hand out to disrupt a throw and the other was for a player's feet extending beyond the bag, which is now somehow illegal. One of the managers on a penalized team commented that he guessed they should start wearing dresses on the field. It was said in the heat of the moment, but you have to wonder.
When I played intramural ball in college we played much rougher than what is now allowed in the Major Leagues. That's backwards. The game used to be rough, and that's how it should be. Not dirty. But rough. A dirty play should be dealt with accordingly. And it used to be that that kind of nonsense was handled in house with players taking retribution themselves. Policing the game. Now, everything is so sensitive and PC. There are also some other initials I could use here.
Things are too soft. And don't even get me started on the silly rule changes with football. Players are going to get hurt playing ball. Real life is not a video game. I guess most people have trouble discerning that fact. People are not robots.
Humans! Play ball!