MLB Reportedly Told Teams Anthony Rizzo's Home Plate Collision Violated Rules

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 21, 2017

San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges rolls on the ground still holding the ball after Hedges tagged out Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo during a collision at home during the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 19, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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Even though Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo wasn't disciplined by Major League Baseball for sliding into San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges on Monday, he did violate MLB's collision rule on the play.

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reported MLB told all 30 teams Tuesday that Rizzo violated the rule but opted against punishing him because it didn't believe he intended to hurt Hedges.

The play occurred in the bottom of the sixth inning with the Cubs trailing 2-1. Rizzo tagged up and attempted to score from third base on a fly ball off the bat of Kris Bryant to Padres center fielder Matt Szczur, whose throw beat the first baseman by plenty.

Rizzo appeared to barrel into Hedges instead of making an effort to reach the plate.

"It was a bad slide," Hedges said, per MLB.com's AJ Cassavell. "I clearly gave him the plate. He went out of his way and got me pretty good."

Hedges was removed from the game in the bottom of the seventh with a bruised right thigh.

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