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Joe Torre says idea of banning all home plate collisions became unrealistic

  • Joe Torre, executive vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball, speaks during a media availability after a meeting about the new instant replay rules with team management from the Houston Astros, the Washington Nationals, the Atlanta Braves, and the Detroit Tigers, at the spring training facility for the Houston Astros, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Joe Torre, executive vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball, speaks during a media availability after a meeting about the new instant replay rules with team management from the Houston Astros, the Washington Nationals, the Atlanta Braves, and the Detroit Tigers, at the spring training facility for the Houston Astros, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Joe Torre, left, executive vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball, and others arrive for a meeting about the new instant replay rules, at the spring training facility for the Houston Astros, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Joe Torre, left, executive vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball, and others arrive for a meeting about the new instant replay rules, at the spring training facility for the Houston Astros, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

Joe Torre says Major League Baseball's playing rules committee leaned toward banning all home plate collisions but concluded it would be unrealistic because contact between catchers and baserunners is sometimes unavoidable.

Torre, MLB's executive vice president for baseball operations, spoke Tuesday at San Diego's spring training facility before meeting with representatives from eight clubs training in Arizona. Torre was there to answer questions and address concerns regarding the new collision rule, which was announced Monday, and expanded instant replay for umpirest replay.

Torre said when it came to the rule on home plate collisions he had to "put the uniform back on" because there is never a perfect play at the plate and throws can make contact unavoidable.

MLB could not have implemented the rule this year without approval from the players' association.