SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Buster Posey took a close look at the new home-plate collision guidelines released by Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association, and it turned out that was just a refresher course for the catcher.

The MVP catcher said he was one of many players to help MLBPA executive director Tony Clark iron out the details of the new rule this offseason, and Posey was pleased with the end result.

"What I take away from it is that it eliminated malicious collisions, which is a good thing," Posey said Tuesday morning. "My main thing is for everybody to be comfortable with it. Not everybody will be comfortable with something when it's changed. So my main thing was that catchers and runners were protected."

There's one aspect of Rule 7.13, however, that Posey himself is uncomfortable with. He doesn't want this to be The Buster Posey rule, although the national media is at odds with that desire. A Fox Sports column Monday night made Posey the face of the rule change and ESPN went live from Scottsdale Stadium on Tuesday morning, with Posey answering questions about collisions.

Posey has talked several times about his desire to let others take the lead, but has acknowledged that "people will connect me to it regardless."

The new rule is meant to eliminate the kind of collision that Posey was at the center of in 2011, when a hit from Scott Cousins left him with a fractured leg and torn ankle ligaments. Rule 7.13 states that runners cannot deviate from the path to the plate in order to initiate contact with a catcher, and catchers cannot block the pathway of a runner unless the catcher is in possession of the ball.


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The Giants already teach their catchers to avoid collisions, and in a strange twist, Tuesday's intrasquad game ended in a scoreless tie when Roger Kieschnick was thrown out at the plate on Chris Dominguez's double to right-center. Catcher Jeff Arnold put down a perfect swipe tag.

"It's ironic," manager Bruce Bochy said. "But we executed it perfectly."

Bochy said he would address the rule changes in a team meeting Wednesday.

  • Angel Pagan will join Posey and Marco Scutaro on the sideline in Wednesday's exhibition opener. Pagan missed a day with back tightness this week and the coaching staff wants to be cautious. Posey is getting a rest day, but the remaining starters are expected in the lineup.