MLB notebook: Famous All-Star Game collision won't be repeated in Cincinnati
One of the most famous All-Star endings won't be repeated when the game returns to Cincinnati this summer.
Cincinnati's Pete Rose bowled over Cleveland's Ray Fosse to end the 1970 All-Star Game at Riverfront Stadium.
Fosse suffered a significant shoulder injury that curtailed his career.
Major League Baseball has tried to eliminate those home-plate collisions the last two years. All-Star catcher Joe Torre, who is MLB's chief baseball officer, watched the collision from the National League bench and thought the hit was clean, though devastating to Fosse's career.
“Being a catcher myself, I sort of knew the drill,” Torre said Thursday. “That's pretty much what you do. You try to defend your territory. Whether you had the ball or not, you try to keep the run from scoring. As it turned out, it was devastating.
“Obviously, going forward, we're trying to eliminate any repeat of that kind of stuff.”
The 1970 game was one of nine in Torre's playing career. As a catcher, he could empathize with Fosse as he tried to keep the winning run from scoring in the 12th inning.
“It was: ‘Ouch, I've been there,' ” he said. “The fact that we won the game was cool, but everybody — you went up and wanted to check on Ray and see if he was OK, and you could see he was pretty well dazed.
“It was a clean hit. Pete didn't go in spikes-first. He basically bowled him over.”
Torre said he believes MLB has made a lot of progress in protecting catchers the last few years.
Hamilton moves closer to return
Josh Hamilton is getting closer to the Rangers' home ballpark.
The Rangers said Hamilton will report to Double-A Frisco after the end of Triple-A Round Rock's homestand.
Frisco is a Dallas suburb that is only about 40 miles from the Rangers' ballpark.
Hamilton is expected to play Saturday and Sunday for the RoughRiders, then have Monday off before scheduled games Tuesday and Wednesday.
Wrist shelves Cardinals OF Jay
The Cardinals put outfielder Jon Jay on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left wrist.
St. Louis recalled outfielder/first baseman Xavier Scruggs from Triple-A Memphis to fill Jay's roster spot.
Jay had arthroscopic surgery on the wrist in October.
Red Sox RHP Masterson placed on DL
The Red Sox placed right-hander Justin Masterson on the 15-day disabled list and recalled left-handed reliever Robbie Ross Jr.
The Red Sox said the struggling Masterson has right-shoulder tendinitis.
In seven appearances this season, he is 2-2 with a 6.37 ERA.
He gave up six runs and six hits in 2 1⁄3 innings in a 9-2 loss to the Athletics on Tuesday.