There was no time to post about Brett Gardner's contract extension until now, right after the new rule about home plate collisions was announced. A few words about both:
First, Gardner's extension. I agree with most people who say $13 million per year is too much money for a player whose best skills are getting on base and catching the ball. Notice that I didn't include stolen bases. I have long believed that, while Brett Gardner is a fast base runner, he is not a good base runner. All that being said, Gardner is a homegrown Yankee. He also isn't that much worse than Jacoby Ellsbury, who signed a far more lucrative contract this past off-season. So Gardner now has a chance to become a one-team player. Good luck to him.
Now, home plate collisions. Here is what the AP said on the matter, "In what both sides said was a one-year experiment, the rule allows collisions if the catcher has the ball and is blocking the runner’s direct path to home plate, and if the catcher goes into the base path to field a throw to the plate." So, in other words, collisions will still be allowed, but only on a limited basis. I'm glad. While I don't want to see anyone get hurt, tell me, what is baseball without home plate collisions? It has always been part of the game and always should be.
First game of the Spring today! Couldn't have come at a better time. Enjoy it, Yankees Universe.