Earlier this month Jonathan Lucroy got absolutely blasted by Jake Marisinik at home plate. There was quite a bit of controversy with this particular play but without going into all that again I want to talk about a few things you can do to stay safe with plays at the plate.
The very first thing you should do is leave your mask on! This is one of many reasons why I don't like two piece masks. If Lucroy had been wearing the hockey style mask and kept it on for a play at the plate, it could have helped save his face. I'm not saying it's going to magically fix everything, but having a mask on is one advantage a catcher can have in these situations. Not only can it protect your face from bone heads who can't see where the sliding lane is, it can also protect you from bad hops when you're trying to quickly make a tag at the plate.
Better safe than sorry, as they say.
The other thing we need to do is create a lane for the runner to slide. Just like Lucroy did in the video. If you are standing on top of the plate or are up the baseline, in the middle of the base path you're probably going to get run over. While creating a lane for the runner to slide obviously won't keep you safe 100% of the time, with the help of smarter base runners you should be okay.
The main takeaway from this should be to wear the hockey style mask and keep it on for plays at the plate.
Safety first out there!