Benches Clear After Big Collision At Home Plate

Rex Christensen
June 15, 2018

With two outs in the third inning, Enrique Hernandez singled to right field and Kemp tried score from second this afternoon.

Kemp, who was clearly beaten, barreled through catcher Robinson Chirinos trying to jar the ball loose, but to no avail.

Chirinos' helmet flew off as he got knocked over and Kemp fell, too.

Matt Kemp attempted to run through Robinson Chirinos before the Dodgers-Rangers game descended to chaos.

Kemp then shoved Chirinos more rigorously, and the benches emptied.

Chirinos responded by shoving his glove in Kemp's face as Rangers starter Cole Hamels ran over to restrain Kemp.

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Kemp and Chirinos were ejected once the dust settled.

Kemp later told the Los Angeles Times that he "thought it was a clean play". That rule prohibits a runner from "deviating from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher", including lowering his shoulder or pushing through with his hands.

'He was blocking the plate.

The rule is that unless a catcher is in the act of fielding the ball, he has to give a path to home. The Dodgers and the Rangers went at it.

Kemp was ruled out with no catcher interference, and both players were ejected from the game.

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