Japanese baseball’s Rules Committee agreed Friday to use the same rule regarding tag plays at home plate.

The body, which is made up of representatives of amateur and professional baseball, agreed that both sides would enforce a new rule that will prohibit runners from slamming into catchers to dislodge balls, while enforcing for the first time the standard rule that prohibited catchers from obstructing home plate without the ball.

Major League Baseball began clarifying the existing rule (7.08) in 2014 in order to reduce collisions at home plate

Nippon Professional Baseball will now figure out how to manage the new interpretation.

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