This was write in the San Jose Mercury News:
"You've got to give the runner an avenue to the plate," Beane said in a phone interview Tuesday. "A guy of Kurt's size, to plant himself in front of the plate is not a good idea. Kurt's a good athlete, and he needs to use that athleticism instead of becoming a human wall."
I would add to this that there is no many of any size who can be a human wall to someone who is barrelling down to the plate at full speed and launching with his shoulder. This is particularly true of a 200 lb weight like Scott Cousins crashing at a speed above 15 miles per hour and at a point focused between Buster Posey's head and shoulder. People are told to wear seatbelts due to injuries resulting from crashes involving less momentum. Somehow we expect an unprotected catcher to protect the plate. It is an antiquated idea and something that should be acted on by the league. However, in a vacuum of leadership, individuals are required to insist upon those changes. Billy Beane is insisting on change within his own organization.
That is impressive. I hope Andy MacPhail recognizes this and directs the organizations to teach Matt Wieters how to protect himself while catching.