The rules don’t ban collisions at the plate, they ban any attempt by a player to “deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher...or otherwise initiate an avoidable collision.” (Rule 7.13, check it.) An addendum says that if the catcher “blocks the pathway of the runner,” the play is legal. Rizzo pretty clearly didn’t deviate from his path here, so the question is then one of whether Hedges was blocking him. Rizzo, naturally, says it was legal:

Hedges, for his part, was a bit more diplomatic:


Either way—hopefully something we don’t have to see continued tomorrow via juvenile punitive measures.