Craig Biggio expressed sympathy for the injury Ruben Tejada suffered on a controversial takeout slide by Chase Utley in the NLDS, but added that he hopes Major League Baseball doesn't respond by enacting new rules to protect middle infielders.
Rules were changed to protect catchers after Buster Posey's horrific injury in 2011. Tejada suffered a broken leg Saturday night in the collision with Utley.
Biggio played four seasons as a catcher in Houston before moving to second base, where he made six All-Star teams and amassed the bulk of his 3,060 career hits.
"I just hope the game doesn't change the way they did with the home-plate thing. I hate this thing back here," he said. "I'm not a big fan of it. This game is played by big men. They're fast, and unfortunately sometimes things are going to happen.
"It's like every time somebody gets hurt, we're changing the rules. They do it in college, where you have to slide straight into the base. I think that's absolutely, 100 percent correct, because you have a bunch of amateur players who are playing a little kamikaze at times. You have to control those guys. Guys in the minor leagues and the big leagues understand the way you're supposed to slide. If you don't slide the right way, usually your pitcher will take care of that."