I think we are seeing a trend -- one that's been going on for a hundred years+. Home plate collisions are part of the game.
You should have seen Dave Parker go into Steve Yeager many years ago. Parker, who probably could have played linebacker in the NFL, hit the flat-footed Yeager straight on at full speed. Yeager held the ball ... and was out for two weeks.
A baseball fan has the digestive apparatus of a billy goat. He can, and does, devour any set of diamond statistics with insatiable appetite and then nuzzles hungrily for more. ~Arthur Daley