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Why slide into first?

Post by sabrjay on Thu Apr 10, 2014 4:11 pm

Josh Hamilton is not out 4-6 weeks because he slid into 1B and tore a ligament in his thumb. Repeated studies have shown that it is much faster to run through the base than slide. No good can come of sliding into first, but lots of bad things, like this can happen that wouldn't happen if he had just run through the base. So why do these player insist upon doing it?

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Re: Why slide into first?

Post by pariah1107 on Thu Apr 10, 2014 4:58 pm

I was at that game, Opening Day at Safeco Tuesday. There were two head first slides into first, one by Josh Hamilton (he was out, and broke his thumb), and another by Michael Saunders (he was safe, but ate dirt and suffered a black eye). A third head first slide, into second, by Kyle Seager was sketchy but more understandable (he slid wide to avoid the tag).

Maybe MLB should adopt Little League rules and ban the slide into first base. I like hustle, but would rather see them bust it down the line than have premier players go down because of idiotic decisions.

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