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sliding into first base is stupid, sliding headfirst is stupider, and injuries like this (to say nothing of accidentally getting stomped on) are the primary reason why
(note: I don't know who the Phillies announcers are yet. Where are Sarge and Chris "Generic Announcer" Wheeler?)
Rangers lost him for quite a while on a similar play early in 2011
Didn't Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs join the Phillies TV team? Are they not doing color? Or did they just join to sit at a desk on a pre game /post game show or something? I could swear I hold them in the booth doing a ST game though...
Unless you need to duck a tag or something
If I were a manager I would ban my players from sliding into 1B. I really don't see the point. The studies are conflicting as to whether it's an advantage or not. Unless you need to duck a tag or something, I see no point to it at all.
Many players say sliding headfirst simply feels like the most effective approach. Some say it's faster, some say it makes it easier to avoid a tag, and some say it's the surest way not to slide past the base. Whatever the reason, the headfirst slide has become so routine that in an age when some players are criticized as overpaid and indifferent, it has come to represent the gritty, hard-nosed style fans like.
Even the coaches and managers who preach against it accept it as part of the culture. Few teach the headfirst slide and many explicitly discourage it. But knowing they have little control over their players' sliding habits, they are reluctant to dwell on the issue. "You hold your breath every time it happens," Yankees manager Joe Torre said, "but I don't think you can do a whole lot about it."
Even when it comes to sliding headfirst into first base, a practice many see as both pointless and dangerous, coaches and managers have largely stopped trying to change their players' ways. Last year, Mets manager Bobby Valentine was widely criticized because several players, notably Roberto Alomar and Rey Ordoñez, frequently slid headfirst into first base. But Valentine, who was fired after the season, said managers cannot control their players' every decision.
"Every team of the 30 teams will stress during spring training that sliding headfirst into home plate, for instance, is absolutely taboo," Valentine said. "And I'll guarantee you all 30 teams will have more than one guy slide into home plate headfirst during the season."
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