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Monday, September 18, 2017

Run or slide into first base? Let’s ask Statcast

The dumbest play in baseball….OR IS IT????

Is sliding into first base faster than simply running through it? It’s a question that’s been kicked around baseball for years, with few satisfying answers. Of course, for most of those years, Statcastâ„¢ data weren’t available to apply to situations like this. Let’s use it now to dig into one of baseball’s longest-running discussions, and hopefully we can prove at least part of it.

Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: September 18, 2017 at 11:43 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. villageidiom Posted: September 19, 2017 at 09:40 AM (#5534231)
The proper way to slide into first base, if one is to do it, is to dive into first base. That is, the torso should come in contact with the dirt at roughly the same time as the hand touches the base. No friction to slow progress, but gaining full advantage of the extension of the body past the feet.

And really properly the dive should be just to the right of the base, so the torso doesn't collide with the base as one goes into the slide. Touch the base with the left hand, and slide past.
   2. Sunday silence Posted: September 19, 2017 at 09:48 AM (#5534238)
the last time this came up (a couple years ago with that guy with the videos who was teaching this) my conclusion was that it was indeed possible to get a few thousandths of a second faster with the dive (because you use your arms to extend which you cant when upright) but that was only if you're timing was perfect. Jump too late or too soon and it wont work.

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