Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Friday, May 09, 2014

The Base: Approach at Your Own Risk (ESPN)

Obscure Pavement lyric here…

[bq]It’s called baseball for a reason. The concept of a safe haven for voyagers on their way home provides the subtext for every game, and when we look out upon the field, we think we see the same three comforting, white, 15-inch-by-15-inch squares that our ancestors did. “Pillows,” they used to be called. “Bags,” they still are.

Bases.

Even the Major League Baseball Rule Book makes them sound inviting:

1.06 First, second and third bases shall be marked by white canvas bags, securely attached to the ground ... The bags shall be 15 inches square, not less than three nor more than five inches thick, and filled with soft material.

Hello, sweetheart, get me rewrite. The base is not a canvas bag filled with soft material. It is a hard rubber shell around more rubber, and it has very little give. It is so securely anchored to the ground that it would take a bulldozer to move it. Painted regularly for aesthetics, it is so slippery that players feel the need to put dirt on it. The base is high enough to trip up runners—and bear a team logo on the side that is visible from the upper deck. It is crowned in such a way that an occupant is liable to feel as if he or she is standing on a boat.[/bq]

[bq]Equally unforgiving are the critics, both casual and seasoned, who attach sole blame on this rash of injuries to the headfirst-happy players themselves. Asked about the propensity of his own dynamic rookie George Springer to launch himself, Astros manager Bo Porter said, “I don’t like headfirst sliding. It just exposes too much of your body. You can get fingers, hands [hurt]. We tell them [not to] all the time.”[/bq]

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 09, 2014 at 02:35 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: equipment, injuries, safety

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
BarrysLazyBoy
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 16 October 2017: Sorry, Yankee fans: Trump’s claim that he can ensure victory simply isn’t true
(1908 - 3:18pm, Oct 22)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogAstros' Justin Verlander named ALCS MVP after two dominant starts vs. Yankees
(26 - 3:10pm, Oct 22)
Last: bunyon

NewsblogAngell: Bringing the Yankees Home?
(11 - 2:31pm, Oct 22)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogDusty Baker Will Not Be Back as Manager
(85 - 2:29pm, Oct 22)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogOT - October 2017 College Football thread
(88 - 2:13pm, Oct 22)
Last: don't ask 57i66135; he wants to hang them all

NewsblogPetriello: Bregman's split-second call preserves shutout
(7 - 2:05pm, Oct 22)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-20-2017
(21 - 1:55pm, Oct 22)
Last: esseff

Sox TherapyQuestioning the Winter
(17 - 1:47pm, Oct 22)
Last: Bad Fish

NewsblogOT: Winter Soccer Thread
(35 - 12:56pm, Oct 22)
Last: Nose army. Beef diaper? (CoB)

NewsblogOT - NBA 2017-2018 Tip-off Thread
(451 - 12:26pm, Oct 22)
Last: don't ask 57i66135; he wants to hang them all

NewsblogCubs Fire Bosio
(3 - 11:55am, Oct 22)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

NewsblogALCS Game 7 OMNICHATTER, for October 21, 2017
(248 - 11:48am, Oct 22)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogAstros beat Yankees to force Game 7 in ALCS | MLB.com
(21 - 9:41am, Oct 22)
Last: MNB

NewsblogDeadspin: Please Enjoy(?) 21 Years Of Joe Buck Hyping Forgotten Fox Shows
(20 - 2:25am, Oct 22)
Last: Meatwad in mourning

NewsblogALCS Game 6 OMNICHATTER, for October 20, 2017
(154 - 12:56am, Oct 22)
Last: Dr. Vaux

Page rendered in 0.1792 seconds
45 querie(s) executed