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#41 tobi0040

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 04:55 PM

Morneau's slide would still be legal under the new rule. He went straight into second base. He surely started his slide a bit later than he could have, and clearly wanted to disrupt the second baseman, but he did not alter his path and slid right into the base and it looks to me like he could clearly stay in contact. The second baseman was held up by the throw, but this is a fair and good slide even by the new and improved rule. It goes to show you that when you purposely behave to make contact in a not contact sport and stretch the "spirit of the game" intentions, that instant karma can get you when you least expect it.

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I think you could make the case that Justin would have slid 5 feet past the bag had he not hit the fielder. therefore he intentionally tried making contact.

If we get a couple fewer brain diseases, broken limbs, etc a year I am not sure what the downside is here.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 05:12 PM

I could care less that he could still touch the bag

even though the new rule---a written rule, by the way----speaks specifically to the runners ability to touch the bag. :)

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 05:25 PM

Ok so what happens if the runner doesn't over-slide the bag only because he used the 2B he intentionally took out as a backboard to slow his momentum?

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 05:26 PM

 

even though the new rule---a written rule, by the way----speaks specifically to the runners ability to touch the bag. :)

 

But that's only part of it.  It's not like the rule says "as long as you can touch the bag anything goes".  The rule expects runners to touch the bag along with several other things to be a legal slide.

 

So yeah, I could care less if he can touch the bag if his intent is still to maim an infielder.  The mentality has to change.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 05:53 PM

But that's only part of it.  It's not like the rule says "as long as you can touch the bag anything goes".  The rule expects runners to touch the bag along with several other things to be a legal slide.
 
So yeah, I could care less if he can touch the bag if his intent is still to maim an infielder.  The mentality has to change.

But the intent is not to maim the infielder, so no.
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Posted 26 February 2016 - 05:54 PM

And in that case, the runner wouldn't be trying to initiate contact with the fielder, and it would be OK.
 
You might as well argue that throwing at a right-handed batter's head is OK too, because a pitcher might throw the same pitch as a pitchout against a left-handed batter.

No.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 06:03 PM

Ok so what happens if the runner doesn't over-slide the bag only because he used the 2B he intentionally took out as a backboard to slow his momentum?


The ump hopefully can differentiate between that and a normal slide and calls the DP. I don't think it is hard to do that and I have not umped 1,000's of games
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Posted 26 February 2016 - 06:16 PM

Look at it this way. The 4-6-3 double play has evolved into something like a ballet. The throw is coming from the direction of first base to second, where the shortstop sweeps past the bag, catching the throw and transferring, and returning the throw to first in one motion, the runner hitting the dirt during the performance. The play is moving fast. Both the fielder and the runner have the same objective: second base. In order to get the throw to first as quickly as possible, the shortstop takes liberties with tagging the second base bag. The runner will usually lose the race to the second base, and is looking for his own advantage.

Here is my test..imagine there is no double play situation, no shortstop, no other player on the field except the base runner sliding into second. Does the slide look legit? In the case of Coughlan sliding into Kang, I would say yes, it was a good slide.
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Posted 26 February 2016 - 07:28 PM

 

But the intent is not to maim the infielder, so no.

 

Yes, it was.  What guy, on his own, slides like that?  Is that how you were taught?

 

Freeze your video at 56 seconds or 1:14 or 1:16 or 1:18 or after where he lands on his back and tell me that slide is legit.  

 

If you truly think that's a legit slide I'm not sure what to say.  He's CLEARLY sticking his right leg out to maim Kang and break up the double play.  The same inane, non-sensical thing so many guys are taught to do because it's gritty or tough or some other nonsense.

 

All that slide accomplishes in a vacuum is hurting someone.  And that's exactly the outcome that happened.


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Posted 26 February 2016 - 08:58 PM

Look at it this way. The 4-6-3 double play has evolved into something like a ballet. The throw is coming from the direction of first base to second, where the shortstop sweeps past the bag, catching the throw and transferring, and returning the throw to first in one motion, the runner hitting the dirt during the performance. The play is moving fast. Both the fielder and the runner have the same objective: second base. In order to get the throw to first as quickly as possible, the shortstop takes liberties with tagging the second base bag. The runner will usually lose the race to the second base, and is looking for his own advantage.

Here is my test..imagine there is no double play situation, no shortstop, no other player on the field except the base runner sliding into second. Does the slide look legit? In the case of Coughlan sliding into Kang, I would say yes, it was a good slide.


The fastest way from point A to B is a straight line. That slide slowed his momentum to the bag and priority was given to swinging his feet six feet to the right of the bag. Not in any way something you would see in any other situation on a force play.

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Posted 27 February 2016 - 05:13 AM

I think that there has been a lot less neighborhood plays then we, as fans, think there are. One thing I've loved about replay in baseball is seeing how quickly those guys turn the plays, and do, for the briefest of moments, tag the bag as they shuffle by. Awesome.

 

I am fine with the take out slide going away, I think we'll see a LOT of replays on double plays to see if fielder was on the bag with the ball.

 

I especially like the 30 second rule for the mound visits.

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Posted 27 February 2016 - 09:36 AM

Look at it this way. The 4-6-3 double play has evolved into something like a ballet. The throw is coming from the direction of first base to second, where the shortstop sweeps past the bag, catching the throw and transferring, and returning the throw to first in one motion, the runner hitting the dirt during the performance. The play is moving fast. Both the fielder and the runner have the same objective: second base. In order to get the throw to first as quickly as possible, the shortstop takes liberties with tagging the second base bag. The runner will usually lose the race to the second base, and is looking for his own advantage.
Here is my test..imagine there is no double play situation, no shortstop, no other player on the field except the base runner sliding into second. Does the slide look legit? In the case of Coughlan sliding into Kang, I would say yes, it was a good slide.


If its not a DP situation, he doesn't slide that way, because his goal would be to get to the bag as quickly as possible, and stay on the bag.

And they've also eliminated the SS "taking liberties." No more neighborhood play. A force play has to be a force play, just like every other force play. Also a good thing.

Look, I'm old school. I want the game played hard, I want pitchers pitching inside, I want hitters knocked off the plate. And I want my base runners sliding hard into second base in DP situations.

What I want eliminated is base runners sliding into fielders, on purpose, when the fielder isn't in the path to the bag. Don't slide late, don't jump into his legs, don't roll block. Don't alter your path to initiate contact.

Simple. Slide hard, into the bag. That's a runner's right. If the fielder is in your way, knock his arse down. But slide into the bag, so the fielder can avoid you, if he so chooses.
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Posted 27 February 2016 - 09:52 AM

Everyone relax.Let's see how the rule plays out before deciding what's going to happen. 

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Posted 27 February 2016 - 10:04 AM

 

Simple. Slide hard, into the bag. That's a runner's right. If the fielder is in your way, knock his arse down.

I like the game played that way too. But as I mentioned, according to the rule I posted above if the runner has been forced out it's not his right to interfere with the fielder in any way. I can see this inconsistency in the rules leading to disputations.


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Posted 27 February 2016 - 11:50 AM

One thing I've loved about replay in baseball is seeing how quickly those guys turn the plays, and do, for the briefest of moments, tag the bag as they shuffle by. Awesome.


Yes. And hopefully the new rule encourages players to put more emphasis on achieving that perfection, instead of just avoiding injury.

#56 tobi0040

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Posted 27 February 2016 - 03:22 PM

I am fine with pitchers brushing hitters off the plate. In the NL.

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Posted 27 February 2016 - 03:31 PM

At some point "tough" became synonymous with dirty and cowardly in baseball.

I'm all for toughness, but baseball left that behind years ago. Now it's just phony nonsense.
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Posted 28 February 2016 - 12:13 PM

 

I think that there has been a lot less neighborhood plays then we, as fans, think there are. One thing I've loved about replay in baseball is seeing how quickly those guys turn the plays, and do, for the briefest of moments, tag the bag as they shuffle by. Awesome.

I agree. Most of the guys who can stick around at the top are amazing to watch. 


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Posted 28 February 2016 - 12:17 PM

I agree with these other rule changes, too. 

 

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Posted 28 February 2016 - 12:26 PM

I agree with these other rule changes, too.


Yes, those are destined to transform the game. :)
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