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Offline caps17

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Injuries by the bases
« Topic Start: May 28, 2018, 08:04:00 PM »
Bryce took that terrible fall on first base.  A couple years before he jammed his finger diving into third.  Zim also injured a finger and missed time diving back into second.  Now Acuna of the Braves is injured after running past first base.  QUESTION: why are the bases so high in MLB?  Why can't they be flat like in kids leagues or at least less high than they are know?

Offline mitlen

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Re: Injuries by the bases
« Reply #1: May 28, 2018, 08:06:55 PM »
Bryce took that terrible fall on first base.  A couple years before he jammed his finger diving into third.  Zim also injured a finger and missed time diving back into second.  Now Acuna of the Braves is injured after running past first base.  QUESTION: why are the bases so high in MLB?  Why can't they be flat like in kids leagues or at least less high than they are know?

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Online bluestreak

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Re: Injuries by the bases
« Reply #2: May 28, 2018, 08:31:12 PM »
Mike Trout tore a ligament in his thumb last year on a base.

Offline Count Walewski

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Re: Injuries by the bases
« Reply #3: May 28, 2018, 10:34:22 PM »
Isn't home plate flat?

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Re: Injuries by the bases
« Reply #4: May 28, 2018, 11:14:52 PM »
Due to double plays, 2nd base needs to be easy for the umps to see

Offline UMDNats

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Re: Injuries by the bases
« Reply #5: May 28, 2018, 11:22:52 PM »
the best way to avoid injuries in baseball is to not play baseball imo

Offline catocony

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Re: Injuries by the bases
« Reply #6: May 29, 2018, 02:40:03 AM »
Sliding through home isn't a problem.  You touch the plate, you're safe and have scored a run, even if you slide five feet past it.  You slide past 2nd or 3rd and you'll probably be tagged out. 

Offline Elvir Ovcina

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Re: Injuries by the bases
« Reply #7: May 29, 2018, 09:16:29 AM »
Bryce took that terrible fall on first base.  A couple years before he jammed his finger diving into third.  Zim also injured a finger and missed time diving back into second.  Now Acuna of the Braves is injured after running past first base.  QUESTION: why are the bases so high in MLB?  Why can't they be flat like in kids leagues or at least less high than they are know?

A base that's flat or near-flat would lead to a ton more injuries as guys slip on it while stretching to get there or crack the ankles of a fielder as they slide right over the thing, plus people would slide past bases and get tagged out routinely or fielders would miss throws while looking down for bases they can't feel with their feet (like happens a lot in kids' leagues).  Home plate only works as flat because nobody needs to turn or stop on it. 

The solution to injuries caused by bases is to not slide too late and don't mess around when it's wet.  Acuna's injury had nothing to do with the base; he got hurt turning afterwards to try to do the umpire's job for him.


Offline NatsAllThe Way

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Re: Injuries by the bases
« Reply #8: May 29, 2018, 09:30:00 AM »
A base that's flat or near-flat would lead to a ton more injuries as guys slip on it while stretching to get there or crack the ankles of a fielder as they slide right over the thing, plus people would slide past bases and get tagged out routinely or fielders would miss throws while looking down for bases they can't feel with their feet (like happens a lot in kids' leagues).  Home plate only works as flat because nobody needs to turn or stop on it. 

The solution to injuries caused by bases is to not slide too late and don't mess around when it's wet.  Acuna's injury had nothing to do with the base; he got hurt turning afterwards to try to do the umpire's job for him.



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Offline HattoriHanzo

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Re: Injuries by the bases
« Reply #9: May 29, 2018, 10:18:15 AM »
Bryce took that terrible fall on first base.  A couple years before he jammed his finger diving into third.  Zim also injured a finger and missed time diving back into second.  Now Acuna of the Braves is injured after running past first base.  QUESTION: why are the bases so high in MLB?  Why can't they be flat like in kids leagues or at least less high than they are know?

The same hollywood bases are used in youth leagues (12 and over), high school, and college. They also pop off the bottom bracket with enough force. Old tie down flat bases do not move at all and do not provide a good push off when rounding the bases.

Offline RichMinSC

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Re: Injuries by the bases
« Reply #10: May 29, 2018, 05:03:33 PM »
Bryce took that terrible fall on first base.  A couple years before he jammed his finger diving into third.  Zim also injured a finger and missed time diving back into second.  Now Acuna of the Braves is injured after running past first base.  QUESTION: why are the bases so high in MLB?  Why can't they be flat like in kids leagues or at least less high than they are know?

i think the base issue is a big deal. Acuna is teh latest coup;e that with 2 stupid rules the 1B "run box that the base is NOT in and the millisecond off the base microscopic tag ... all more importanthan if a game goes 2 hours 45 minutes as opposed 2 hours 30 minutes

Offline catocony

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Re: Injuries by the bases
« Reply #11: May 29, 2018, 05:32:45 PM »
One issue is the use of plastic spikes.  They will slide off the base more than metal ones. 

Offline welch

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Re: Injuries by the bases
« Reply #12: May 30, 2018, 05:16:05 PM »
One issue is the use of plastic spikes.  They will slide off the base more than metal ones. 

Are metal spikes illegal? How can a player sharpen his spikes to get a good bite into the field or maybe a second baseman's leg?

Offline dracnal

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Re: Injuries by the bases
« Reply #13: May 30, 2018, 07:14:25 PM »
Are metal spikes illegal? How can a player sharpen his spikes to get a good bite into the field or maybe a second baseman's leg?

Metal are still allowed. Some players (Harper for example) have used hybrid ones with steel up front and plastic in the back.