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  1. Regarding injuries, I’ve been thinking that spring training is way too long. You’ve got a marathon, six-month season ahead of you, and spend six weeks playing meaningless games and getting hurt. Just have the pitchers and catchers show up about St. Patrick’s Day and play catch for a few hours each day!

    Comment by GPS — April 6, 2010 @ 11:03 am

  2. Coco hurt his hand sliding again? he did that the first year with the sox, never was the same after.

    Comment by d — April 6, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

  3. I remember watching Geoff Jenkins destroy his ankle sliding feet-first into third base a few years ago. It was one of the more nauseating injuries I’ve ever seen.

    Comment by thehemogoblin — April 6, 2010 @ 4:32 pm

  4. Regarding what #3 said, I think that the reason a lot of guys slide head first is because they’d rather risk a hand injury than a leg or foot injury. Back in the day, bases were made of canvas. If the player slid into it instead of letting his foot and leg slide over the bag, the base would have some give. He still might get an injury, but probably not a catastrophic one. Now, if a player slides headfirst, and slides into the base instead of over it, it’s like sliding into a stone wall.

    Comment by ChuckO — April 6, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

  5. That last sentence should have read, “Now, if a player slides feet first, and slides…”

    Comment by ChuckO — April 6, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

  6. Isn’t it mostly because they are stupid? Unless you are avoiding a tag, there is no reason to dive OR slide into first base… it doesn’t get you there faster then running through the bag. And then there’s the injury risk factor to compound the stupidity of this “fake hustle” play.

    Comment by Hank — April 6, 2010 @ 6:28 pm

  7. Hank, I wasn’t referring to sliding into first base. It obviously makes no sense to slide into first.

    Comment by ChuckO — April 6, 2010 @ 7:56 pm

  8. I totally agree. It is all about the money. Two weeks of games would be fine.

    Comment by Jeff Zimmerman — April 6, 2010 @ 9:31 pm

  9. Yes, just looked it up. Happened in 2005

    http://www.covers.com/articles/articles.aspx?theArt=47416&tid=24&t=1

    Comment by Jeff Zimmerman — April 6, 2010 @ 9:34 pm

  10. I will be keeping track of injuries this season, so I should get a comparable count.

    Comment by Jeff Zimmerman — April 6, 2010 @ 9:35 pm

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