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Is the New Sliding Rule Ruining the Game of Baseball? 06/15/2017

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By: Paul Maienza

Lately, Major League Baseball has been adding various different rules that have changed the way baseball has been played. The latest rule deals with sliding and has players and fans questioning if this rule is changing the way baseball “should” be played.

In the past, runners were given wide latitude coming into second base as long as they were close enough to touch the bag. But under the new rule, a runner will have to make contact with the ground before reaching the base, being able to and attempting to reach the base with a hand or foot, being able to and attempting to remain on the base at the completion of the slide (except at home plate) and not changing his path for the purpose of initiating contact with a fielder. This issue came up the during the 2015 postseason when Chase Utley broke up a potential double play in Game 2 of the National League Division Series with a controversial slide that ended up injuring Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada. “I love it as a fielder but I hate it as a runner,” says Rangers’ shortstop Elvis Andrus.

This rule was mainly made to avoid injuries at second base when runners try to break up a double play. Pirates shortstop, Jung Ho Kang, said “I’m all for it,” who is still rehabilitating after a serious injury last season in a collision at second base. “It’s safe for the players who are in the double-play situation. It’s for the players, to protect the players.” While others like Cubs pitcher, Jon Lester, says “We’re out there playing with a bunch of pansies right now. I’m over this slide rule.”

This new rule and many other rules has many baseball fans and players, worried about the changes that the game will undergo. This makes it a very controversial topic that has the game of baseball divided. There is no real talk on whether or not these new rules will be removed, but there could very well be new rules that will either anger or excite the people of baseball.

 

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