View Full Version : sliding into first/home

10-09-2010, 07:17 PM
Ok, strange question came into my head (not uncommon LOL)...

Even though its debated, its generally considered a bad idea to slide into first because you lose speed and are allowed to overrun the bag obviously.

Why doesn't the same logic apply to home plate? Close plays are always a slide.

10-09-2010, 07:22 PM
The only reason you should ever slide into first is to avoid a tag. The main reason they slide into home is to either avoid a tag (by sliding around the plate) or take the catcher out/ knock the ball out out of his glove on the tag. Big guys obviously have the best chance of plowing the catcher but smaller guys like Pierre will never take out a catcher so they then slide on a close play.

10-09-2010, 07:24 PM
The simple answer is that outs at first are force plays, so the runner just needs to make it to first quicker than the ball (by running through the base). Big plays at home are generally not force plays, meaning a tag needs to be applied. The best way to avoid a tag is with a slide.

Edit- Mark beat me to it.

10-09-2010, 07:28 PM
Got it thanks guys! Makes sense.