Sliding head-first into a base vs. sliding feet-first into a base.
Even though studies exist showing there is no speed advantage with either, players continue using the more dangerous option on a nightly basis.
After a not-so-smooth first season of a five-year, $125 million deal he signed with the Los Angeles Angles, Hamilton was off to a hot start in 2014. He posted a .444/.545/.741 line with two home runs and six RBI through 27 at-bats.
Instead of running through first base in the seventh inning of an April 8 game against the Seattle Mariners, he decided to dive head-first in an effort to reach safely.
He didn’t, and ended up tearing a ligament in his thumb, needing surgery and a recovery time of approximately two months.
Harper wasn’t off to a start like Hamilton, but was an asset to the Washington Nationals’ lineup, hitting .289/.352/.422 through 83 at-bats. He decided to slide head-first into second base on April 25 against the San Diego Padres.
He didn’t think his injury was a big issue, but further investigating showed a torn UCL in his hand, also requiring surgery and two months on the sidelines.
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