Run or slide into first base? Let’s ask Statcast

This article points the way in how to determine conclusively if runners benefit from sliding into first base. Everyone knows you lose velocity when you dive but you gain from the ability to reach with your hands.

The piece examines five plays from Brett Gardner, with videos and graphs. What’s needed are hundreds or thousands of plays. Maybe he’ll revisit in the offseason.

Source: Mike Petriello,

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