In many games this year, runners have been sliding to first on very close plays. Every time the announcer is heard stating that it’s actually faster to not slide. This sliding/diving into first has been occurring noticeably more to me this year, so I decided to research it. Let’s see what the truth is in this scientific breakdown done by ESPN’s Sport Science to see if sliding or running is faster.
Moral of the story after watching the science, always make sure to run through first!
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3 thoughts on “Run or Slide to 1st? The Science Behind It”
ALWAYS RUN 1ST!!!! Only slide or dive if there is a swipe tag. You slide into the other bases on force plays because you must slow down to stop on the base. Slides are always used to avoid tags
I don’t agree I play varsity highschool baseball and there has been 2 or 3 times where if I hadn’t dived into 1st I would have been out by a long shot