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The Flawed Sliding Rule

The Orioles and Red Sox played in Baltimore on April 21, 2017. In the bottom of the eighth, the O’s had Manny Machado on first base with no outs when Mark Trumbo bounced a ball to shortstop Xander Bogaerts. The Red Sox shortstop threw to Dustin Pedroia covering second. Pedroia had his back to the runner and received the ball like a first baseman with arm outstretched. Machado went in hard to the base sliding…

The Orioles and Red Sox played in Baltimore on April 21, 2017. In the bottom of the eighth, the O’s had Manny Machado on first base with no outs when Mark Trumbo bounced a ball to shortstop Xander Bogaerts. The Red Sox shortstop threw to Dustin Pedroia covering second. Pedroia had his back to the runner and received the ball like a first baseman with arm outstretched. Machado went in hard to the base sliding…

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...cover illegal slides under any condition.

 

Official Baseball Rule 601 (j): Sliding to Bases on Double Play Attempts

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