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image of baseball slide rule a base runner being tagged out by the shortstop as he leaps into the air to catch the ball

New Baseball slide rule

Baseball Slide Rule

Under the new baseball slide rule into second, “both baseball players have to wear a dress.”  At least, that is what one of the Major League baseball managers was quoted as saying.  His point being that the MLB was taking all of the “sport” out baseball.

image of baseball slide rule a base runner being tagged out by the shortstop as he leaps into the air to catch the ball

Sports Art Baseball Painting by artist John Robertson is 11″ x 14″, ink and acrylic on drafting film. Available.

If the baseball player can’t go into second base with “spikes up and wide” in an attempt to break up the double play, then where is the excitement and risk of the game?  One of the new rules state: “A runner sliding into second has to make “a bona fide attempt” not just to slide into the base, but also to “remain on the base.”   In other words,  “no interference”.  In the case of this baseball painting the base runner is trying to interfere with the shortstop.

Keep Baseball Entertaining

It seems to me, part of the reason to slide into second base, during the possibility of a double play, is to interfere with the play.   Another way to break up the double play is to run the base path so the baseman can’t throw straight to first base.  So, instead of taking out the danger of the play, with the baseball slide rule they should put a rule in to make it a greater risk for the base runner to run the bases.  And that would be, the base runner has to run the bases in a straight line between the bases.  But, with the new rule, the  baseman may throw the ball at the base runner, and the base runner is not allowed to duck.  That kind of evens out the whole “fairness” of a need for a slide rule.  Let’s make sure both basemen and base runners are, “at risk”  and keep the game as entertaining as ever.  Maybe, even more entertaining.

If the League thinks it is protecting baseball players, it is eliminating not the most dangerous aspects of the game.  The most dangerous?  – getting hit by a pitch.  The next change is coming:  protect the batter by putting him into a batting cage.

Baseball Art Mariano Rivera NY Yankees Pitcher Baseball Painting

Sports Art painting of Mariano Rivera is 5 feet by 6 feet acrylic on unstretched canvas.  I painted him looking a bit older than he actually is.  Think of it as kind of like a painting where the image gets older but the actual person stays eternally young.  (Somewhat like Dorian Gray without the hedonism.
Mariano was a  pitcher who has played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees. Nicknamed “Mo”,[1] Rivera has spent most his career as a relief pitcher, and has served as the Yankees’ closer since 1997. A 12-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, he is MLB’s all-time leader in saves (620) and games finished (906). His accolades include five American League (AL) Rolaids Relief Man Awards and three Delivery Man of the Year Awards.  Sports Artist John Robertson  Thanks Wikipedia for the info.