Proactive and progressive. These are the two best adjectives to describe Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. In his second year leading our game, he needs to step in and make an immediate change to the disaster the new slide rules have become. The new slide rules instituted this year were well-intentioned. After season-ending injuries in 2015 to Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang and then Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada, there was a call for change. Baseball wanted to protect its players and spare fans of seeing these awful injuries. The MLB rules committee stepped in an attempt to protect middle infielders from destructive slides. And like so often happens, it went too far. The game is now calling for "bona fide" slides into second base, and the outline for Rule 6.01(j) is simple. A bona fide slide occurs when the runner: (1) begins his slide (i.e., makes contact with the ground) before reaching the base; (2) is able and attempts to reach the base with his hand or foot; (3) is able and attempts to remain on the base (except home plate) after completion of the slide; and (4) slides within reach of the base without changing his pathway for the purpose of initiating contact with a fielder. Six days into the season, we have seen two games end on this rule being violated, much to the dismay of the teams that have been found guilty.
The simple fix MLB immediately must make to the new slide rules
Fox Sports | Apr 9