The Tigers (82-70) are 0.5 games up on Baltimore (82-71) for the wild card with 10 games to play. They have 3 at home against the Royals, then 4 more at home against Cleveland, and 3 at Atlanta to end the year. How is everyone feeling about the Tigers in the last week of the season?
I'd love to see this kid playing with Cameron Maybin on the base paths. He's a pretty cool story so far.
From a forum post last week, we know that Tim Tebow is attempting to take his talents to baseball. I wasn't aware that baseball was taking this seriously.
About 20 teams are expected to be on hand for his private workout next week, our beloved Tigers among them. Doesn't appear to be serious interest, just a "was athlete; am willing to look" diligence.
For what it's worth, FTW Sports doesn't have Detroit on their "top 6 teams where he could land" list, which I'm convinced are both Florida teams and then 4 random teams they picked out of a hat.
Back in the day, I used to lunge head first into first base on close plays. I've always held that a head first kamikaze lunge was faster than running through.
Note that I didn't say "sliding". Genuine (head first) sliding into first base to gain an advantage is for sissies, and I'm more than willing to admit is slower than running through the bag.
ESPN Sports Science did a careful high motion study of running through versus diving and overlaid an instance of each technique for a comparison.
ESPN's conclusion? Running through is faster than head first sliding.
But for all their effort, ESPN missed the obvious. The head first slide instance initially pulls ahead of the run-through instance. So...this isn't rocket science...the head first "slider" should arrive at first base while the technique is ahead.runner (at 1:19) in the video.
Now this shouldn't really be called "sliding" into first base because no sliding takes place until after the runner has reached first base. There is an injury risk downside in that the kamikaze lunge landing is going to be more violent than the slide, as the runner will be using some angular momentum to throw his top half downward while keeping his feet on the ground driving forward.
Dogmatic proponents of the run-through technique often counter with the argument "You never see sprinters dive, do you?" So much for that one. Last night, Shaunae Miller stole* the gold from Allyson Felix by diving.
Did this change anyone's opinion about diving into first base?
I think critics of Harold Reynold's opinion such as this sarcastic writer owe Reynolds an apology.
*stole in the non-pejorative sense
Winner goes to Williamsport. 5pm Eastern on ESPN 2. (Edit: scoreless after 1 but in a rain delay)
Who ya got? Kentucky's pitching is probably much more rested up, but this Michigan team can hit bombs.
The team representing the state of Michigan will now play Wisconsin. Nice game, fellas. 1-0, the good guys. The other guys go home to Hamilton, Ohio.