New slide rule could positively impact Pirates

The MLB implemented new rules yesterday regarding sliding into second base, a move that could potentially benefit the Pirates.

Pittsburgh lost two shortstops, Jordy Mercer and Jung Ho Kang, to takeout slides last season.

The MLB Players Association plans to consider players’ feedback throughout spring training as they adapt to the revised rules.

The rule mandates that “a baserunner must attempt a “bona fide slide” by making contact with the ground in front of the base, being able to reach the base with his hand or foot and remain on the bag or sliding without changing his path to make contact with an infielder,” according to pirates.mlb.com.

MLBPA executive director Tony Clark visited four teams so far this spring, including the Pirates, to discuss the new rule among other topics of interest.

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