Re: Is Heisey now the incumbent?
When you run as fast as Stubbs does it is better to run full speed through the spot where the ball is going to land than it is to dive for it. You have to slow down to dive. I know diving is all the rage these days because it gets you on the highlight reels on ESPN, but diving is not smart when you are running full speed. On top of that, most of the time when a guy dives he could have just run to the spot and made the catch anyway, but chose to use the more dramatic dive play instead. I would estimate 90% of dives are unnecessary. Some of them are just plain comical the way guys hold back then dive at the last moment to get a cheer out of the crowd and an out-of-zone play on their UZR.
Diving helps infielders more than outfielders. Infielders are taking one or two steps before diving. They are not going full speed, so diving doesn't slow them down and is often the fastest way to stretch out for a ball.
Last edited by AtomicDumpling; 09-01-2012 at 08:01 AM.