Originally Posted by dougdirt
I could not care less about how hard someone runs out on a stinking ground ball unless they are a truly fast player where it actually could make a difference. On this team, that means Billy Hamilton and only Billy Hamilton.
I would like to see the entire possibility of breaking up a double play banned. Slide to the bag. If you don't, you are kicked out of the game. Quit placing players in the way of harm for no real reason. With that said, I don't recall any time where someone missed such a chance to break up a double play.
Not bothering to slide bothers me. But I also don't believe that it wasn't a situation where they just didn't bother to slide, but that they or someone else screwed up in reading the play.
I wouldn't be too dismissive of that.
Pete Rose didn't have very good speed, obviously. However, as a percentage of non-hits by fielders, he reached on an error 2.8% of the time in his career. The league average during the 70s was 1.6%. That means he was reaching base close to double that of the league average. Furthermore, for the productive two thirds of his career he was an everyday player, his BABIP was around .330, which likely means he was beating out some infield hits.
Those extra errors and infield hits can add up over the course of a season. The mere fact you're running every play out can sometimes cause fielders to rush a throw when they otherwise wouldn't. Rose did that, which is a lot of the reason he reached on those extra errors.