(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer Many baseball players say they rarely, if ever, practice sliding into bases.
Former major-leaguer Darin Erstad says it's something he needs to address with his players now that he's coach at Nebraska. That's because of a run of high-profile injuries caused by headfirst sliding.
Minnesota's Justin Morneau suffered a concussion sliding into second base two years ago. Baltimore's Brian Roberts got one going headfirst into first base and Texas' Josh Hamilton broke an arm last year. Arizona State's Cory Hahn was left paralyzed from the chest down after going into second base headfirst last season.
Countless leg, ankle and foot injuries result from feet-first slides.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends that players under 10 shouldn't be taught to slide. Little League bans headfirst sliding except when the runner is retreating to a previously held base.