The second base take-out slide is a species, at least in the shape you are used to. Changes are likely to occur earlier. For a few days, people are going to moan and yelp. The torrent of all caps messages and typo-speaking cries will border users on message boards and the Internet forums in a storm cellar, but the storm goes by. The laws are going to change, and they are going to get used to it.

When a runner slides into the base to break up a two-player contest, he must make a “take-out slide.” It is described as the runner who contacts the ground before reaching the base, may advance the base by a hand or foot, remains on the base when the slide is completed, and does not change his direction to initiate contact felting. Slide law prevents runners from trying to get the fielder into contact by raising their leg over the fielder’s knee, tossing their arm or upper body, and taking the fielder. If there is an infringement of the slide code, it will call the offending runner and the batter-runner.

In the past, runners had many leeways as they slid through a foundation to break up their duplication. Even in the plays where they contacted a paddle, runners were never called to intervene if, during their drops, they were at the foot.


On the second base take-out slide, players can no longer destroy each other. The current rule on ‘Interference, Obstruction, Collisions’ is modified by New Rule 6.01. The Chase Utley Law, you might name it, much like the Hal McRae Rule of the 1970s. They won’t like that rule; they’ll argue that it limits their aggression, but it is good that they get the last vestige of John McGraw’s and the Orioles’ no-holds-barred play style from the 1890s.

If a runner does not participate in an effective slide and initiates contact with the shortstop to disrupt a double play, obstruction under Rule 6.01 should be sought. A “bone fide slide” continues the slide before touching the base, is able and tries to hit the base with the base hand or foot, tries to stay on the base until the take-out slide is completed, and takes off the base without changing its direction to initiate contact with a slide.