Safe! This player ran through first base instead of diving and turned a possible out into a hit.

10 milliseconds SLOWER than he gets there by running. He gets to first base faster by keeping his feet on the ground. The conclusion: It’s better to run through the bag. As the show’s host John Brenkus says, over the span of the 90 feet from home plate to first base, the 10 milliseconds that a fast player loses by diving at the bag (he loses even more if he dives too early and slides into the bag) “equates to about three inches— the diameter of a baseball.” On a bang-bang

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