Archive for July, 2012

Is there a safer way to slide?

Sunday was not the first time Andrelton Simmons has arrived on-base head first. (Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

Sunday was not the first time Andrelton Simmons has arrived on-base head first. (Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

Braves rookie Andrelton Simmons fractured the fifth metacarpal on his right hand Sunday against the Phillies making a head-first slide into second base. Simmons could miss up to six weeks.

Braves' center fielder Michael Bourn could not beat the tag of the Phillies' Ryan Howard. (AP)

Braves’ center fielder Michael Bourn could not beat the tag of the Phillies’ Ryan Howard. (AP)

Simmons is not the first player hurt this season making a head-first slide. (The Nats’ Roger Bernadina agonized after a head-first dive against the Blue Jays earlier this season.) And Simmons is not the only Brave to approach a base head-first. (Leadoff hitter Michael Bourn often dives in attempting to beat a high throw to first.)

But it does beg the question of whether players are taking an unnecessary risk. Do players lose an edge by sliding feet first? Of course, there are those who will argue that sliding feet-first puts the defensive player at risk. Hall of Famer Ty Cobb made …

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Parents brawl at Little League game

Tempers flared at a Little League baseball game in Columbus. (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)

Tempers flared at a Little League baseball game in Columbus. (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)

Proving once again that all of the children at Little League games aren’t on the field, two people are facing charges after a brawl at an all-star tournament in Columbus.

The fight began Friday night after the Northern Little League defeated Harris County in the District 8 All-Star Tournament for 9- and 10-year-olds, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported.

According to a police report, a Northern parent was playing loud music in celebration of the win when a woman from the Harris County side took exception and told him to turn it down.

The Northern parent complied with the request, but, of course, that wasn’t the end of it. Words were exchanged and two husky men began duking it out and rolling around on the ground.

Police arrived and handcuffed Charles Davidson, 38, of Midland and Iram King, 36, of Cataula. The two men were ordered to appear in Columbus Recorder’s Court for an. Aug. 16 …

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