I see a few people are debating this issue.
I wish I could find the link, but I remember a bunch of years ago that Mike Greenwell of the Red Sox was sliding into first base and claimed it was faster. The Boston Globe sent a writer to MIT and one of their physics professors proved it was slower.
I still think Bobby Valentine had the right answer to that question. As he used to say, if sliding got you there faster, why don’t Olympic sprinters do it?
Sliding headfirst is both dangerous (broken fingers, jammed shoulders, etc) and inefficient. The sooner Melky Cabrera stops, the better off he and and the Yankees will be.
“Strangle him,” Joe Torre said with a laugh when asked what he could do to get Melky to stop.
Well, I think it was a laugh.
UPDATE, 5:45 p.m.: Ah, ha. I knew it. As one of our alert readers pointed out, the great Bob Ryan was the reporter who went to MIT.
Bob, a Jersey guy, is the straightest shooter in the Boston media and one of the writers I most admire for his passion, writing skills and willingness to argue his point. He now has his own blog, so welcome to the terrordome, Mr. Ryan.
Check out his latest piece on Phil Rizzuto.