D-backs want players to slide feet first into bases

D-backs want players to slide feet first into bases

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs' coaching staff wants its players to use their feet, not their heads, when it comes to sliding into bases this year.

"We are strongly encouraging everybody to slide feet first," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "We have shown them the data that says you're more prone to injury when you slide head first."

The D-backs went through sliding practice this past week with the emphasis on feet first, but Lovullo realizes it's not as simple as telling a player how to slide.

"I know it's an instinctual play, and I know guys just react a certain way," Lovullo said. "And I never want to take that type of creativity away from them and make them do something. I don't want to put anybody in a box. I want to give them the room to be creative."

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.