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The base: Approach at your own risk

'Safe!' is not the right call when it comes to the game's hard, immovable bases

Originally Published: May 9, 2014
By Steve Wulf | ESPN.com

It's called baseball for a reason. The concept of a safe haven for voyagers on their way home provides the subtext for every game, and when we look out upon the field, we think we see the same three comforting, white, 15-inch-by-15-inch squares that our ancestors did. "Pillows," they used to be called. "Bags," they still are.

Bases.

Even the Major League Baseball Rule Book makes them sound inviting:

1.06 First, second and third bases shall be marked by ...

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