The warning track is useless

Updated: August 29, 2012, 3:52 PM ET
By Doug Glanville | ESPN.com

After a series of unfortunate events in the 1940s, Major League Baseball decided that it needed to make a change to improve player safety. The decision to install a "warning track" came at a time when a daring Brooklyn Dodgers outfielder named Pete Reiser was routinely crashing into outfield walls and injuring himself -- severely, in some cases.

Early attempts at warning tracks included sloped fields to give outfielders a heads-up that the wall was coming (sounds like a bad idea as ...

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