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When a throw is made to a base where there is no force out, the throw has to be catchable to avoid the runner taking more bases on an overthrow or an error. So a throw must be placed some distance above the ground for the position player to make a play on the ball. This gives the base runner the opportunity to slide under the throw and touch the base with either his hand or foot.

So I guess in short a slide is intended to get under the throw.

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Q: In baseball a base runner can usually get to a base quicker by running than by sliding explain why this is so why slid then?
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