Baker hates head first into home

Reds OF Derrick Robinson might have gotten a start on Saturday vs. the Pirates since Dusty Baker liked the matchup potential against A.J. Burnett. Chris Heisey is starting instead. Robinson has been bothered by a sore left shoulder since July 9. In that game at Milwaukee, he was going for an inside-the-park homer and slid head first into the plate and catcher Martin Maldonado.

“I try to tell these guys and young kids, don’t head-first slide into home plate. I was told that years ago,” Baker said.

The player that told Baker not to do it was an opposing player in Donn Clendenon when they were out after a game.

“He told me to never do that again,” Baker said. “He told me there are three guys in particular that can hurt you – Johnny Bench, Jerry Grote and Randy Hundley. Sliding into Johnny Bench was like sliding into a fire hydrant. It ain’t going nowhere.”

Baker, who saw Ryan Ludwick tear the labrum in his right shoulder sliding into third base head first, was asked if he would consider disciplining players that slide that way.

“How do you discipline someone that’s risking career?” Baker replied. “You’re risking injury. All you can do is tell them. It’s a natural instinct. They’ve been sliding head first since they were coming up. That’s what they see on SportsCenter. That’s what they see everywhere. It’s not like I can put a shock collar on them when they’re about to slide head first.”

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