Watch: Phillies’ Maikel Franco leaves game after slipping on first base
Maikel Franco left Sunday night’s game after slipping on first base.
The Philadelphia Phillies third baseman legged out an infield single in the top of the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals. As he stepped on the base, he slipped and fell to the ground.
Franco slipped on first and it looked bad when his cleat caught, but he did stay in, Murphy's reaction says it pic.twitter.com/imCoRjrfc6
— CJ Fogler (@cjzer0) June 25, 2018
Franco was removed from the game and replaced by Mitch Walding.
Watching the incident prompted at least one reporter to say MLB should do something about its bases.
Major League Baseball has to come up with a new base. We’ve seen way too many guys slip on a bag when it’s wet or jam their leg awkwardly when lunging at it. It’s dangerous. Find a safer bag.
— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) June 25, 2018
The incident reminded many of the way Bryce Harper injured his knee last year, causing him to miss over a month towards the end of the season. Maybe this is something MLB needs to address.