Today is a sad day for Pittsburgh Pirates fans.
Pirates rookie shortstop Jung Ho Kang suffered a broken left leg and torn knee ligament in Thursday's 9-6 loss to the Chicago Cubs and will miss the rest of the regular season and postseason.
The injury occurred during a questionable slide play from Chicago Cubs player Chris Coghlan. As numerous key players have been injured over the past couple of seasons in pivotal moments, the question must be posed: is it time for a change?
"It's an unfortunate circumstance," Coghlan said. "I hate that he's hurt. I really do. I sent him over a letter. I hope he's OK."
This isn't the first time that Coghlan has been involved in a play like this, as he tookout a Tampa Bay Rays player in 2009. "You never want to injure anybody. At the same time, you have to play the game hard."
This type of slide has been used across baseball for decades by players (including Kang himself as you can see above) to break up double plays. With that being said, we have seen many players hurt by this play.