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Deadly Tackle Ends Tejada's Season
Things are getting heated in baseball as we come near to the end of the 2015 season.

And another deadly tackle took place over the weekend to end Ruben Tejada's season. A similar incident had happened a few weeks ago when Couglin took out Jung Ho Kang with a deadly tackle.

Let's take a look at what happened.
During the 2015 NLDS Game 2 between the Mets and the Dodgers, Chase Utley slid into Ruben Tejada. Utley not only managed to stop the double play, he also saved himself from an out after Dodgers manager Don Mattingly challenged the play.

But this play ended up breaking Ruben Tejada's leg. And now, the Mets have lost their shortstop for the rest of the postseason.

There has been some discussion about "takeout slides" since this tackle that ended Jung Ho Kang's season. But the responses have been;

"Taking out someone is part of the game -- just wanted you to know,"

and

"Teach the infielders to get out of the way and protect themselves better. That's a skill that should be valued."

It's a definite NO.

Taking out someone is not part of the game. That is why the MLB implemented the "catcher-collision rule". Putting players at physical risk, outside of the traditional hitting and batting is not part of the game.
Well Joe Torre, MLB chief baseball officer, addressed the issue and...

the MLB suspended Chase Utley for Games 3 and 4 of the National League Division Series.

Here is the official statement form Joe Torre.
"After thoroughly reviewing the play from all conceivable angles, I have concluded that Mr. Utley's action warrants discipline. While I sincerely believe that Mr. Utley had no intention of injuring Ruben Tejada, and was attempting to help his Club in a critical situation, I believe his slide was in violation of Official Baseball Rule 5.09 (a) (13), which is designed to protect fielders from precisely this type of rolling block that occurs away from the base."

Utley and the Dodgers organization will appeal to the decision, but I think the decision should stand as it stands now and it could also be the starting point for a talk between the managers and the MLB during the offseason.

I am interested to hear what my fellow Vinglers think!
VOTE!

1. Takeout slides need to stay. It's part of the game and has been a tradition all these years. There should not be any rules against it.

2. Takeout slides need to go. It puts players at physical risk and it could be devastating to a player's career.

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I think it should stay. That's how a double play is avoided, however, it needs to be done correctly. If the players slides into second, in a matter that he can severely injury the baseman, then he needs to get fined. I remember seeing a player (for the life of me I can't remember who it was) his slide into second was perfect, it was a wide slide and the double play wasn't preformed. I'm going to try to find who this player is and I will let you know. Hopefully you know who he is.
@mchlyang my husband believes it should stay because of tradition. I understand how it can be a strategy but there has been more than a couple of cases of these slides hurting people to the point of deadly or can no longer play for the season. I don't think it should stay but I do understand the strategy of it. But with Utley, that was no 'accident' indeed...very illegal. I'm glad they gave him consequences so they can show that these illegal slides will not be tolerated. What is your reasoning for the Bag/2nd base slides to be banned?
@karencorchado Please do. But I feel like there needs to be a clear distinction. Of course they should be able to slide into second base. In some cases however, players slide into the players to avoid the double play. And I agree with the fine and maybe suspension, but I am worried it would have to be determined subjectively by a third party. Players could appeal and make a case for both sides if something does happen.
@Ravenwing92 I am most certainly not against players sliding "into second base". That's what they should do to avoid the double play. I am just against the fact that players slide to the side or way before they reach the base to stop the infielder from making a throw to first and that is why players are getting injured so much. Just to make it clear once more, I'm not against players sliding into second base.