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,"
"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!