mchlyang
2 years ago5,000+ Views
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'll write a card about this tomorrow but... this was different from your average take-out slide. this was clearly malicious. the MLB should come down with a hard ban to show that 'slides' like this will not be tolerated, even if they don't outlaw the takeout slide altogether.
2 years agoReply
It needs to stay. You perfectly stated it above, it's a tradition and there doesn't need to be a rule against it.
2 years agoReply
BAN Takeout Sliding to SS or 2nd
2 years agoReply
@mchlyang I believe Takeout slides should be removed from the game. If we seriously think about it, the MLB would have to come up with a whole other rule book on what is a good slide and what's not. Yes, they make the game more competitive, but at the risk of a players career. It's Baseball, we don't give our teams gear like football, so Takeout slides need to go. But hey, that's just what I think. 馃榿馃榿
2 years agoReply
@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.
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