Chase Utley Suspended for Two Games at Citi Field, Will Appeal

Photo credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

A day after Joe Torre told the New York Post “he was in reach of the bag,” Chase Utley has been suspended for his “illegal” slide. The MLB statement on the suspension says they do not believe Utley intended to injure anyone, but the slide was in violation of rule 5.09 (a)(13). For what it’s worth, here’s the rule from the official rulebook:

“A preceding runner shall, in the umpire’s judgment, intentionally interfere with a fielder who is attempting to catch a thrown ball or to throw a ball in an attempt to complete any play.”

A comment added to the rule in the rulebook continues, saying “The objective of this rule is to penalize the offensive team for deliberate, unwarranted, unsportsmanlike action by the runner in leaving the baseline for the obvious purpose of crashing the pivot man on a double play, rather than trying to reach the base.”

The Mets released a thank you statement, and Utley’s agent said that they’ll be appealing. “A two-game suspension for a legal baseball play is outrageous and completely unacceptable,” he said. The hearing will likely be tomorrow, before Game 3, in order to figure it all out before any unnecessary time is wasted.

If Utley wins the appeal, and plays tomorrow night, he can probably expect to be thrown at. If not by Matt Harvey, then by Mets fans.

UPDATE: According to Jon Heyman, the MLB wants to do the hearing today, but the players union wants time to prepare. Under the rules, Utley would be able to play while his appeal is pending.


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  2. Should be suspended for longer than that: the entire postseason.
    He deliberately tried to injure another player.
    He shouldn’t return until Tejeda does. Pos like the commenters on here

  3. Liberalism in America continues to destroy sports. I blame the idiots in the media for fueling the fire to what they don’t understand about baseball, the idiot fans on twitter who know nothing about baseball and how it’s played, and the league that continues to change rules on the fly to appease these social media idiots (see Buster Posey overreaction). As soon as I saw this play that I have seen a thousand times before over the years and Tejada breaking his leg, I knew this overreaction would be a result. MLB will further cave into these PC liberal nannies by changing rules in the off-season so that no contact that can occur at 2nd base whatsoever, resulting in changing a dundamental part of the game that has been existent for 130+ years,

    The liberals ran out of things to fuck up in politics, so now they are spreading their pussy ideas in sports. American sports are being neutered and fundamentally changed and this younger generation doesn’t give a fuck and supports it. Why should I care anymore? This society has become pathetic.

    1. You’ve seen it a thousand times before? please show us a player that slid that close to the bag taking out a middle infielder and was considered a clean slide ill wait…this had nothing to do with a “baseball” play. If it did Chase wouldve atleast attempted to tag the base. Phillies fans would be the first ones crying foul if it happened to them so stop with all this non sense. Fuck your politics you dick eating chode

      1. “…please show us a player that slid that close to the bag taking out a middle infielder and was considered a clean slide”

        Nothing to do with clean or not. Taking out the 2nd baseman to break up a double play anyway you can has been a fundamental part of the game since the 19th century. I have watched this happen thousands of times in the over 30 years of baseball I have watched. Now the media tells me that what I have watched all my life isn’t part of baseball because someone broke a leg and social media is outraged?

        “dick eating chode”? I’m dealing with another teenager on this board, I see. Your weak-ass generation is the problem. Anything you can’t quantify must be “dirty”, “something-gate” or the like. Pathetic.

        1. It still doesn’t negate the fact the slide was dirty, players that have played this game even called it a dirty slide. Yea Hard slides have happened throughout game but you don’t see players sliding late and reckless on a consistent basis. Like I said if this happened to the Phillies in 08 you would be the first one on board to cry foul. Pot meet kettle

  4. We all love Utley’s git and hustle, but that was a dirty play. The slide was way too late. If an opposing team did that to a Phillies player, this town would be apoplectic.

  5. I’m not so sure, the more I look at it, especially this pic, it looks like Tejada is about to drop a flying elbow on Utley.

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