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CONTACT: Ronald Ziegler (714) 993–5075
WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ (October 11, 2015) — The following is President Nixon’s statement on Chase Utley’s slide during the seventh inning of last night’s Mets-Dodgers NLDS game:
This play and the play where Terrance Gore slid into third yesterday are both examples of replay being used improperly when it comes to the spirit of the game. Trying to catch a baserunner who may have come one millimeter off the bag for a split second as he slides into a base, despite beating the throw easily, and using replay to split hairs when it…
The worst is all the former players immediately chiming in to defend Utley’s slide as “hard, but clean.” In no other sport are you allowed to deck a player to break up a routine play. See, e.g., flagrant foul, unnecessary roughness, personal foul, red card. Baseball needs to get over its unwritten rules.
It seems ridiculous and unnecessary to parse the fine points of written and unwritten rules. The thing is, as you pointed out, MLB changed the rules for catchers even though they have lots of protection, and catchers blocking the base path could usually at least see the runner peripherally. Middle infielders are often looking away from the runner…