MLB players, past and present, react to Chase Utley’s takeout slide
The slide was the center of much controversy, as it broke the leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada, and managed to secure Utley second base despite the fact neither of the two actually touched the base.
Replays showed Utley started his slide right at the second base bag, upending Tejada—who caught a throw from teammate Daniel Murphy with his back to the oncoming runner. It allowed the tying run to score, and the Dodgers added three more runs in the frame to win 5–2.
Afterwards, many players—active and retired—spoke out about the play.
Here’s TBS analyst Pedro Martinez:
Mets righthanded pitcher Logan Verrett isn’t on their postseason roster, but was watching the game:
As soon as he jogged off the field he surrendered his out. Umps got this one wrong. Needs to be fixed.— Logan Verrett (@lverrett4) October 11, 2015
When you start your slide after your whole body has passed the bag....you should be out. We protect catchers from collisions, why not SS/2B?— Logan Verrett (@lverrett4) October 11, 2015
Mets lefthanded reliever Jerry Blevins, who was lost for the season due to injury:
I'm pretty sure you have to touch a base in order to be safe.— Jerry Blevins (@jerryblevins) October 11, 2015
If you slide like that at 2nd the runner at first should be out automatically. You can't continue to reward putting players at injury risk— Jerry Blevins (@jerryblevins) October 11, 2015
that was a really weak attempt at a slide by utley😡😡😡😡— Jose Reyes (@lamelaza_7) October 11, 2015
If that was a superstar shortstop we would have a Tulo Rule being enforced tomorrow— Justin Upton (@JUST_JUP) October 11, 2015
Former starting pitcher Mark Mulder:
Like it or not, Utley plays hard and I would want him on my team.— Mark Mulder (@markmulder20) October 11, 2015
That's good baseball by Mr. Utley right there...— Tony Gwynn Jr. (@tonygwynnjr) October 11, 2015
Ok... After a few more looks at it, Utley should have come in lower. I think the idea of coming in hard and breaking it up was right tho!— Tony Gwynn Jr. (@tonygwynnjr) October 11, 2015
It was certainly a polarizing issue, and more reactions will likely come Sunday.
- Kenny Ducey