Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley’s two-game suspension has been overturned on appeal, according to a tweet Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times.
Utley’s Dodgers were playing the New York Mets in last year’s National League Division Series and Utley became Public Enemy No. 1 in the Big Apple after his slide into second base in Game 2 of the series broke Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada’s right leg. Whether the slide was dirty or not became a hot topic of debate over the next several days and opinions shifted from wanting Utley suspended to saying how Tejada’s position on the play was off.
But MLB has spoken and Utley will now be ready for the Dodgers’ regular season opener against the San Diego Padres on April 4. If you ask this writer, the right call was made in overturning the suspension. Slides like that happen in baseball all the time and to suspend Utley just because someone’s leg was broken is just plain ridiculous.