PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Unofficially, it will be known as the ‘Chase Utley’ rule.
Four months after Utley controversially took out Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada trying to break up a double-play in game 2 of the NLDS with the Dodgers, Major League Baseball is announcing new rules for sliding into second base.
The new rule announced on Thursday indicates, “slides on potential double plays will require runners to make a bona fide attempt to reach and remain on the base.”
“I think that will definitely help keep guys healthy, for sure,” the former Phillie said via the Los Angeles Times.
Utley was suspended two games for the slide, as chief baseball officer Joe Torre said Utley slid late and was “more targeting the player as opposed to the base.” Utley’s appeal is expected to be heard next month.