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Leg-breaking slide by Dodgers’ Chase Utley draws comparisons to former Royal Hal McRae

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chase Utley upended New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada to break up a potential double play in the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday.
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chase Utley upended New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada to break up a potential double play in the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday. Tribune News Service

Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley is now public enemy number one for many baseball fans.

During game two of the National League Division Series on Saturday night, Utley attempted to break up a double play. Instead he broke Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada’s leg.

Here’s the MLB.com video of the play:

Utley’s play was part of a four-run seventh inning as the Dodgers rallied for a 5-2 victory over the Mets.

The play was reminiscent of former Royals great Hal McRae’s slide during the second game of the 1977 ALCS. Thanks to YouTube, you can take a look here:

One big difference between the Utley slide and McRae’s: No one broke a leg.

There was a lot of chatter on Twitter among the national baseball writers that the play may be the impetus for change regarding takeout slides.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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