I came across an interesting tweet from Jerry Hairston Jr. that seems pertinent. Apparently, Jerry was on AM570 to voice his opinion about the Chase Utley slide. Here's Jerry's tweet below:
We can argue all day long about whether the slide was warranted or legal, but that's not the issue I'm wondering about. What I am curious about is the last part of Hairston's tweet.Fans keep calls comin @AM570LASports I agree W/ SS Cal Ripken/Nomar who played pos. Hard legal play, SS left himself Vulnerable #MLB— Jerry Hairston, Jr. (@TheRealJHair) October 12, 2015
How much responsibility does a middle infielder have when it comes to vulnerability?
If you look back at the replay (video link here) you can clearly see Tejada receive the ball, take a step with his right foot, then attempt an pirouette in the air in order to throw out the runner. In doing this, he turns his back on Chase Utley; thereby putting himself in a vulnerable position. You have to believe that Tejada was mindful of the oncoming runner, so in choosing to make a throw anyway doesn't he contribute, to a certain extent, to the bad situation?
As a hockey fan we see this kind of thing all the time, and oftentimes the severity of a penalty or suspension is assessed based on whether the player himself put themselves in a vulnerable position. This isn't always the case, of course, but I think that in situations like the Utley/Tejada debacle a similar rule must apply.
Photo above via Bleacher Report on twitter.
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