Ken Rosenthal received a text from a former player today in regards to Chase Utley’s suspension being lifted, and that player made an extremely valid point that I had not even thought about yet.
Text from a former player: "And the pitcher who hits Utley, you know it's happening, will get how many games?"
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 6, 2016
Somebody is going to hit Chase Utley with a pitch next year. I don’t know if it’ll be Matt Harvey or Noah Syndergaard, but I can assure you that it’s going to happen. It will obviously be intentional and I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if both the Mets and Dodgers dugouts cleared on impact. That’s the way the game works. I would credit the Mets for making absolutely sure that Chase Utley knows how they feel about him breaking their shortstop’s leg. Unfortunately, the umpires and Major League Baseball don’t agree with that point of view, and there is a legitimate chance that the pitcher who beans Utley is going to receive some sort of penalty. Utley deserves to get hit, and I think even the most die-hard Dodgers fan would agree with me. Utley should take the fastball in the ribs and move on. Then again, I wouldn’t be disappointed if he charged the mound and started a bench clearing brawl. Fights are great and good for the entertainment value of the game, but that’s a blog for another day.