So less than a week into the new MLB season, the “Chase Utley Rule” has now resulted in two games ending prematurely. Jays fans all remember Tuesday night. Last night, former Blue Jay Colby Rasmus was called on the rule, resulting in a game-ending double-play.
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Controversial rules in sports are nothing new. Sometimes the players can adapt and life goes on. Other times the league realizes the rule is affecting too many outcomes and gets rid of the rule altogether.
Hockey fans, remember the ridiculous “Foot-in-the-crease rule”? Even at skate lace in the crease on the other side of the net, away from play, resulted in goals being turned over. Well thanks to Brett Hull and the NHL not wanting to take back a Stanley Cup winning goal there’s no more crease rule.
What happens when the “Utley Rule” decides the World Series? Guess we’ll find out in about 7 months.