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Pittsburgh Pirates

MLB does too much too late in Utley suspension

Major League Baseball is doing its best imitation of the National Football League in suspending Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley for his takeout slide that broke the leg of New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada. Bucking precedent, seeming to bow to public pressure and the tabloid press, retroactively enforcing the rules -- all the characteristics we've come to expect from arbitrary NFL discipline. To grasp the extent to which Joe Torre, MLB's chief baseball officer, is behaving like NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, we need to separate the offense from the discipline process. One can decry the violent crimes of Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, believing that their lengthy...