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Chase Utley sends Dioner Navarro to the hospital

Aug 7, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

Chase Utley celebrated his new contract tonight by barreling over Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro in a collision at home plate, resulting in an out for the Phillies and a trip to the hospital with at least a leg injury for Navarro.

Here’s the GIF of the collision from our own Bill Baer:

Utley made as if he were going to slide into home plate on the play, only to pull a changeup at the last second and barrel into Navarro, shoulder first. In Utley’s defense, Navarro had set up on the plate before receiving the throw, inviting the collision. Utley, though, did have an opening with which to slide between Navarro’s legs. Instead of taking it, he decided to risk injury to both himself and Navarro.

Of course, Utley can afford to do that, considering he’s made $85 million in his career and he just today signed a $27 million deal that takes him through 2015. Navarro is a free agent at season’s end, and if he misses the rest of the year, he could lose a couple of million dollars on his next contract. With the way he’s played this year — he entered the night with a .289/.363/.500 line and nine homers in 152 at-bats — he could have been setting himself up for a two-year contract worth $5 million-$6 million this winter.

  1. phillydano - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Utley made a gritty baseball play. Unfortunately for us Phillies fans, he was out. Fantastic play by Navarro, he deserves the credit on the play. That’s why I watch baseball every night, to see plays like this. It’s baseball!

    By the way, even though he’s old and banged up, I’m proud as a Philadelphian to have Utley sticking around with the Phillies. He sets the perfect example of how to play baseball.

    Hopefully, Navarro can get back on the field soon.

  2. notoriousbri - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    actually if you look at it in slow motion on the replay not the gif, Utleys shoulder makes contact with Navarro’s shoulder and underneath utleys shoulder hits the mask, the brunt of the impact went to Navarros chest and shoulder. the mask coming off was a product of the recoil from the hit. Being a former catcher I can tell you, if you set up like Navarro did, that early more often than not YOU WILL GET HIT. That’s why you get the pads and helmet. Its a tough position. Great play by Navarro holding on the ball and Utley was out.

  3. stlouis1baseball - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    “Navarro had set up on the plate before receiving the throw, inviting the collision.”

    Yet…”Chase Utley sends Dioner Navarro to the hospital.”

    Two possible scenarios here.

    1) I am not reading things correctly
    2) The writers take is “dipwadish”

    • hugopanduro - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      it’s #1

      try this:
      Navarro set up on the plate before receiveing the throw, inviting the collison. Chase Utley took said invitation, at (what seems) the last moment, sending Dioner Navarro to the hospital with (at least) a leg injury.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        Nice try Hugo. But…huge FAIL.

        Try this:
        Dioner’s decision to position himself over the plate resulted in him being sent to the hospital. This is what is referred to as “unintended consequences.”

        Even Dioners teammates (and Manager) all stated it was just baseball.

      • hugopanduro - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        Indeed. Neither the original post or my comment said antyhing about intent. Obviously that play happens many, many times during the course of an mlb season. I merely pointed out that both statments were correct. Chase Utley unintentionally injured navarro, sending him to the hospital.

  4. acdc84 - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Karma is a beautiful thing. On Sunday Navarro slammed Hanley Ramirez’s bat into the ground and after a walk and broke it, and now he’s headed to the DL. Navarro is a career loser. KARMA!

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