BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) After watching Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada carried off the field with a broken leg during the playoffs when the Dodgers' Chase Utley upended him, Major League Baseball is examining whether to adopt a rule eliminating slides not directly at bases on force plays.
The discussion comes two years after MLB banned home-plate collisions. Central baseball officials spoke with teams and the rules committee met at this week's annual gathering of general managers. There will be more talk at next month's winter meetings and consultation with the players' association.
''We don't want to have guys carried off the field,'' Joe Torre, MLB's chief baseball officer, said Wednesday. ''Obviously, you can't lose sight of what the game is about. You don't want somebody just not trying to get to second base and not trying to keep the inning going. It's a thin line that you have to walk, and that's why it's really tough to put pen to paper.''