Exclusive: Chase Utley pens own appeal and we have a copy

PHI+chase+utley+042611Chase Utley, who is facing a two-game suspension for his takeout slide of Ruben Tejada during a double play in Saturday night’s NLDS game against the Mets, filed an appeal today of his punishment, which will be heard by Major League Baseball before the beginning of game two for tonight.

However, Utley is taking an active part in his appeal, as the eloquent second baseman wrote his own appeal and emailed it to MLB representatives this afternoon, including Joe Torre, the Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball.

The Coggin Toboggan has procured a copy of Utley’s appeal. Should the second baseman be suspended for tonight’s game for his role in the slide that broke Tejada’s leg, or does his heartfelt appeal letter make you feel better about his role in the incident?

See it for yourself after the jump.

IMG_0806Wow, who knew he had such a way with words? I’m not sure how Joe Torre can uphold the suspension after reading that. The appeal really makes several salient points about his actions Saturday night and leaves you questioning the decision to even THINK ABOUT suspending him for two games.

Here is a blown up version of the appeal:

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Low bridge? Is that an admission of guilt, a nickname, what? Whatever it is, I think we can all agree Utley needs to play tonight or there is no justice in the world.

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