You don’t have to be a cultural commentator to see how political correctness is infecting our society. Jerry Seinfeld says it’s ruining comedy, Jonah Goldberg thinks that victimhood has become an actual virtue in our society, and now even baseball bows to political correctness. It’s apparent that R. J. Moeller is pretty worked up over it, too. Baseball, he writes, has discovered victim culture.

Case in point: MLB suspended LA Dodgers’ Chase Utley for what was deemed an “illegal slide” into NY Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada during a division series game; the collision resulted in a broken leg for Tejada and, of course, social media outrage. The suspension, however, violated baseball’s traditional self-rule, whereby players are expected to police themselves. Moeller puts it this way:

The game of baseball has been around for nearly 150 years and players have been policing themselves and taking revenge into their own hands within the confines of the game since the beginning. Rarely does someone get injured as a result of this almost chivalrous code of justice. There are limits to it… But Utley’s slide happened in a culture of instant outrage and 24-hour sports coverage. Viewers and sports commentators now over-analyze every play of every game.  Social media has accelerated the race to seize the moral high ground whenever a ‘controversy’ erupts in the culture.  In this climate, there is no more room for nuance or the old customs of an all-men’s sport. Instead, we have frenzied mobs on Twitter and the ladies on The View calling the sport ‘barbaric.’

So did baseball discover victim culture, or did it discover baseball – and proceed to wreck what Moeller and other fans love so much about the sport: the chivalry, the tradition, the strong “unwritten rules?” Moeller notes that, “in a culture quick to locate victims and demand ever more regulations to protect them, even our national pastime isn’t safe.”

Moeller undersells the point, though, and in so doing he misses the obvious – nothing is safe.