At a press conference in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium at 5:15 PM CDT, Chase Utley announced his retirement at the end of the 2018 season.
Utley is 39-years old and has spent the last 16 years of his life in the majors. Utley has played for two teams during his 16-year career, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Most of his career was spent in Philadelphia, where he had his best seasons. Not including his half-year in 2015, Utley had a slash line of .285/.370/.488 with 228 home runs, 886 RBIs and 139 stolen bases (Baseball-Reference.com). His years in Los Angeles, were not as good and to spare everyone, I won’t even share his slash line.Regardless, from the years of 2005-2010, Utley was arguably the most successful second baseman in all of MLB. At .298/.388/.523, he was only eight hits short of 1,000 during that span.
Some of his accolades include six All-Star appearances, four Silver Slugger awards, and one World Series Championship (2008).Despite his likeability and above average seasons, Utley is an unlikely candidate for the Hall of Fame. With that said, if an ‘honorable mention’ category existed in the hall, he would be there.Utley was born in Pasadena, CA and, ironically, was initially drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1997 only to sign with the Phillies in 2000. The Dodgers will be playing the Phillies in Philadelphia the 23rd-25th in what will likely be an emotional goodbye for Phillies fans.
We can only hope that Utley’s last year will be fulfilling for him (and for the Dodgers).
I for one am excited to see what teams come up with as retirement gifts for him as we have seen so often with tenured MLB players. Do you have a favorite Chase Utley moment? Let us know in the comments!
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