Chase Utley, one of the last couple players from the Philadelphia Phillies 2008 world series team still playing, has announced that he will retire following the end of the Dodgers season.
Chase Utley will definitely be known for his time in Philadelphia considering he played 13 of his 16 career seasons there. He also had his best season in Philly where he absolutely tore up the Major Leagues in 2007 with his batting average. He batted an incredible .332 with 22 home runs and 103 RBIs. Yet, his best season was arguably in 2006. That year, he collected over 200 hits with 204, batted .309 and crushed 32 home runs while racking up 102 RBIs.
Utley has definitely had a fantastic career. In his career, he batted .276 with an OPS of .825. He’s collected 1,881 hits, 259 home runs and 1,025 RBIS. He’s won the silver slugger award 4 times, not to mention it was 4 years in a row from 2006-2009. He’s also a 6x MLB All-star, 2x NL player of the month and has finished in the top 10 for MVP voting 3 times.
I know this generation is consumed with the WAR stat so i’ll throw some of those numbers out there too. He led the league in 2008 in defensive war at 3.5 and for his career his defensive war is at 18.3, which is 4th best among active players and 66th in MLB history. His offensive war, 51.5, sits at 9th among active players and 160th all-time and his overall war of 65.6 sits 5th best among active players and 136th all-time.
The question now becomes, does Utley make it to Cooperstown? Although I really want to say yes because he was such a great player for a period of time, I will have to guess that he won’t make it in. His career numbers are good, but I don’t think they are great and good enough to get him into the Hall-of-Fame. At this point, we just have to wait and see though.
Utley will definitely be missed in the MLB by many fans from across the United States. Happy retirement, Chase Utley!
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