Chase Utley BioChase Cameron Utley (born December 17, 1978) is a Major League Baseball second baseman who played most of his 16 year career for the Philadelphia Phillies. In August of 2015, he agreed to be traded to the L.A. Dodgers in the midst of a heated pennant race. On July 13, 2018, Utley announced his intention to retire after season.
Batting left-handed, but fielding right-handed, Chase was a product of the Phillies' farm system, having played with the Batavia Muckdogs (A-Short Season) in 2000, the Clearwater Phillies (A, now the Clearwater Threshers) in 2003, and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons (AAA) in 2002-03. Although Utley mainly played second base during his time in the minor leagues, the Phillies organization attempted to convert him into a third baseman in order to bring him through the winter faster. Consequently, he spent most of the 2002 season at third base, returning to second at spring training in 2001.
He made his major league debut in April 2003 with a single pinch at-bat in which he struck out. In his first major league start, Utley recorded his first major league hit, a grand slam, before later being returned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was recalled by the Phillies again in August 2003 to replace Plácido Polanco at second base. (Polanco was moved to third to compensate for the loss of third baseman David Bell to the disabled list.) Utley recorded the final at-bat at Veterans Stadium by grounding into a game-ending double play on September 28, 2003.¹
From 2005-2008, Chase ran off four 100 RBI seasons. In 2009, he came close with 93. Here are his stats for his four hundred RBI seasons.
Chase Utley's 100 RBI Seasons YEAR TEAM LG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA 2005 PHL NL 147 543 93 158 39 6 28 105 69 109 16 3 .291 2006 PHL NL 160 658 131 203 40 4 32 102 63 132 15 4 .309 2007 PHL NL 132 530 104 176 48 5 22 103 50 89 9 1 .332 2008 PHL NL 159 607 113 177 41 4 33 104 64 104 14 2 .292
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