8. Chase Utley
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: December 17, 1978 in Pasadena, CA USA
  • Weight: 195 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 04, 2003
  • Final Game: October 02, 2016
  • Silver Slugger - 2006
  • TSN All-Star - 2006
  • Silver Slugger - 2007
  • TSN All-Star - 2007
  • Silver Slugger - 2008
  • Silver Slugger - 2009
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Chase Utley put together a very impressive career with the Philadelphia Phillies, but did so in such a non-descript way that we have to wonder just how many people outside of Philadelphia knew just how good Utley was.

The sabremetricians certainly knew.  From 2005 to 2009 Utley was either third or second in bWAR for Position Players, though he never finished higher than seventh in MVP voting.  He had six seasons (including one where he finished first) where he was in the top ten in Defensive bWAR, though he never won a Gold Glove.  This is not meant to make it sound like Utley was disrespected.  He was a six-time All-Star, five of which were voted by the fans, but in terms of traditional metrics, he was not a major factor to be a league leader.  The only one he did finish first was in Runs Scored (2006) but his Slash Line in Philadelphia of .282/.366/.481 is more than respectable as his 233 Home Runs; especially for a Second Baseman!

The fact that Utley’s peak and the Phillies multiple playoff appearances coincided are not an accident.  Philadelphia won the World Series in 2008 and got there largely because of Utley’s regular season.  He would actually have an incredible 2009 World Series, one that saw him tie the record for Home Runs in the Fall Classic but as the Phillies were on the losing side of that series the accomplishment is not as celebrated as it should be. 

Hopefully we are helping turn the tide on the Chase Utley bandwagon!

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Second Base
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 15th Overall in the Amateur Draft 6/5/00.
  • Departed: Signed as a Free Agent by the Los Angeles Dodgers 9/9/15.
  • Games Played: 1551
  • Notable Statistics: 949 Runs Scored
    1,623 Hits
    346 Doubles
    49 Triples
    233 Home Runs
    916 RBI
    142 Stolen Bases
    .282/.366/.481 Slash Line
    62.0 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (2008)

    All Star (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2014)

    Highest Defensive bWAR (2008)

    Most Runs Scored (2006)

    Most Times Hit by Pitch (2007, 2008 & 2009)

    Highest Stolen Base Percentage (2009)

    Most Putouts by a Second Baseman (2006, 2008, 2009 & 2014)

    Most Assists by a Second Baseman (2008 & 2014)

    Most Total Zone Runs by a Second Baseman (2008 & 2010)

    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Second Baseman (2008, 2010 & 2014)
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