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July 13, 2018

Chase Utley announces plan to retire at the end of 2018 season

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Former Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley.

Chase Utley was never one for speaking to the media, not unless it was absolutely necessary. So when news came down early Friday afternoon that the former Phillies and current Dodgers second baseman had called a previously unscheduled pre-game press conference prior to his team's game against the Angels, it didn't matter much that the topic of said press conference was unknown. 

Everyone already knew — it was the only logical explanation. Utley, a likely future Hall of Famer and one of the best to ever wear red pinstripes, was planning on calling it a career. All that was left to figure out was whether or not that retirement would be effective immediately. As it turns out, it will not, as Utley announced his intentions of playing out the year before retiring at the end of the season, his 16th in the major leagues. 

"There's obviously a lot of speculation as to why I, of all people, would call a press conference. Well, I just wanted to say that I've signed a five-year extension with the Dodgers," Utley said with a laugh in front of a room full of media members and teammates. "On a serious note, I think everybody pretty much has it figured out, but at the end of this year I'm going to retire. And I'm excited about that opportunity."

Utley said the biggest reason for his decision is the desire to spend more time with his family.

"The one thing you can't do part time, you can't be a part-time dad," he said. "I'm ready to be a full-time dad."


A six-time All-Star and key member of the 2008 team that went on to become world [expletive] champions, Utley has posted some pretty impressive numbers, especially during his 12.5 seasons with the Phillies.

YR TM R 2B HR RBI BA OPS
2003 PHI 13 10 2 21 .239 .696
2004 PHI 36 11 13 57 .266 .776
2005 PHI 93 39 28 105 .291 .915
2006 PHI 131 40 32 102 .309 .906
2007 PHI 104 48 22 103 .332 .976
2008 PHI 113 41 33 104 .292 .915
2009 PHI 112 28 31 93 .282 .905
2010 PHI 75 20 16 65 .275 .832
2011 PHI 54 21 11 44 .259 .769
2012 PHI 48 15 11 45 .256 .793
2013 PHI 73 25 18 69 .284 .823
2014 PHI 74 36 11 78 .270 .746
2015 PHI/LAD 37 21 8 39 .212 .629
2016 LAD 79 26 14 52 .252 .716
2017 LAD 43 20 8 34 .236 .728
2018 LAD 15 8 1 14 .231 .644
TOT 16 Y 1100 409 259 1025 .276 .825
PHI 13 Y 949 346 233 916 .282 .847
LAD 4 Y 151 63 26 109 .239 .703

Stats via baseball-reference.com

What won't show up on the stats sheets are the plays like this one, which might be one of my favorite baseball highlights of all time.

And, of course, he was also the man.


Phillies fans will still have a chance to see Utley play, as the Dodgers are set to visit Philadelphia for a three game set later this month (7/23-7/25). 


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