March 15, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Chase Utley slowly shuffled further off the bag at first base, and then, with a quick first step, broke for second base. But Domonic Brown fouled off the pitch. Utley retreated to first base. The scene played out again later in the at-bat. Utley broke, Brown fouled off, and Utley retreated. Brown ended up striking out in his sixth inning at-bat against Pittsburgh lefthander Andy Oliver. But when Darin Ruf took over in the batter's box, Utley continued his pursuit of second base.
April 3, 2013 |
ATLANTA - It was more than two hours before game time, and the first player to emerge in the visitors dugout at Turner Field was Chase Utley. The Phillies' five-time all-star second baseman was not going to miss this opening day. Not after missing the last two. Not after starting his preparation for this season almost immediately after the end of last season. There was a look in Utley's eyes Monday as he leaned on the dugout railing and awaited the team's stretch exercises in preparation for his first opening day since 2010.
August 31, 2012
THERE IS no question that Chase Utley taking ground balls at third base constitutes news, especially when you consider that Wednesday night's game between the Mets and Phillies featured two teams jockeying for position in next June's draft. But even if the veteran second baseman transforms himself into a modern-day Brooks Robinson, the impact that it will have on the organization's future is, at best, uncertain. The noncommittal attitude expressed by Utley and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. when they discussed the potential switch on Wednesday was not a case of two tight-lipped professionals downplaying reality.
June 19, 2014 |
A housecleaning still appears to be on the near horizon for the Phillies even as they hang within striking distance of first place in the National League's most mediocre division. "Well, I don't think they're going to be able to compete for a playoff spot this year, and I think they're slowly coming to that realization," a baseball scout said Tuesday. "Given the lack of depth in their upper minor-league system, I think they really need to move some guys and try to reload. " He is not alone in that opinion.
April 24, 2015 |
CHASE UTLEY stepped into the batter's box in the first inning of last night's game looking for his first hit in over a week. He still stepped up to the plate in his traditional third spot in the Phillies' batting order, because manager Ryne Sandberg has been pleased with Utley's approach, despite his ugly numbers through the first two weeks of the season. Utley entered the day hitting .109 (5-for-46). Among the 193 qualifying major league hitters, only Houston's Chris Carter (.089)
May 22, 2015 |
DENVER - Despite losing two of their last three games at Coors Field, splitting a four-game series with the Colorado Rockies, one of three teams in the National League with fewer wins than they have, the Phillies left the first leg of their 10-game, three-city trip in good spirits. The way they saw it, following a 7-3 defeat yesterday in Denver, they have still won seven of their last nine games entering the holiday weekend in Washington. Before yesterday, they had scored four or more runs in seven straight games, their longest such streak in four seasons.
June 27, 2012 |
Chase Utley led off the fourth inning with a solo home run in a rehab assignment appearance for Triple A Lehigh Valley against Rochester. Utley hammered a 1-2 fastball off reliever Esmerling Vasquez as the IronPigs have scored in every inning to this point and lead, 8-1. Utley, batting third, lined out in the first and singled in the second. He was called out on strikes to end the fifth inning with a man on second, and struck out swinging to lead off the 8th inning.
May 20, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Chase Utley found serenity here, at a baseball diamond named for a coach who accepted a $1 salary for 16 years to save his college's team from abolishment. Dante Benedetti Diamond is squeezed into the corner of a sleepy neighborhood at the edge of the University of San Francisco's campus. Large black netting prevents home run balls from littering Golden Gate Avenue. Two freshman dorms overlook the field from behind home plate. An undergraduate student stuck a cardboard cutout of Mitt Romney in the window, so the smiling politician is always watching baseball.
November 1, 2008 |
It was hardly on the scale of a wardrobe malfunction, but Chase Utley's dropping of the F-bomb on live TV and radio yesterday caused a stir among some Philadelphians. After proclaiming "World champions!" at the Phillies' celebration at Citizens Bank Park, the smiling second baseman leaned into the microphone and inserted a familiar two-syllable profanity between "world" and "champions. " The crowd loved it, erupting into cheers for several minutes. Local TV and radio stations covering the event live, however, were less amused.
October 11, 2010
Looking back to Game 2 and Chase Utley's maybe/maybe not hit-by- pitch. Derek Jeter did something similar during the regular season. Thereafter, both Utley and Jeter received some criticism from do-gooder types. I had no problem with it. I'm an if-you-ain't-cheatin'- you-ain't-tryin' kind of guy. Where do you two stand? That's not cheatin, it's craftiness, a prized trait in baseball since the days of High Pockets Kelly. It's only cheating if the other team does it. It's like when the day before a big Latin test I transcribed notes, as a studying aid, of course, onto my hand.