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.
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.
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.
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.
October 30, 2008 |
It could have been the play that turned the World Series - if Chase Utley hadn't been alert. Go back to the top of the seventh inning, just after Rocco Baldelli hit his game-tying, into-the-wind, momentum-stopping, oh my Lord, maybe they're not destined to win this thing home run. Shortstop Jason Bartlett, up next for Tampa Bay, singled to left field. The crowd at Citizens Bank Park turned tense as J.P. Howell sacrificed Bartlett to second. Two outs. Akinori Iwamura hit one up the middle.
March 5, 2006 |
The Phillies clubhouse at Bright House Networks Field is a little quieter these days. Chase Utley is with Team USA. Bobby Abreu and Tomas Perez are with Venezuela. Rheal Cormier, Scott Mathieson and Aaron Myette are with Canada. Robinson Tejeda and Eude Brito are with the Dominican Republic. And there's a single player each with Panama and Australia. But while the Phillies are missing nine of their players in big-league camp (plus a minor-leaguer) for the World Baseball Classic, Bright House never had as much energy and noise as yesterday, where the Phillies played the Venezuelans in a split-squad exhibition.
June 27, 2012 |
Chase Utley was asked about the chronic knee condition that threatens the remainder of his career and, like all great athletes for whom confidence is a vital tool in the arsenal, he said he would beat it. "I think I can overcome this, without a doubt," Utley said. "I have pride in how I play, the way I play, and that's not going to change. " He meant it when he said it, and he said it on Feb. 23 in the Phillies' spring-training complex in Clearwater, Fla. Well, here it is, with July crowding June, and Utley still hasn't played an inning of major-league baseball this season.
April 15, 2010 |
With shortstop Jimmy Rollins landing on the disabled list, manager Charlie Manuel and the Phillies' players fielded a lot of questions before Wednesday's game about how the offense would perform without its leadoff man. So far, the answer is even better. "Jimmy is a tremendous player, but that's part of what you go through," Manuel said. "You've got to make the best out of it you possibly can. " The 21st century version of the Big Red Machine continued to pummel opponents en route to a 14-7 victory over the Washington Nationals before a sellout crowd of 45,438, the seventh largest to see a regular-season game in the seven-year history of Citizens Bank Park.