Chase Utley won't be able to hurt the Mets anymore. It will be his last.
Phillies legend and current Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley is holding a press conference Friday afternoon in Los Angeles. This season, Utley was hit by a pitch for the 200th time in his career, becoming only the eighth player all-time to be hit by 200 career pitches. He's a.276 hitter with 259 career major league home runs. He is renowned for his base-stealing ability, with 153 steals in 175 attempts.
Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to the plate during the fifth inning against Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on April 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. He led the National League in that category three times. Utley was suspended for Games 3 and 4 of the series.
A six-time All-Star, Utley played 13 of his seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies and helped them win a World Series title in 2008. But his role has been reduced from starter in 2016 to platoon player past year to part-time starter and pinch-hitter this season.
Utley, 39, has appeared in only 57 games this season, hitting.231 with one home run and 14 RBI. He will become the third member of the 2008 Phillies World Series team to announce his retirement this year, joining Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth.
Born in nearby Pasadena, Utley played at Long Beach Poly High and UCLA.