A consistent figure in the National League, Chase Utley has announced his plans to retire from the MLB following the 2018 season. Utley and the Los Angeles Dodgers made a joint announcement earlier this afternoon.
After 16 MLB seasons, Utley is hanging up the glove. Ironically, Utley was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but turned down the offer to join the UCLA Bruins.
Eventually, Utley made his way to the Philadelphia Phillies. His first hit as a professional was a grand slam.
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Utley won a World Series with the Phillies in 2008. He made his mark on the game, despite never finishing higher than seventh in MVP voting.
Utley is one of five second basemen with 400 doubles and 250 HR all-time, placing him with Robinson Canó, Jeff Kent, Ryne Sandberg and Joe Morgan. He leaves the game as a six-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger Award-winner.
If he doesn’t play another game, Utley will finish with over 1,800 hits, 259 home runs, and was hit by a pitch 201 times during his career (eighth-most in the history of the MLB).