Chase Utley, Bio
Born: 17th December 1978
Home: Long Beach, CA, USA
Chase Utley is the second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball. A fans’ favourite team leader Utley bats left-handed and throws right-handed. Since becoming a permanent fixture as the Phillies’ second baseman, Utley has demonstrated his versatility as a player and as an athlete. These days Utley is seen, along with with Jimmy Rollins as one of the best middle-infield combinations in the National League.
2006 was a break-out year for Chase. He began the season playing in the inaugural World Baseball Classic, as the starting second baseman for Team USA. The team didn’t win the gold, but Utley got the year off to a good start which carried into 2006.
He was a star baseball player at Long Beach Polytechnic High School before moving on to UCLA. In 2009 he was named # 6 on the Sporting News list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball. The list was compiled from a panel of 100 baseball people, many of them members of the Baseball Hall of Fame and winners of major baseball awards. He was the starter at second base for the National League All Star team. In 2009 Utley led the majors in hit by pitch, with 24. Utley also had a perfect stolen-base percentage in 2009, with 23 steals.
World Series Champion (2008)
4× All-Star selection (2006–2009)
4× Silver Slugger Award winner (2006–2009)
"This Year in Baseball Awards" Postseason Moment of the Year (2008)
Second baseman Chase Utley in action
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