Thursday, August 08, 2013

Utley's a lifetime Phil, the fans were ready to say goodbye


Chase Utley inks a deal that could pay him up to $75M for 5 years


Today was a momentous day in Phillies history, not only did the Phillies whip up on the Chicago Cubs at home by a score of 12-1 to kind of start to put an end their terrible streak after the All-Star Break in 2013, the Phillies also re-signed Chase Utley to a contract extension that could perhaps have him in a Phillies uniform for his whole career.

The trade deadline has come and gone, and to many writers and fans surprise, the Phillies didn't really move anybody this year when a lot of people thought that the Phils would be moving a veteran or two. Polls at Philly.com had most fans ready to say goodbye to Chase and bring in Cesar Hernandez, so much for fan/player loyalty. It's not only Chase Utley but apparently a lot of fans were even ready to part ways with Jimmy Rollins in the same poll.

The Phillies management felt different about Chase though, and that of course is what matters in the game of baseball, your popularity with the fans may come and go, but it's management that makes the decisions and today the Phillies top brass announced the deal, that has been in the works for several weeks now.

Just a couple short years ago though, people were talking about Chase in the terms of would he ever be healthy enough to play baseball again, and his knees were both so badly worn out, that it could be the end of his playing days. He didn't play a game in Spring Training in 2011, Chase reported to camp but couldn't suit up and went a long time before he even acknowledged that there was a major problem. There's been other times with Utley's injuries as well, his hip and his thumb to name a few, so he hasn't been all that healthy the last few years but this team has made an investment in him and they aren't about to send their investment down the road anytime soon.


Chase Utley by the numbers for his career: (not counting today)

Year Age Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS
2003 24 PHI 43 134 13 32 10 1 2 21 .239 .322 .373 .696
2004 25 PHI 94 267 36 71 11 2 13 57 .266 .308 .468 .776
2005 26 PHI 147 543 93 158 39 6 28 105 .291 .376 .540 .915
2006 27 PHI 160 658 131 203 40 4 32 102 .309 .379 .527 .906
2007 28 PHI 132 530 104 176 48 5 22 103 .332 .410 .566 .976
2008 29 PHI 159 607 113 177 41 4 33 104 .292 .380 .535 .915
2009 30 PHI 156 571 112 161 28 4 31 93 .282 .397 .508 .905
2010 31 PHI 115 425 75 117 20 2 16 65 .275 .387 .445 .832
2011 32 PHI 103 398 54 103 21 6 11 44 .259 .344 .425 .769
2012 33 PHI 83 301 48 77 15 2 11 45 .256 .365 .429 .793
2013 34 PHI 84 311 49 86 16 5 15 43 .277 .337 .505 .842
11 Yrs 1276 4745 828 1361 289 41 214 782 .287 .374 .500 .874
162 Game Avg. 162 602 105 173 37 5 27 99 .287 .374 .500 .874
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/8/2013.

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