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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 35)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
4 .264 0 0 0 0 .283 0.0
Birth Date12-17-1978
Height6' 1"
Weight200 lbs
Age35 years, 10 months, 4 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
5.92010
3.62011
2.72012
3.42013
4.52014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2003 PHI 24 43 152 134 13 32 10 1 2 50 11 22 6 1 0 21 2 0 .239 .322 .373 .243 2.0 2.0 0.4
2004 PHI 25 94 287 267 36 71 11 2 13 125 15 40 2 2 1 57 4 1 .266 .308 .468 .274 14.4 3.1 1.7
2005 PHI 26 147 628 543 93 158 39 6 28 293 69 109 9 7 0 105 16 3 .291 .376 .540 .307 50.5 1.5 5.3
2006 PHI 27 160 739 658 131 203 40 4 32 347 63 132 14 4 0 102 15 4 .309 .379 .527 .304 65.5 -6.6 5.7
2007 PHI 28 132 613 530 104 176 48 5 22 300 50 89 25 7 1 103 9 1 .332 .410 .566 .321 64.8 5.2 6.9
2008 PHI 29 159 707 607 113 177 41 4 33 325 64 104 27 8 1 104 14 2 .292 .380 .535 .312 55.5 1.6 5.7
2009 PHI 30 156 687 571 112 161 28 4 31 290 88 110 24 4 0 93 23 0 .282 .397 .508 .319 65.8 7.5 7.4
2010 PHI 31 115 511 425 75 117 20 2 16 189 63 63 18 5 0 65 13 2 .275 .387 .445 .317 48.7 7.4 5.9
2011 PHI 32 103 454 398 54 103 21 6 11 169 39 47 14 2 1 44 14 0 .259 .344 .425 .291 24.9 8.5 3.6
2012 PHI 33 83 362 301 48 77 15 2 11 129 43 43 12 6 0 45 11 1 .256 .365 .429 .286 21.7 4.1 2.7
2013 PHI 34 131 531 476 73 135 25 6 18 226 45 79 5 5 0 69 8 3 .284 .348 .475 .292 28.7 2.6 3.4
2014 PHI 35 155 664 589 74 159 36 6 11 240 53 85 13 9 0 78 10 1 .270 .339 .407 .288 34.3 6.9 4.5
Career147863355499926156933448228268360392316960488613918.285.370.488.302476.743.953.2

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2000 BAT A- 0 173 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .352 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 CLR A+ 122 523 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 SWB AAA 125 534 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .293 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 PHI MLB 43 152 .243 .269 .334 .429 .265 .270 96 -2.8 4.0 -0.2 2.0 -0.2 2.0 0.4 2.0 0.4
2003 SWB AAA 113 490 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .358 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 PHI MLB 94 287 .274 .261 .328 .416 .259 .269 99 4.5 8.5 -1.2 3.1 2.2 14.4 1.7 14.4 1.7
2004 SWB AAA 33 144 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .330 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 PHI MLB 147 628 .307 .264 .328 .410 .260 .315 101 31.6 18.1 -1.3 1.5 0.6 50.5 5.3 50.5 5.3
2006 PHI MLB 160 739 .304 .270 .340 .437 .270 .343 98 36.8 22.3 -1.3 -6.6 4.3 65.5 5.7 65.5 5.7
2007 PHI MLB 132 613 .321 .265 .335 .422 .261 .362 104 41.5 18.2 -0.9 5.2 3.6 64.8 6.9 64.8 6.9
2007 REA AA 3 11 .125 .250 .317 .368 .246 .125 114 -1.6 0.3 -0.1 0.0 0.0 -1.3 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
2008 PHI MLB 159 707 .312 .262 .330 .418 .264 .301 98 39.5 20.4 -1.1 1.6 -0.5 55.5 5.7 55.5 5.7
2009 PHI MLB 156 687 .319 .264 .334 .423 .267 .300 97 42.9 19.8 -0.9 7.5 3.0 65.8 7.4 65.8 7.4
2010 PHI MLB 115 511 .317 .260 .329 .403 .269 .288 93 29.7 14.1 -0.6 7.4 2.0 48.7 5.9 48.7 5.9
2010 CLR A+ 4 13 .286 .268 .312 .386 .259 .300 93 0.4 0.4 -0.1 -0.1 -0.3 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
2011 PHI MLB 103 454 .291 .254 .321 .394 .264 .269 93 13.9 12.2 -0.6 8.5 0.9 24.9 3.6 24.9 3.6
2011 CLR A+ 9 36 .270 .264 .324 .385 .252 .320 105 0.4 1.1 -0.2 -0.9 -0.0 1.2 0.0 1.2 0.0
2012 PHI MLB 83 362 .286 .251 .314 .393 .255 .261 99 9.2 9.9 -0.5 4.1 2.9 21.7 2.7 21.7 2.7
2012 CLR A+ 9 38 .227 .264 .334 .395 .256 .148 109 -1.4 1.1 -0.5 0.3 0.1 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2012 LEH AAA 1 5 .463 .290 .356 .405 .273 .500 94 1.1 0.1 0 -0.0 0.0 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2013 PHI MLB 131 531 .292 .250 .311 .385 .256 .305 104 16.3 14.0 -0.7 2.6 1.6 28.7 3.4 28.7 3.4
2013 REA AA 2 9 .023 .249 .318 .379 .256 .000 105 -2.2 0.2 0 -0.1 -0.0 -1.9 -0.2 -1.9 -0.2
2014 PHI MLB 155 664 .288 .248 .308 .379 .258 .295 97 17.4 17.1 -0.9 6.9 2.8 34.3 4.5 34.3 4.5

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2000 BAT A- 173 21 47 13 1 2 22 18 23 5 3 .307 .387 .444 .137 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 CLR A+ 523 65 120 25 2 16 59 37 88 19 8 .257 .327 .422 .165 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 SWB AAA 534 73 122 39 1 17 70 46 89 8 3 .263 .355 .461 .198 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 SWB AAA 490 80 139 26 2 18 77 41 75 10 4 .323 .395 .517 .195 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 PHI MLB 152 13 32 10 1 2 21 11 22 2 0 .239 .322 .373 .134 .243 2.0 2.0 0.4
2004 SWB AAA 144 23 35 8 1 6 25 18 29 4 2 .285 .376 .512 .228 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 PHI MLB 287 36 71 11 2 13 57 15 40 4 1 .266 .308 .468 .202 .274 14.4 3.1 1.7
2005 PHI MLB 628 93 158 39 6 28 105 69 109 16 3 .291 .376 .540 .249 .307 50.5 1.5 5.3
2006 PHI MLB 739 131 203 40 4 32 102 63 132 15 4 .309 .379 .527 .219 .304 65.5 -6.6 5.7
2007 REA AA 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .100 .182 .100 .000 .125 -1.3 0.0 -0.1
2007 PHI MLB 613 104 176 48 5 22 103 50 89 9 1 .332 .410 .566 .234 .321 64.8 5.2 6.9
2008 PHI MLB 707 113 177 41 4 33 104 64 104 14 2 .292 .380 .535 .244 .312 55.5 1.6 5.7
2009 PHI MLB 687 112 161 28 4 31 93 88 110 23 0 .282 .397 .508 .226 .319 65.8 7.5 7.4
2010 CLR A+ 13 1 3 0 2 0 1 1 2 0 0 .250 .308 .583 .333 .286 0.1 -0.1 0.0
2010 PHI MLB 511 75 117 20 2 16 65 63 63 13 2 .275 .387 .445 .169 .317 48.7 7.4 5.9
2011 CLR A+ 36 4 9 2 0 1 4 3 6 1 0 .281 .361 .438 .156 .270 1.2 -0.9 0.0
2011 PHI MLB 454 54 103 21 6 11 44 39 47 14 0 .259 .344 .425 .166 .291 24.9 8.5 3.6
2012 LEH AAA 5 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 .400 .400 1.000 .600 .463 1.3 -0.0 0.1
2012 PHI MLB 362 48 77 15 2 11 45 43 43 11 1 .256 .365 .429 .173 .286 21.7 4.1 2.7
2012 CLR A+ 38 3 5 0 0 1 5 3 5 1 0 .156 .263 .250 .094 .227 -0.3 0.3 -0.0
2013 REA AA 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .023 -1.9 -0.1 -0.2
2013 PHI MLB 531 73 135 25 6 18 69 45 79 8 3 .284 .348 .475 .191 .292 28.7 2.6 3.4
2014 PHI MLB 664 74 159 36 6 11 78 53 85 10 1 .270 .339 .407 .138 .288 34.3 6.9 4.5

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2007 13 0.3846 0.5385 0.7143 0.8000 0.3750 1.0000 0.3333 0.2857
2008 2665 0.5021 0.4384 0.8526 0.5800 0.2946 0.9201 0.7187 0.1474
2009 2789 0.4869 0.3638 0.8462 0.5155 0.2194 0.9171 0.6879 0.1538
2010 1967 0.4840 0.3920 0.8521 0.5452 0.2483 0.8979 0.7579 0.1479
2011 1750 0.4943 0.4059 0.8746 0.5850 0.2305 0.9289 0.7402 0.1254
2012 1402 0.4943 0.3871 0.8727 0.5527 0.2243 0.9504 0.6855 0.1273
2013 2016 0.5015 0.4194 0.8308 0.5460 0.2915 0.9203 0.6621 0.1692
2014 2509 0.4898 0.4215 0.8704 0.5972 0.2523 0.9305 0.7337 0.1296
Career151110.49310.40480.85570.56010.25340.92230.71210.1443

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-07 2014-04-10 DTD 3 2 - General Medical Illness - -
2013-05-21 2013-06-21 15-DL 31 28 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2012-03-26 2012-06-27 15-DL 93 76 Left Knee Recovery From Cartilage Injury Patellar Chondromalacia - -
2012-02-28 2012-03-26 Camp 27 0 Left Knee Cartilage Injury Patellar Chondromalacia - -
2011-09-08 2011-09-15 DTD 7 7 - Head Concussion HBP - -
2011-03-22 2011-05-22 15-DL 61 45 Right Knee Recovery From Inflammation Patellar Tendinitis -
2011-02-27 2011-03-22 Camp 23 0 Right Knee Inflammation Patellar Tendinitis -
2010-06-29 2010-08-17 15-DL 49 43 Right Thumb Surgery Torn Ligament 2010-07-01
2010-05-17 2010-05-19 DTD 2 2 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2010-03-17 2010-03-24 Camp 7 0 General Medical Illness Virus -
2009-10-07 2009-10-07 DTD 0 0 General Medical Fatigue Admits Being Fatigued Late In Season -
2009-09-05 2009-09-06 DTD 1 1 Right Foot Contusion -
2009-05-05 2009-05-06 DTD 1 1 Right Foot Contusion Bone -
2009-05-03 2009-05-04 DTD 1 0 Right Foot Contusion Bone -
2009-05-01 2009-05-01 DTD 0 0 Right Foot Contusion -
2008-11-24 2008-11-24 Off 0 0 Right Hip Surgery Debridement and Bony Lesion 2008-11-24
2008-07-28 2008-07-28 DTD 0 0 Right Hip Soreness Said To Be Playing Through Pain From GM -
2007-07-27 2007-08-27 15-DL 31 28 Right Hand Surgery 4th Metacarpal 2007-07-07
2006-08-22 2006-08-23 DTD 1 1 Ankle Sprain Player Collision -
2004-09-09 2004-09-11 DTD 2 2 Right Fingers Laceration Tip of Middle Finger -
2002-08-12 2002-09-05 Minors 24 0 Left Ankle Sprain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 PHI $2,000,000
2015 PHI $10,000,000
2014 PHI $15,000,000
2013 PHI $15,285,714
2012 PHI $15,285,714
2011 PHI $15,285,714
2010 PHI $15,285,714
2009 PHI $11,285,714
2008 PHI $7,785,714
2007 PHI $4,785,714
2006 PHI $500,000
2005 PHI $345,000
2003 PHI $300,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$86,144,998
2011Current$15,000,000
11 yrPvs + Cur$101,144,998
2 yrFuture$12,000,000
13 yrTotal$113,144,998

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 27 dArn Tellem7 years/$85M (2007-13)

Details
  • 2 years/$27M (2014-15)+2016-18 options. Signed extension with Philadelphia 8/8/13. 14:$15M, 15:$10M, 16-18:$15M vesting options ($2M buyout for 2016). 2015 salary increases by $5M to $15M with 15 days or less on disabled list in 2014 with knee injury. Options guaranteed with 500 plate appearances in previous season. If an option fails to vest, it becomes a club option valued between $5M and $11M based on days spent on disabled list in previous season. Award bonuses, including $50,000 for All-Star selection. Full no-trade clause.
  • 7 years/$85M (2007-13). Signed extension with Philadelphia 1/07 (avoided arbitration, $6.25M-$4.5M). $2M signing bonus, 07:$4.5M, 08:$7.5M, 09:$11M, 10:$15M, 11:$15M, 12:$15M, 13:$15M. Award bonus: $50,000 for All-Star. Limited no-trade protection, upgraded through most favored nation provision allowing Howard to block deals to 21 clubs, matching limited no-trade clause extended to Cliff Lee in Dec. 2010).
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2006). Renewed by Philadelphia 3/06.
  • 1 year/$0.345M (2005). Renewed by Philadelphia 3/05 (split contract).
  • 1 year (2004). Optioned to Triple-A 4/04. Recalled 6/04.
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2003). Contract purchased by Philadelphia 11/02. Optioned to Triple-A 4/03. Recalled 4/03. Optioned 5/03. Recalled 8/03.
  • Drafted by Philadelphia 2000 (1-15) (UCLA). $1.78M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 587 81 145 26 4 21 80 66 81 15 2 .292 .390 .488 .314 50.1 2B 7 6.2
80o 570 76 137 25 4 20 76 62 81 14 2 .280 .377 .469 .303 43.0 2B 7 5.4
70o 558 73 131 24 4 19 73 59 80 14 2 .272 .368 .456 .296 38.0 2B 7 4.8
60o 548 70 126 23 4 18 70 57 80 13 2 .266 .360 .444 .289 33.9 2B 6 4.4
50o 539 68 121 22 4 17 67 55 80 13 2 .259 .352 .434 .283 30.2 2B 6 4.0
40o 530 65 116 21 3 17 65 53 79 12 2 .253 .345 .423 .277 26.6 2B 6 3.6
30o 520 63 111 20 3 16 63 50 79 12 2 .246 .337 .412 .271 22.8 2B 6 3.1
20o 508 60 105 19 3 15 60 48 78 11 2 .239 .327 .399 .263 18.6 2B 6 2.7
10o 491 56 98 18 3 14 56 45 77 10 2 .228 .314 .381 .253 13.0 2B 6 2.0
Weighted Mean5416812322418685580132.260.354.436.28530.92B 64.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
1% 26% 7% 11% 92%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
2015366237713326416706110012.246.337.398.2713.525.41.24.113.96.37.1
20163760173127233166655989.242.329.387.2653.222.20.83.714.92.76.8
201738614711242331564501027.227.308.362.2492.112.50.53.714.9-6.67.0
2018394685596172125038784.232.311.370.2522.012.90.32.714.9-5.05.3
201940616701252231463501044.229.308.358.2471.910.70.33.314.9-7.97.0
20204156463113203125546962.225.306.345.2421.57.50.22.914.9-10.66.4
202142622671202031258481101.218.295.330.2331.02.50.43.014.9-15.97.1
20224325027499142219440.218.297.324.2320.3-0.30.21.114.9-16.62.8
202344629661171931055501170.210.292.311.2270.6-1.70.52.714.9-19.97.2

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
38.527.322.312.35.43.5105.9

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 72)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 85 Carlos Guillen 2011 .222
2 81 Brian Roberts 2013 .269
3 80 Joe Morgan 1979 .275
4 79 Hideki Matsui 2009 .289
5 79 Todd Helton 2009 .310
6 78 Ray Durham 2007 .231
7 77 Aramis Ramirez 2013 .288
8 77 Al Kaline 1970 .298
9 77 Gary Sheffield 2004 .309
10 77 Mike Lowell 2009 .254
11 76 Orlando Hudson 2013 .000 DNP
12 76 Scott Rolen 2010 .302
13 76 George Brett 1988 .326
14 76 Chipper Jones 2007 .345
15 76 Luis Gonzalez 2003 .307
16 75 Barry Larkin 1999 .273
17 75 Carl Yastrzemski 1975 .270
18 75 Nomar Garciaparra 2009 .245
19 75 Carlos Beltran 2012 .296
20 75 Aubrey Huff 2012 .246
21 75 Magglio Ordonez 2009 .269
22 74 Bobby Abreu 2009 .284
23 74 Rocky Colavito 1969 .000 DNP
24 74 Vladimir Guerrero 2010 .277
25 74 Carlos Lee 2011 .293
26 73 Rafael Furcal 2013 .000 DNP
27 73 J.D. Drew 2011 .234
28 73 Mark Ellis 2012 .263
29 73 Travis Hafner 2012 .287
30 73 Kosuke Fukudome 2012 .222
31 72 Wade Boggs 1993 .273
32 72 Edgar Martinez 1998 .332
33 72 Mike Sweeney 2009 .276
34 72 Rickey Henderson 1994 .296
35 72 Bernie Williams 2004 .268
36 72 Paul Konerko 2011 .314
37 72 Johnny Damon 2009 .285
38 72 Trot Nixon 2009 .000 DNP
39 72 Miguel Tejada 2009 .272
40 71 Moises Alou 2002 .262
41 71 Willie Harris 2013 .000 DNP
42 71 Lyle Overbay 2012 .251
43 71 Sid Gordon 1953 .319
44 71 Cliff Floyd 2008 .283
45 71 Mark Loretta 2007 .243
46 71 Billy Williams 1973 .287
47 71 Minnie Minoso 1961 .298
48 70 Rod Carew 1981 .296
49 70 Lou Whitaker 1992 .302
50 70 Shawn Green 2008 .000 DNP
51 70 Marco Scutaro 2011 .267
52 70 Oscar Gamble 1985 .257
53 70 Stan Musial 1956 .300
54 70 Frank Catalanotto 2009 .259
55 70 Mark DeRosa 2010 .197
56 70 Monte Irvin 1954 .281
57 70 Derek Jeter 2009 .288
58 70 Paul Molitor 1992 .317
59 70 Pete Rose 1976 .309
60 70 Melvin Mora 2007 .255
61 69 Eddie Murray 1991 .270
62 69 Doug Mientkiewicz 2009 .317
63 69 Rafael Palmeiro 2000 .294
64 69 Paul O'Neill 1998 .304
65 69 Lance Berkman 2011 .346
66 69 Derrek Lee 2011 .266
67 69 Brian Downing 1986 .317
68 69 Todd Walker 2008 .000 DNP
69 69 Ron Fairly 1974 .281
70 68 Jorge Posada 2007 .324
71 68 Don Buford 1972 .247
72 68 Kevin Millar 2007 .274
73 68 Ronnie Belliard 2010 .243
74 68 Larry Walker 2002 .318
75 68 John Olerud 2004 .251
76 68 Randy Winn 2009 .250
77 68 Rusty Staub 1979 .259
78 68 Shannon Stewart 2009 .000 DNP
79 68 Jose Cruz Jr. 2009 .000 DNP
80 68 Frank Thomas 2003 .321
81 68 David Justice 2001 .263
82 68 Gabe Kapler 2011 .000 DNP
83 67 Michael Young 2012 .241
84 67 Ty Wigginton 2013 .156
85 67 Barry Bonds 2000 .363
86 67 Luke Scott 2013 .281
87 67 Torii Hunter 2011 .277
88 67 Pat Burrell 2012 .000 DNP
89 67 Ramon Hernandez 2011 .268
90 67 Tony Gwynn 1995 .305
91 67 Kevin Mitchell 1997 .213
92 67 Keith Hernandez 1989 .251
93 67 Matt Lawton 2007 .000 DNP
94 67 Harold Baines 1994 .276
95 66 Raul Ibanez 2007 .293
96 66 Nick Punto 2013 .236
97 66 Casey Blake 2009 .307
98 66 Eric Chavez 2013 .284
99 66 Adam Kennedy 2011 .232
100 66 Mark Grace 1999 .294

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .240 .335 .420 .274
11 vs R (Multi) .294 .368 .484 .306
18 Split (Multi) .054 .034 .064 .032
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .245 .324 .430 .276
31 vs R (2013) .302 .360 .495 .307
38 Split (2013) .057 .037 .065 .031
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 The Utley of the last two years is likely the one we should expect to see the rest of the way, at least in terms of ceiling with his rate statistics. As with Rollins, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it feels that way because of the player Utley used to be. Though teammates Howard and Rollins won MVP awards in 2006 and '07, Utley was the Phillies' best player both years. Hardware or not, Utley has been one of the top players of his generation, and the skills are intact for him to ease into the twilight of his career. Health is a major concern after three years of 115 games or fewer, but the 1:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and capable power keep him among the best at his position per plate appearance. A pair of sub-.270 BABIP seasons might also be some misfortune ready to regress, though that number has been declining yearly since 2007, so perhaps his days of .300 BABIP are behind him.
2012 Last season was the worst of Utley’s career, the first time in five years he missed the All-Star game, and the shortest since his breakout as a regular. The last of those is thanks to knee inflammation that knocked him out for the first 45 games of the season. Utley is the type of player that wants to play through every injury, so there is no guarantee that the patellar tendinitis that forced him under the knife won’t jump back up to nip him again. The Phillies owe him $30 million over the next two seasons, but even a pair of seasons like 2011 would be just about enough to make Utley worth it. But given the composition of the Phillies roster—clearly designed to win in the short term—the Phillies have to hope for more than this. Whether he’s up to it is a secret held by Utley and his orthopedic surgeon.
2011 Maybe this is how grown men come to devote several weeks each year trying to convince a small cadre of baseball writers to validate the career of a ballplayer they’ve never met. Maybe this is how players who were once at the pinnacle of the game get locked out of the Hall of Fame. Consider the flukes of circumstance that have made Utley a perennial MVP bridesmaid; the biomechanics that gave him uncharacteristic yips during the playoffs and the myopia of observers who, for perhaps the only time in the history of baseball, have criminally underrated a tough-as-nails dirty-uniform guy. Might Utley's days of unrecognized glory now give way to injury-plagued thirtysomething seasons? Make no mistake—Utley is still the Phillies' best position player, but his power is starting to seep away and injuries have begun to sap his durability. If he emerges from his peak with fewer than 200 home runs and no MVP awards, will the BBWAA remember that Utley was one of the 10 or so best second basemen of all time? One possible hint: second baseman Joe Gordon did win an MVP award but still had to wait 59 years for his plaque.
2010 Despite never winning any major hardware, Utley has totaled 37.9 WARP3 since 2005, leading not only all Phillies players but everyone not named Pujols. He earns his status as perhaps the second-best overall player in the game by combining defensive wizardry at the keystone, a good eye, gap power, and efficient baserunning. As he displayed during this past World Series, he can turn on any pitch from any pitcher, regardless of opposing handedness. His installation as a full-time starter, delayed until he was 26, precludes our waxing poetic about his Hall of Fame chances, but Utley has been the best player at his position for half a decade by a fairly wide margin. Second basemen tend to decline more rapidly than players at other positions, but it seems that only injuries could derail his dominance for the next few seasons (he ducked one bullet by coming back in good form from hip labrum surgery); even then, Utley could decline for years (a la Sandberg) and wind up being incredibly valuable for almost all of it.
2009 Utley has essentially become this generation's Bobby Grich, the player who'd so good that it should be impossible to overlook him, the sort of player whose gifts in the field and basic baseball intelligence should matter to people like the MVP voters who are supposed to see beyond the impressive counting stats. But because he's merely quietly excellent on a team loaded with more overstated talents, like Grich, the risk is that people will forget how much he's the single most important position player in the organization. How critical a role he plays could be made plain by his variable timetable for coming back from hip surgery in November; if it's four months, he won't miss much of the regular season, but if it's six, it might almost be June before he's making his impact on the Phillies' fortunes.
2008 The reason that Chase Utley is even cooler than you think: in his first major league exposure, 439 plate appearances split over the 2003 and 2004 seasons, he batted .257/.313/.436, drawing just 25 unintentional walks. That's a pace for about 40 walks in a 700-plate appearance season. His minor league rates were a little better, but with a discount applied for the greater difficulties of major league pitching, it was safe to conclude, yes, that's all there is. Almost magically, Utley became more selective, seeing more pitches per plate appearance and upping his walk rate. In 2004 he hit .200 against lefties, in 2005 he hit .219. Again, he got better, hitting over .300 against them in both '06 and '07. This is the rare player who actually grew on the job. The only blemish on his season was a month missed after a John Lannan pitch broke his hand. He should be an MVP candidate again in 2008.
2007 In our 2006 edition, we used this space to talk about how Utley needed to be given a chance hit against left-handers in order to learn how to hit them. The previous season had been the first when he was allowed to play regularly against lefties, and we weren`t worried that he only hit .219 against them; it was a learning experience. Utley proved to be a good student, hitting .301 off of them last year and filling in the last hole in his game. He didn`t have quite the same power against them as he did against right-handers, which explains the slight drop in his slugging average, but you can safely buckle up and enjoy several seasons` worth of stardom from here on out. The inheritor of Mark Grace`s slow white guy/smart baserunner mantle, you won`t see him make many mistakes as far as the chances he takes.
2006 In his breakout season, Utley improved his hitting against lefties and swiped 16 bases in 19 tries. While his .219 BA will still cause some to write that he can`t cope with southpaws, his .469 slugging percentage, seven homers, and 25 walks in 125 ABs show he`s learned enough to be dangerous against them. The Phils should never have benched Utley against lefties on the presumption he couldn`t hit them. The best way to ensure that a young left-handed hitter won`t be an everyday player is to prevent him from getting the experience he needs to learn to hit southpaws. The team had both Placido Polanco and David Bell on the roster--Bell cost so much that they had to play him, Polanco was too good to not play, and Ed Wade was too stubborn to make a trade if he couldn`t hornswoggle someone else. As a result, only 57 of Utley`s 403 ABs in 2003-04 were versus left-handers.
2005 The Phillies are believers in Utley, citing his improved defense at second base and the ungodly number of RBI that he accumulated in the big leagues (57 in 267 at-bats, a rate that exceeded Thome's). We're believers too, though we could care less about the RBI and would like to see Utley refine his pitch selection. Utley is not going to be a star, but second base is a thin position and his extra-base power should provide the Phillies with a competitive advantage. Polanco's unexpected return might seem to cripple Utley's fantasy value, but it's not the disaster that it may seem; Utley should still get the lion's share of at bats against right-handed pitchers, and he's posted a pretty big platoon split in his brief time in the bigs.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)How good is McCutchen? And, do you think he has a shot at the Hall of Fame years from now?
(Kevin from Iowa)
It’s so hard to say anyone that young will be a Hall of Famer, but there are only a handful of guys in the majors who have the start to a career that even makes it possible and yes, he’s one of them. Longevity will be key, but he has a profile that should age nicely. A second MVP this season, which is a strong possibility, will certainly help, as would another playoff appearance (which sadly go hand in hand, and shouldn’t).

On a personal note, he is one of my three favorite players in the game to watch, along with Chase Utley and Mike Trout. (Jeff Moore)
2014-06-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)What sort of moves would you make through the end of the season if you were running the Phillies?
(Dave M. from Philadelphia)
If I were running the Phillies, I'd sell everything that isn't nailed down. So would you, I'm guessing. It's obviously what needs to be done. They're awful, they're really old, they're expensive, and their minor league system needs almost as much help as their major league team does. So sell sell sell sell. Clearly sell. But the thing about the Phillies is I'm not running them and neither are you. The interesting question is what will Ruben Amaro do? Or what will the ever-silent Phillies ownership do? And for that I have no answer.

I'll say this additionally to throw a wrench in the works: if I'm running the Phillies, I don't want Amaro as the one in charge of tearing down the franchise. As lousy as the Phillies are, they do have some desirable players that could bring value from other teams. Do you want Amaro to be the one dealing with Billy Beane while trading Chase Utley to the A's? If you're a Phillies fan maybe that's the real danger. (Matthew Kory)
2014-05-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)25 February 2014 Team A trades $9 JJ Hardy and $10 Brian Dozier to Team B for $38 Justin Verlander Contract years are the same for all players. Team A was willing to give up 43 middle infield home runs in order to get Verlander, letting Team B off a pre-auction high salary hook. Dynasty league with salary inflation to kick in next year, normal $260 limit at auction. Unlimited keepers so long as under the salary limit. Now the team that traded for Verlander wants to trade him back to the same owner. It’s clearly a dump trade. One thing that is bothersome besides the fact that we’re about two months before normal dumping time is that the dumping Team A is in THIRD PLACE in a league of 15 teams: #3 Team A trades $38 Justin Verlander and $12 Chase Utley to #1 Team B $1 Jose Fernandez and $1 Jedd Gyorko As a commissioner, would you allow this trade or call for a vote?
(TeamPineTar from KC)
As commissioner, the first thing I would do is eliminate trade vetoes. (Bret Sayre)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)What does it mean to have a long swing?
(Alex from Kansas)
A long swing is basically when the bat enters the hitting zone late and exits early. There are a lot of causes for it, but it's easier to show examples than tell. See if you can't find a side clip of Chase Utley versus someone like Dan Uggla. The differences in bat path should be evident. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are the three mechanical things you look for in pitchers? Hitters?
(Billy from Ocean)
With pitchers, I look for arm speed and the ability to repeat his mechanics. I'm not a mechanics guru like some of the guys we have here, but what I do want to see is the ability to have the same mechanics every single time. We can't project injuries anyway so unless they're really bad, they don't concern me too much. If you can't repeat them, however, you can't throw strikes. You can do a lot of things wrong, as long as you do them every time.

For hitters, i want to see bat-speed and the ability to create backspin on the ball. You can refine the swing but you can't teach bat speed. Some guys have great swings but underwater bat speed. You can't help that guy. Backspin is what creates more power. When the ball has backspin off the bat, it carries. That's how small guys like Chase Utley hit for so much power. Bat speed and backspin. (Jeff Moore)
2013-06-27 13:15:00 (link to chat)Do you agree with Dave Cameron that Chase Utley to the A's makes too much sense to NOT happen?
(Michael from CA)
Haven't read Dave's piece, since it went up just as I started chatting, but it seems to me that the biggest obstacle in the way of Chase Utley going to any one particular team is the other teams that it might also make sense for him to be traded to. Most trades that make sense don't happen. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Morosi's prediction for PHI to finish ahead of ATL?
(BOO-URN from parts unknown)
It seems silly, though last year at this time if you told me the Phillies were going to be a .500 team I would have thought you were huffing chemicals. Realistically, the Phillies would need a lot to go right for this to happen. If Roy Halladay returns to Cy Young form, then maybe the Phillies are an 87 win team. At that point, some combination of a breakout by Dom Brown or Darin Ruf, a full, healthy, and productive season by Ryan Howard or Chase Utley and something resembling a 2-3 win season from Delmon Young or Michael Young could make it happen. But it seems to be asking a lot for all of things to happen in 2013. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Profar's power upside that of a Chase Utley?
(rangerfans2 from Fort Worth)
I don't think Profar will hit 30+ home runs at the major league level, but he should develop game power as he continues to physically mature and could end up hitting 20+ at some point. (Jason Parks)
2012-08-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Neil Walker, is he for real?
(redguy12588 from Pittsburgh)
I asked BP's John Perrotto a similar question a few weeks ago and he assured me that, yes, it is in fact real, citing adjustments in his approach that Walker has made this year. I wouldn't count on him being much better than this (.290/.352/.451), and it is his age-26 season, but will he be a solid second baseman for the foreseeable future? I think so. Just don't expect him to turn into the next Chase Utley. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you think the NL East will play out this year? Phillies are still considered top in the division, but do you the Miam or Atlanta will come in at 2? And are the Nationals as good as they think they are?
(Tom from State College)
Particularly because of the impact of losing both Chase Utley and Ryan Howard for considerable lengths of time - both absences are open-ended at this writing - I think the NL East is really up for grabs. It's not difficult to envision scenarios by which Braves, Marlins, and/or Nationals could challenge them. Personally, I think it's the Nats who will rise up out of the fray - I really like what they've done with their rotation, which is much deeper than that of the Marlins, who are up the creek if Josh Johnson isn't right. I'm not a huge fan of the Braves' offense, so I think they could underperform relative to the expectations of a team which just missed the playoffs last year.

My browser is acting very buggy. Going to restart... (Jay Jaffe)
2012-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you think the NL East will play out this year? Phillies are still considered top in the division, but do you the Miam or Atlanta will come in at 2? And are the Nationals as good as they think they are?
(Tom from State College)
Particularly because of the impact of losing both Chase Utley and Ryan Howard for considerable lengths of time - both absences are open-ended at this writing - I think the NL East is really up for grabs. It's not difficult to envision scenarios by which Braves, Marlins, and/or Nationals could challenge them. Personally, I think it's the Nats who will rise up out of the fray - I really like what they've done with their rotation, which is much deeper than that of the Marlins, who are up the creek if Josh Johnson isn't right. I'm not a huge fan of the Braves' offense, so I think they could underperform relative to the expectations of a team which just missed the playoffs last year.

My browser is acting very buggy. Going to restart... (Jay Jaffe)
2011-02-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Every player's a five tool player although some tools are better than others. That said, let's try for established players, CarGo, Shin-Soo, David Wright, and Nelson Cruz. David Wright, Colby Rasmus, and Chase Utley might qualify.
(Bob from Seattle)
Yes siree, Bob! I'll keep that in mind, but mostly I just wanted to say that to someone actually named Bob. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-01-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have you ever looked into the effect of players that are criminally overlooked by voters for seasonal awards (e.g. Chase Utley most recently but also Trammell for instance) or All Star selections and how this is then sometimes held against them when it comes to the Hall of Fame?
(Aaron from YYZ)
I think this bias is already reflected in the Bill James Hall of Fame Monitor and Hall of Fame Standards metrics, a system that's ripe for a much closer look than anyone has given them in years. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much does Lee improve the Phillies odds of taking the NL East? Something like from 50% to 80%? I realize the effect is dramatic, but people are acting like this essentially gives them the division. That's a team with a lot of aging players, including a pitching staff that's logged a TON of innings over the past few seasons. Am I crazy to think that the regular season is still worth playing?
(mravery from Raleigh)
Of course it is. The Phillies are perhaps one major Chase Utley injury away from offensive mediocrity, and examples like the '84 Pirates or the 2010 A's serve as useful reminders that winning the league's ERA title doesn't automatically put you in the postseason. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-11-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Chase Utley: HOF?
(Tony from Albuquerque)
I'm skeptical, not because peak Chase Utley isn't a Hall-caliber player but because he didn't really establish himself in the majors until age 25, or top 110 games until age 26. He'll be 32 next month and he has less than 1,100 hits. Nobody with less than 2,000 hits whose career began in the expansion era (1961 onward) has ever been voted in by the writers. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-11-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hello Jay! Please keep up the great work! :) Since it is getting colder and colder outside, it becomes that much easier to stay inside and daydream about baseball. I have two questions: 1.) While you've probably answered this before, who are some players you think will surprise us at the end of their careers as solid Hall of Fame candidates (Chase Utley could be on this path). 2.) LOVED your evaluating managers book! Are you planning to write another book anytime? Is anyone else at BP publishing anytime soon? Thank you again! Have a great Thanksgiving!
(Stacy from Springfield, IL)
Stacy, while I appreciate the kind words, that was my unrelated namesake Chris Jaffe who did the managers book. I have a book project of my own on the back burner, and coming from BP publishing are the 2011 annual and a Joe Sheehan collection. Your first question is a good one for the basis of an article, I think, so I'm going to save it for a day I can answer it without looking at the clock.

Two more questions because I literally do have a plane to catch. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-03-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)With second basemen tending to hit that early cliff, do you think Chase Utley is the player we've come to expect this season?
(Will Bailey from Washington)
Yes. Late starter, very adept around the bag. He's more Jeff Kent than anything else, and he'll be good for a long time. (Joe Sheehan)
2010-03-15 16:00:00 (link to chat)Why not. Who are your preseason top 5 in the AL and NL MVP races?
(Cheese from DC)
In the NL, it's a 3 horse race between Albert Pujols, Chase Utley (someone give the man an MVP!), and Tim Lincecum. Although I'm a fan of keeping pitchers out of the MVP award...

In the AL: it's predictable and boring, but A-Rod is healthy... in the non-Yankee division? Victor Martinez? I'm trying desperately to come up with names that weren't in the top 7 of last year's ballot so I can appear hip and trendy. The sad truth is that if you want a pre-season top 5, look at the post-season top five from last year. (Russell A. Carleton)
2010-02-17 16:00:00 (link to chat)Fantasy Keeper question: Which six do you like the best for this coming year? Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Troy Tulowitzki, Nelson Cruz, Felix Hernandez, Yovanni Gallardo, Clayton Kershaw, Tommy Hanson, and Clay Buchholz. Right now, I would say Howard, Utley, Tulo, Felix, Hanson, and Gallardo. But I am having a tough time deciding and was wondering if you could throw in your two cents. Have a great day Tommy !!
(Lopecci from Cubicle City)
Assuming traditional 5x5, I'd say Howard, Utley, Tulo, Felix, Cruz, Kershaw. But at the end there it's pretty close. Oh, and you too! (Tommy Bennett)
2010-01-14 16:00:00 (link to chat)In terms of perfection, isn't there a saying, those who live in glass houses should not throw stones? Who's your favorite past and current ML'er?
(Gary from Also a pyschologist)
I'm taking it as a personal mission to get Chase Utley an MVP award at some point. I grew up thinking that Joe Carter was the greatest human being ever. Yay Cleveland! (Russell A. Carleton)
2010-01-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Gordon Beckham still has a chance of being "the right handed version of Chase Utley" that the White Sox thought he was going to eventually become? Seems lofty to me, but it's lofty to compare anyone to maybe the 2nd best player in the game.
(scott from chicago)
I do think at Utley comp is pretty risky, but I do think he's the kind of guy who is going to sell a ton of jerseys in Chicago. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-01-12 18:30:00 (link to chat)Is there any chance that Matt Wieters outproduces Brian McCann this season, or am I a few years away? And how good do you think Adam JOnes can be?
(John from NJ)
Per Lloyd Christmas's experiences with Mary Swanson, there's always a chance. But I would bet against that type of occurrence next season. Wieters should easily outplay his 2009 self next season but McCann is probably second to Chase Utley on the list of most underappreciatedly awesome players in the game. Adam Jones, jury is still out on him for me. Too small of a defensive sample to call him poor, but he could end up being offensively similar to Shane Victorino as easily as he could be a .365/.520 player. (Eric Seidman)
2009-12-29 15:00:00 (link to chat)You mentioned Blyleven as one of those guys who weren't considered HoF-worthy by the general public while they played but majority sees them that way now. Who do you see among currently active players as as a possible surprise HoF inductee some day (or at least a controversial also-ran)?
(Klaus from Berlin)
Chase Utley. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Phillies will be sorry if they trade ______ for Doc Halladay.
(Neil from NJ)
Chase Utley. Provided they could get Halladay to sign an extension, there is no Philly prospect who should be untouchable. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)More ridiculous recipient of an MVP vote this year, Placido Polanco or Jeremy Affeldt?
(brian from brooklyn)
More ridiculous is Chase Utley falling out of the top five. (Eric Seidman)
2009-10-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who is your favorite player on the Phillies?
(SteveJeltzPhanClub from Santa Barbara, CA)
Chase Utley. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Most underappreciated season this year?
(dtwhite from Toronto)
Javier Vazquez or Chase Utley. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Beckett, Verlander, Lincecum and Halladay have all had rough patches the last couple of weeks. Its a funny game. What's your current favorite "its a funny game" oddity?
(ekanenh from Capitol City)
Well, the unassisted triple play to end the game against the game's unluckiest team this year is up there. I've also attended two games where 2Bs dropped pop-ups for runs, the Luis Castillo game and Monday's Mets game, where Chase Utley gave Angel Pagan a Little League home run. Then there's Adam Eaton being forced to bat and drawing a walk in the middle of a game-winning rally...OK, too long. I guess it's time for...

...lightning round! (Joe Sheehan)
2009-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe: What player(s) (non-Pujols division), if any, with less than 10 years of MLB service could retire at the end of this season and be a pretty good bet for the HoF? (If Albert pulled a Jim Brown, he would still be a shoo-in, right?)
(Matt from Chicago)
Tough call. Does Miguel Cabrera get a look? I don't think any pitchers do. Chase Utley on peak value? (Joe Sheehan)
2009-05-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Chase Utley at NL 2B the easiest of the All-Star picks? I mean, even Adrian Gonzalez is giving "some" sort of competition to Pujols. But Utley is just far above everyone, isn't he? Is he still somehow the most underrated player in baseball?
(Taco from Philly)
Pujols, although Utley is up there. You can't not pick the best player in baseball, no matter what the other guys are doing. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any updates or prognosis on Chase Utley? When he's back, would you expect huim to be limited physically like with some wist/hand/thumb injuries, or all the way back?
(dbiester from Brooklyn)
Utley's doing some drills and running, but isn't 100%. I think he should be close to his goal of playing on Opening Day, but until we get to see him play, it's very hard to guess how it will affect him. I think a bit less running, but I'm more concerned with whether it alters his swing any or gets in his head. (Will Carroll)
2008-11-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Joe, Keith Law in his chat yesterday declared Chase Utley to be the best player in baseball, better than Pujols. Considering Pujols out-VORPed Utley 96-62 this year and is a GG defender at first (screw what the vote says) is it safe to say that KLaw is off his rocker on this one?
(Henry from Princeton)
You also have to screw what the vote says on Utley, who according to at least one metric (+/-, by BIS), was the best defensive player in baseball this year. I disagree with Keith's conclusion, but you know, I think he's a lot closer to the truth than the mainstream opinion of Utley, which wouldn't have him anywhere near the discussion. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)I don't have a strong interest in either World Series team. Can you outline some reasons to root for each team?
(Andy from Gettysburg College)
Well, first, you can root for the baseball season to last seven more games instead of the minimum four. Second, there are good storylines here, some of which are kind of obvious, such as the 1969 Mets-like rise of the Rays. The Phillies are also a generally downtrodden franchise with a whole bunch of fun players like Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Cole Hamels, and Brad Lidge. (Steven Goldman)
2008-05-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)So Joe. We're a month in, and shockingly, the Mets haven't clinched the East yet. Do the Phillies have a shot at 75 wins this year? They've had their best April in recent memory, and have done so without Rollins and Victorino for the last 3 weeks, and with Ryan Howard looking more and more like dead in the water Mo Vaughn. Is it time to possibly start giving them their respect after basically writing them off before the season even started?
(Ryan from Philly)
And with Chase Utley hitting like Rogers Hornsby, and Pat Burrell and Jayson Werth over their heads. It all counts, Ryan. Romero, Lidge and Durbin have a 32/22 K/BB and a collective ERA under 1.00. The Phillies are 15-13, +11, which is basically the team I thought they were. They'll be in the hunt, and probably fall short when the pitching does. Lovely park, though. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-03-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can the case be made to draft Chase Utley in the top four of a keeper league draft? While ARod, Wright, Reyes, Hanley, Pujols, and Santana are available. It seems every good 2B is being kept.
(StBonaAlum from Albany, NY)
You just made the case. 2B is already among the scarcest position, but at that stage, take a look at how much of a drop in production you're really taking. I'd guess the algebra isn't going to give you the expected answer. (Will Carroll)
2008-03-18 17:00:00 (link to chat)What sort of numbers do you think Pujols will put up this year? Who will challenge him among National League hitters?
(Tim W. from Austin)
I see no reason why his EqA won't be in the high .320s/low .330s, regardless of his troubles. One of the men most capable of challenging him is now in Detroit. The departure of Miguel Cabrera to Detroit makes him a bit safer, but Ryan Braun can challenge. If Chipper Jones approximates his 2007 and stays healthy, he's right there in MLVr with Pujols. Ditto Matt Holliday and Chase Utley. (Jim Baker)
2008-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any idea how PFM for a 6x6 league (walks included) ranks Brian Roberts 15 spots ahead of Chase Utley? That seems pretty crazy to me.
(Brent from Raleigh)
PFM loves scarcity, and Roberts' ability to steal bases is a huge asset that Utley can't match. But you might want to use the version of PFM that uses Standings Gain Points (SGP), which tends to damp down the emphasis on stolen bases (and other scarce categories) to some extent. (Nate Silver)
2008-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should I go for the steady production of a Matt Holliday or Chase Utley or the enormous upside with Ryan Braun, if I want to win this year? And for the next three years?
(Will Thompson from Fullerton, CA)
I'd go in that order, but in three years, I'm not sure Braun isn't one of the top five hitters in the game. (Will Carroll)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneRob (Morton): For the record, the "you are the man" sign is because of Harry Kalas. He used that phrase for Chase Utley, though.

Sorry make-a-sign lady. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneGood to see that Chase Utley's hair gel is in peak postseason form. (Ben Lindbergh)
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveChase Utley's hair was an extra in the Farrell-Foxx version of Miami Vice, I think. (Will Carroll)
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveI think no one has won WS MVP losing a series that didn't go seven, but isn't Chase Utley the runaway guy right now? (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-28 17:00:002009 WS Game OneDoes Chase Utley have a car dealership? He looks like that kind of guy, like John Elway. With this economy, what's the equivalent of the car dealership for athletes now, or do they even need it with their contracts?

There's an interesting sociological question - where are the guys who signed the biggest contract of their day? Ryne Sandberg is a minor league manager. Kirby Puckett has passed, but would surely be in the Twins org doing something. Who else? (Will Carroll)
2009-10-28 17:00:002009 WS Game OneChase Utley: About to be less underrated by Earth.

Steven, to answer your question, it's cold and damp. I checked out because I didn't feel like live-testing the saturation point of an Inspiron 9300.

Worse is no monitors up here. I still don't know what happened in the fifth. (Will watch the whole thing again from home, anyway.)

I'm at the World Series. You could sit me between Carrot Top and a random corpse and I'd be fine. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-28 17:00:002009 WS Game OneJust curious, how highly rated was Chase Utley as a prospect? I know he skipped a level (AA?) but was he ever a top five guy? (Will Carroll)
2009-10-28 17:00:002009 WS Game OneChase Utley just got tattos all over his body? (John Perrotto)
2009-10-28 17:00:002009 WS Game OneChase Utley just channeled Josh Hamilton. Wow, how far did that fly? (Will Carroll)
2009-10-16 13:00:00NLCS Game Two/ALCS Game OneAnd Vicente Padilla gets through the first on nine pitches, with a lone single by Chase Utley the sole blemish. Good start for the Dodgers. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)twinkies25 (MN): So, do you guys think that Chase Utley or Dan Haren will get any consideration for MVP and Cy Young? (not that they deserve them, but they both had fantastic years). The only thing seperating them from those awards are The Machine and The Freak (no offense for Cardinal and Giant fans, I love them as much as you do!!)

I tend not to worry so much about mid-ballot finishes. I do take umbrage with certain voters, for instance, leaving Halladay off of their ballot/out of the top three, but in the NL Haren shouldn't be in the top three, and Pujols is certainly the MVP, which isn't up for debate. Utley is definitely the most valuable Phillies player, but his MVP chances are nowhere near the same as, say, Wainwright or Carpenter winning the Cy over Lincecum. (Eric Seidman)
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game FourSo, for all the words I've expended about the NL MVP race, and how the first baseman isn't the most valuable guy on the right side of the infield, the last 15 minutes made the case better than I ever could.

Defense matters. Real defense, not reputation. Chase Utley can play the position. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game Four"George (New York): I thought Chase Utley grew up in California. Why does FOX portray him as a country bumpkin?"

Probably his choice of college.
(Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesSabathia blows away Chase Utley with 96 mph gas inside to get the huge second out.

I bet he does the same to Howard here. (Kevin Goldstein)
 

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