Today, our Baseball Dad was given his unconditional release. Kikés dad, Chase Utley, can officially retire.
Today, the #Dodgers gave Chase Utley his unconditional release to facilitate his official retirement.
— AlaNNa Rizzo (@alannarizzo) November 10, 2018
End of An Era
On top of being the late 2000’s last active (or last relevant) Philadelphia Philly, Chase Utley’s Dodger career comes to a close. He had so many huge hits throughout his career, many with the Phillies, some with the Dodgers. More than that, Chase Utley will forever be remembered for his hard-nosed style of play. His style of play inspired a rule change with his name bearing it for God’s sake. He’ll also be remembered for his leadership (and fatherhood to our younger players) and example.
Hall of Very Good?
In his illustrious career he totaled 259 home runs, 1025 RBI’s, 1885 hits, and a Fangraphs war of 63.2. This WAR number typically puts him on the borderline for Hall of Fame candidacy, but only time will tell.
Chase obviously wants to spend more time with his family. Dodger fans have clamored for him to be a Dodger coach since he announced he was retiring, but even if he wants to, it’s not likely to happen for a few years. Dodger fans and all of Dodgers Nation wish him a happy retirement, and a heartfelt thanks for the memories.
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