Chase Utley to announce he'll retire at end of 2018

Rex Christensen
July 14, 2018

Chase Utley plans to hold a news conference Friday in Los Angeles to announce that he will retire at the end of the 2018 season, sources told ESPN. He was arguably the game's best second baseman during the bulk of his 16-year career, but his role has shrunk from starter in 2016 to platoon player in 2017 to part-time starter and pinch-hitter in 2018.

Utley recently came off the disabled list with the Dodgers with a thumb injury suffered during the Phillies series. Utley is hitting.231 with one home run this season. Utley signed a two-year deal with Los Angeles last offseason.

Utley was the soft-spoken leader of the 2008 team, and his pending retirement comes shortly after teammates Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth announced their retirements leading up to the 10th-anniversary celebration of the World Series.

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For his career, Utley hit.282 against the Mets, with 39 home runs, and 197 hits, the most he amassed against any team.

Utley had an incredible knack of getting on base, especially with getting hit by a pitch.

He has appeared in three World Series, five National League Championship Series and eight National League Division Series.

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