Chase is “The Man” is he heading to Cooperstown after his career?
After Josh Beckett held us without a hit, securing the first no-hitter of his career and the first of the season, things were looking bleak for the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday after a 6-0 defeat against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The series finale also saw the boys lose an instant-replay challenge in the third inning at Citizens Bank Park. While the Phillies were under the impression that Chase Utley’s throw from second base on an attempted double play beat Andre Ethier to the bag, umpires said that the call stood.
However, it’s not all bad news for our team – in fact, second baseman Chase Utley is rumored to be heading for the Hall of Fame. ESPN’s Buster Olney recently took a look at the potential Hall of Fame credentials for the 35-year-old. When asked his opinion on the best player he’d seen lately, Olney replied: “Chase Utley,” justifying his comments with descriptions of how Utley has been getting to low pitches in a way that he hasn’t been able to achieve for years.
Utley was plagued by injuries from 2010 through to 2013, equivalent to almost one and a half full seasons. At his peak, he had been an All-Star in five straight seasons, finishing in the top 10 in the NL MVP voting three times.
“He was the best, most consistent offensive middle-infielder for a solid chunk of that decade,” added Olney. Utley’s career WAR stands at 59.6, and Olney believes that, given his triumphant return to baseball of late, he just needs two more great seasons to rival legends like Pee Wee Reese.
A future with the Yankees?
Of course, if Utley cannot make it into the Hall of Fame, all is not lost – he is also seeing interest from the New York Yankees. The Yankees, who stand at ninth place in the Fox Sports Power Rankings, don’t have second baseman Cesar Hernandez in the waiting, rumor has it that Utley could just be in with a chance.
After a disappointing week for the Phillies, betting sites like bettingsports.com will soon be turning to the future of the team’s best players rather than our overall performance. The Phillies would be wise to make their decision quickly as to the fate of one of their best players, whose life-long experience and consistent skill is a vital asset to a team such as the Yankees.