Chase Utley Named National League All-Star for Sixth Time
As expected, Chase Utley was announced as a member of the National League All-Star team Sunday afternoon.
Chase was named to the team for the sixth time in his career.
Utley was voted in as a starter by the fans, pulling down the most votes of any National League second baseman. This has added significance for him seeing that he is the only representative for the Phillies this season.
"Obviously, I'm honored to represent the Phillies and the National League," Utley stated. "It's going to be a lot of fun."
For Utley, heading to the All-Star game during the break was becoming a routine. However injuries have derailed his all-star game appearances the past few seasons, so it's nice for Chase to get back once again.
"It's been a number of years since I've been able to participate. Everyone knows I had some issues over the last few years. It's nice to know that over time that the hard work has paid off," he said.
The 35-year-old is hitting .286 in 84 games with six home runs, 40 RBIs, a .345 on-base percentage and a .433 slugging percentage.
"He was outstanding for the first six weeks of the season, hitting .340 and tearing the cover off the ball," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He did taper off some in June, but his overall steadiness and defense have picked up. I think if you look at what's he's done this season, he's deserving of going to the All-Star Game."