Former Phillies Second Baseman Chase Utley Will Retire
In recent weeks we have seen former Phillies Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth announce that they will call it a career. The next name from the 2008 Phillies did the same. The difference is that he will play the remainder of the season. According to many published reports, former Phillies second baseman Chase Utley will retire at season's end.
Earlier today, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced that Utley would hold a press conference this afternoon. After much speculation, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported the year-end retirement plan.
Utley agreed to a two-year $2 million contract prior to the 2018 season.
Had it been an immediate retirement, Utley could have joined his former 2008 World Series teammates in the August 4 10-year reunion. Other than Utley, Cole Hamels of the Texas Rangers, Ryan Madson of the Washington Nationals and J.A. Happ of the Toronto Blue Jays remain active in the major leagues from the 2008 team.
Utley is currently batting .231 with one home run and 14 runs batted in for the Dodgers.