Chase Utley Signs Extension
It was a brisk afternoon on April 24, 2003 when Chase Utley wrote the first chapter in his legendary Philadelphia Phillies career, recording a grand slam as his first hit in the MLB in a 9-to-1 beat down of the Colorado Rockies. This was just the beginning for Utley; he soon became the Phillies’ full-time second baseman and a star throughout the majors. Utley entered the final year of his contract in 2013, and it was unclear if the fan-favorite would be wearing red and white pinstripes the following season. Now it’s official: Utley and the Phillies have agreed to a two-year, $27 million contract extension with multiple vesting options, securing the second base position at Citizens Bank Park until at least the end of the 2015 season. The Phillies drafted Utley 15 overall in the 2000 MLB Draft before calling up the California prospect in 2003. Utley has only played within the Phillies organization, and throughout his 11-year MLB career he’s accumulated 214 home runs, 1,361 hits and recorded a .287/.374/.500 batting line.
In addition to helping lead the Phillies to a 2008 World Series Title, three straight NCLS berths from 2008 to 2010 and back-to-back World Series appearances in 2008 and 2009, Utley has earned several accolades of his own. A lefty at the plate, Utley is a five-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger award winner. During his peak from 2005 to 2009, and before being hampered by knee injuries, Utley averaged 29 home runs, 101 RBIs and a .301 batting average per season. Utley has always been a fan of Franklin batting gloves and throughout his entire career he’s stuck with one in particular, the Pro Classic. Offering a seamless feel on any bat in all-weather conditions the Pro Classic provides Utley with the comfort and confidence he needs to stare down opposing pitchers and consistently deliver at the plate.
A consummate professional, Utley continues his storied career in a Phillies uniform. Everyone at Franklin Sports and throughout the city of Philadelphia looks forward to watching Utley continue to perform at a high level as a mainstay in the Phillies organization.
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