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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 40)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
325 .239 6 37 29 4 91 0.6
Birth Date12-17-1978
Height6' 1"
Weight195 lbs
Age40 years, 11 months, 1 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
-0.12015
0.92016
0.72017
0.02018
0.62019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2003 PHI 24 43 152 32 10 1 2 11 22 6 2 0 .239 .322 .373 87 -2.0 -0.2 3.0 0.5
2004 PHI 25 94 287 71 11 2 13 15 40 2 4 1 .266 .308 .468 101 0.8 2.2 3.5 1.3
2005 PHI 26 147 628 158 39 6 28 69 109 9 16 3 .291 .376 .540 126 20.1 0.6 2.7 4.1
2006 PHI 27 160 739 203 40 4 32 63 132 14 15 4 .309 .379 .527 120 23.1 4.3 -3.1 4.4
2007 PHI 28 132 613 176 48 5 22 50 89 25 9 1 .332 .410 .566 140 33.8 3.6 7.2 6.1
2008 PHI 29 159 707 177 41 4 33 64 104 27 14 2 .292 .380 .535 136 32.7 -0.5 -1.5 5.0
2009 PHI 30 156 687 161 28 4 31 88 110 24 23 0 .282 .397 .508 136 32.0 3.0 8.3 6.3
2010 PHI 31 115 511 117 20 2 16 63 63 18 13 2 .275 .387 .445 125 15.8 2.0 11.2 4.4
2011 PHI 32 103 454 103 21 6 11 39 47 14 14 0 .259 .344 .425 114 7.9 0.9 6.5 2.9
2012 PHI 33 83 362 77 15 2 11 43 43 12 11 1 .256 .365 .429 118 7.4 2.9 4.2 2.5
2013 PHI 34 131 531 135 25 6 18 45 79 5 8 3 .284 .348 .475 122 13.5 1.6 0.0 3.1
2014 PHI 35 155 664 159 36 6 11 53 85 13 10 1 .270 .339 .407 115 11.1 2.8 4.3 3.8
2015 LAN 36 34 141 25 9 1 3 10 29 6 1 0 .202 .291 .363 78 -3.0 -0.4 1.6 0.2
2015 PHI 36 73 282 54 12 1 5 22 35 4 3 0 .217 .284 .333 76 -6.8 -1.1 -2.0 -0.3
2016 LAN 37 138 565 129 26 3 14 40 115 11 2 2 .252 .319 .396 89 -6.4 -1.1 1.1 0.9
2017 LAN 38 127 353 73 20 4 8 32 57 9 6 1 .236 .324 .405 92 -2.4 2.0 -1.4 0.7
2018 LAN 39 87 187 35 10 1 1 17 34 5 3 1 .213 .305 .305 83 -3.3 1.9 -3.5 0.0
Career19377863188541158259724119320415422.275.358.465116174.224.542.045.9

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2000 BAT A- NYP 0 173 .000 .000 .000 .352 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 CLR A+ FSL 122 523 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 SWB AAA INT 125 534 .000 .000 .000 .293 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 PHI MLB NL 43 152 .269 .334 .429 .270 96 -2.8 4.0 -0.2 87 13 3.0 -0.2 -2.0 0.5
2003 SWB AAA INT 113 490 .000 .000 .000 .358 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 PHI MLB NL 94 287 .261 .328 .416 .269 99 4.5 8.5 -1.2 101 11 3.5 2.2 0.8 1.3
2004 SWB AAA INT 33 144 .000 .000 .000 .330 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 PHI MLB NL 147 628 .264 .328 .410 .315 101 31.6 18.1 -1.3 126 10 2.7 0.6 20.1 4.1
2006 PHI MLB NL 160 739 .270 .340 .437 .343 98 36.8 22.3 -1.3 120 7 -3.1 4.3 23.1 4.4
2007 PHI MLB NL 132 613 .265 .335 .422 .362 104 41.5 18.2 -0.9 140 11 7.2 3.6 33.8 6.1
2007 REA AA EAS 3 11 .250 .317 .368 .125 114 -1.6 0.3 -0.1 49 0 0.1 0.0 -0.6 0.0
2008 PHI MLB NL 159 707 .262 .330 .418 .301 98 39.5 20.4 -1.1 136 9 -1.5 -0.5 32.7 5.0
2009 PHI MLB NL 156 687 .264 .334 .423 .300 97 42.9 19.8 -0.9 136 8 8.3 3.0 32.0 6.3
2010 PHI MLB NL 115 511 .260 .329 .403 .288 93 29.7 14.1 -0.6 125 10 11.2 2.0 15.8 4.4
2010 CLR A+ FSL 4 13 .268 .312 .386 .300 94 0.3 0.4 -0.1 103 0 -0.4 -0.3 0.0 0.0
2011 PHI MLB NL 103 454 .254 .321 .394 .269 92 14 12.2 -0.6 114 9 6.5 0.9 7.9 2.9
2011 CLR A+ FSL 9 36 .264 .324 .385 .320 105 0.4 1.1 -0.2 105 0 -1.0 0.0 0.2 0.0
2012 PHI MLB NL 83 362 .251 .314 .393 .261 99 8.8 9.9 -0.5 118 11 4.2 2.9 7.4 2.5
2012 CLR A+ FSL 9 38 .264 .334 .395 .148 109 -1.4 1.1 -0.5 61 0 0.6 0.1 -1.4 0.0
2012 LEH AAA INT 1 5 .290 .356 .405 .500 93 1.1 0.1 0 85 0 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2013 PHI MLB NL 131 531 .250 .311 .385 .305 104 16.3 14.0 -0.7 122 11 0.0 1.6 13.5 3.1
2013 REA AA EAS 2 9 .249 .318 .379 .000 106 -2.2 0.2 0 29 0 -0.1 0.0 -0.8 -0.1
2014 PHI MLB NL 155 664 .248 .308 .379 .295 99 14.9 17.1 -0.9 115 6 4.3 2.8 11.1 3.8
2015 LAN MLB NL 34 141 .252 .315 .407 .237 93 -2.2 3.8 -0.2 78 10 1.6 -0.4 -3.0 0.2
2015 PHI MLB NL 73 282 .256 .315 .397 .227 96 -4.5 7.6 -0.6 76 10 -2.0 -1.1 -6.8 -0.3
2015 REA AA EAS 2 9 .263 .325 .387 .571 86 1.5 0.2 0 145 0 0.4 -0.5 0.2 0.0
2015 LEH AAA INT 1 4 .218 .289 .323 .667 101 1.1 0.1 -0.1 139 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0
2016 LAN MLB NL 138 565 .258 .324 .421 .299 90 8.8 16.0 -0.7 89 9 1.1 -1.1 -6.4 0.9
2017 LAN MLB NL 127 353 .255 .323 .427 .264 93 2.4 10.3 -1.3 92 9 -1.4 2.0 -2.4 0.7
2018 LAN MLB NL 87 187 .252 .318 .408 .262 96 -3.8 5.2 -0.2 83 10 -3.5 1.9 -3.3 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2000 BAT A- NYP 173 153 21 47 13 1 2 68 22 18 23 5 3 .307 .387 .444 .137 0 0
2001 CLR A+ FSL 523 467 65 120 25 2 16 197 59 37 88 19 8 .257 .327 .422 .165 1 1
2002 SWB AAA INT 534 464 73 122 39 1 17 214 70 46 89 8 3 .263 .355 .461 .198 0 0
2003 PHI MLB NL 152 134 13 32 10 1 2 50 21 11 22 2 0 .239 .322 .373 .134 1 0
2003 SWB AAA INT 490 431 80 139 26 2 18 223 77 41 75 10 4 .323 .395 .517 .195 0 0
2004 PHI MLB NL 287 267 36 71 11 2 13 125 57 15 40 4 1 .266 .308 .468 .202 2 1
2004 SWB AAA INT 144 123 23 35 8 1 6 63 25 18 29 4 2 .285 .376 .512 .228 0 0
2005 PHI MLB NL 628 543 93 158 39 6 28 293 105 69 109 16 3 .291 .376 .540 .249 7 0
2006 PHI MLB NL 739 658 131 203 40 4 32 347 102 63 132 15 4 .309 .379 .527 .219 4 0
2007 REA AA EAS 11 10 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 .100 .182 .100 .000 0 0
2007 PHI MLB NL 613 530 104 176 48 5 22 300 103 50 89 9 1 .332 .410 .566 .234 7 1
2008 PHI MLB NL 707 607 113 177 41 4 33 325 104 64 104 14 2 .292 .380 .535 .244 8 1
2009 PHI MLB NL 687 571 112 161 28 4 31 290 93 88 110 23 0 .282 .397 .508 .226 4 0
2010 CLR A+ FSL 13 12 1 3 0 2 0 7 1 1 2 0 0 .250 .308 .583 .333 0 0
2010 PHI MLB NL 511 425 75 117 20 2 16 189 65 63 63 13 2 .275 .387 .445 .169 5 0
2011 CLR A+ FSL 36 32 4 9 2 0 1 14 4 3 6 1 0 .281 .361 .438 .156 0 0
2011 PHI MLB NL 454 398 54 103 21 6 11 169 44 39 47 14 0 .259 .344 .425 .166 2 1
2012 LEH AAA INT 5 5 1 2 0 0 1 5 1 0 2 0 0 .400 .400 1.000 .600 0 0
2012 PHI MLB NL 362 301 48 77 15 2 11 129 45 43 43 11 1 .256 .365 .429 .173 6 0
2012 CLR A+ FSL 38 32 3 5 0 0 1 8 5 3 5 1 0 .156 .263 .250 .094 1 0
2013 PHI MLB NL 531 476 73 135 25 6 18 226 69 45 79 8 3 .284 .348 .475 .191 5 0
2013 REA AA EAS 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2014 PHI MLB NL 664 589 74 159 36 6 11 240 78 53 85 10 1 .270 .339 .407 .138 9
2015 LAN MLB NL 141 124 14 25 9 1 3 45 9 10 29 1 0 .202 .291 .363 .161 1 0
2015 PHI MLB NL 282 249 23 54 12 1 5 83 30 22 35 3 0 .217 .284 .333 .116 7 0
2015 LEH AAA INT 4 3 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 .667 .750 .667 .000 0 0
2015 REA AA EAS 9 8 3 4 1 0 0 5 1 1 1 0 0 .500 .556 .625 .125 0 0
2016 LAN MLB NL 565 512 79 129 26 3 14 203 52 40 115 2 2 .252 .319 .396 .145 1 1
2017 LAN MLB NL 353 309 43 73 20 4 8 125 34 32 57 6 1 .236 .324 .405 .168 2 1
2018 LAN MLB NL 187 164 18 35 10 1 1 50 14 17 34 3 1 .213 .305 .305 .091 1 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 2641 0.5127 0.4366 0.8309 0.5857 0.2797 0.9016 0.6750 0.1691 -0.0128
2009 2790 0.4892 0.3638 0.8355 0.5231 0.2112 0.9034 0.6744 0.1645 -0.0083
2010 2021 0.4795 0.3869 0.8478 0.5439 0.2424 0.8937 0.7529 0.1522 -0.0063
2011 1730 0.5029 0.4029 0.8723 0.5782 0.2256 0.9304 0.7216 0.1277 0.0003
2012 1400 0.5064 0.3857 0.8685 0.5388 0.2287 0.9398 0.6962 0.1315 -0.0082
2013 2015 0.5072 0.4184 0.8197 0.5470 0.2860 0.9088 0.6444 0.1803 -0.0015
2014 2505 0.4990 0.4212 0.8588 0.5904 0.2526 0.9160 0.7256 0.1412 0.0032
2015 1605 0.4829 0.4106 0.8543 0.5794 0.2530 0.9287 0.6952 0.1457 -0.0053
2016 2217 0.4899 0.3996 0.8104 0.5589 0.2467 0.8995 0.6165 0.1896 0.0000
2017 1326 0.5128 0.3839 0.8585 0.5515 0.2074 0.9307 0.6567 0.1415 0.0000
2018 757 0.5086 0.3765 0.8667 0.5299 0.2177 0.9118 0.7531 0.1333 0.0000
Career210070.49820.40100.84400.55900.24420.91250.68780.1560-0.0040

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-07 2014-04-10 DTD 3 2 - General Medical Illness - -
2013-05-21 2013-06-21 15-DL 31 28 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2012-03-26 2012-06-27 15-DL 93 76 Left Knee Recovery From Cartilage Injury Patellar Chondromalacia - -
2012-02-28 2012-03-26 Camp 27 0 Left Knee Cartilage Injury Patellar Chondromalacia - -
2011-09-08 2011-09-15 DTD 7 7 - Head Concussion HBP - -
2011-03-22 2011-05-22 15-DL 61 45 Right Knee Recovery From Inflammation Patellar Tendinitis -
2011-02-27 2011-03-22 Camp 23 0 Right Knee Inflammation Patellar Tendinitis -
2010-06-29 2010-08-17 15-DL 49 43 Right Thumb Surgery Torn Ligament 2010-07-01
2010-05-17 2010-05-19 DTD 2 2 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2010-03-17 2010-03-24 Camp 7 0 General Medical Illness Virus -
2009-10-07 2009-10-07 DTD 0 0 General Medical Fatigue Admits Being Fatigued Late In Season -
2009-09-05 2009-09-06 DTD 1 1 Right Foot Contusion -
2009-05-05 2009-05-06 DTD 1 1 Right Foot Contusion Bone -
2009-05-03 2009-05-04 DTD 1 0 Right Foot Contusion Bone -
2009-05-01 2009-05-01 DTD 0 0 Right Foot Contusion -
2008-11-24 2008-11-24 Off 0 0 Right Hip Surgery Debridement and Bony Lesion 2008-11-24
2008-07-28 2008-07-28 DTD 0 0 Right Hip Soreness Said To Be Playing Through Pain From GM -
2007-07-27 2007-08-27 15-DL 31 28 Right Hand Surgery 4th Metacarpal 2007-07-07
2006-08-22 2006-08-23 DTD 1 1 Ankle Sprain Player Collision -
2004-09-09 2004-09-11 DTD 2 2 Right Fingers Laceration Tip of Middle Finger -
2002-08-12 2002-09-05 Minors 24 0 Left Ankle Sprain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 LAN $1,000,000
2017 LAN $2,000,000
2016 LAN $7,000,000
2015 PHI $15,000,000
2014 PHI $15,000,000
2013 PHI $15,285,714
2012 PHI $15,285,714
2011 PHI $15,285,714
2010 PHI $15,285,714
2009 PHI $11,285,714
2008 PHI $7,785,714
2007 PHI $4,785,714
2006 PHI $500,000
2005 PHI $345,000
2003 PHI $300,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
15 yrPrevious$126,144,998
2019Current$0
16 yrPvs + Cur$126,144,998
16 yrTotal$126,144,998

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
15 y 27 dArn Tellem2 years/$2M (2018-19)

Details
  • 2 years/$2M (2018-19). Re-signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 2/17/18. 18:$1M, 19:$1M. Released by LA Dodgers 11/9/18 (retiring). Retired 6/21/19.
  • 1 year/$2M (2017). Re-signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 2/12/17. Performance bonuses:$62,500 each 40, 60, 80, 100 games played. $62,500 each for 400, 450 PA. $0.125M for 500 PA.
  • 1 year/$7M (2016). Re-signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 12/9/15.
  • 2 years/$27M (2014-15)+2016-18 options. Signed extension with Philadelphia 8/8/13. 14:$15M, 15:$10M, 16-18:$15M vesting options ($2M buyout for 2016). 2015 salary increases by $5M to $15M with 15 days or less on disabled list in 2014 with knee injury (met 9/14). Options guaranteed with 500 plate appearances in previous season. If an option fails to vest, it becomes a club option valued between $5M and $11M based on days spent on disabled list in previous season. Award bonuses, including $50,000 for All-Star selection. Full no-trade clause. acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Philadelphia 8/20/15, with about $5.7M remaining on contract (about $3.7M in 2015 salary, plus $2M buyout) with Phillies responsible for about $3.7M, pending performance bonuses and decision on 2016 option. Elected free agency 11/7/15.
  • 7 years/$85M (2007-13). Signed extension with Philadelphia 1/07 (avoided arbitration, $6.25M-$4.5M). $2M signing bonus, 07:$4.5M, 08:$7.5M, 09:$11M, 10:$15M, 11:$15M, 12:$15M, 13:$15M. Award bonus: $50,000 for All-Star. Limited no-trade protection, upgraded through most favored nation provision allowing Howard to block deals to 21 clubs, matching limited no-trade clause extended to Cliff Lee in Dec. 2010).
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2006). Renewed by Philadelphia 3/06.
  • 1 year/$0.345M (2005). Renewed by Philadelphia 3/05 (split contract).
  • 1 year (2004). Optioned to Triple-A 4/04. Recalled 6/04.
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2003). Contract purchased by Philadelphia 11/02. Optioned to Triple-A 4/03. Recalled 4/03. Optioned 5/03. Recalled 8/03.
  • Drafted by Philadelphia 2000 (1-15) (UCLA). $1.78M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 379 45 94 22 2 8 42 34 71 5 2 .282 .360 .432 112 28.0 2B -3, 1B 0 2.6
80o 360 41 85 20 2 7 38 31 69 4 1 .266 .343 .408 104 22.4 2B -3, 1B 0 2.0
70o 347 38 79 18 2 7 36 29 68 4 1 .256 .332 .396 99 18.6 2B -3, 1B 0 1.6
60o 336 36 74 17 2 6 34 27 66 4 1 .247 .320 .378 95 15.5 2B -3, 1B 0 1.3
50o 325 34 70 16 2 6 32 26 65 4 1 .241 .315 .372 90 12.8 2B -3, 1B 0 1.0
40o 314 32 67 15 2 6 30 24 64 3 1 .238 .309 .369 86 10.2 2B -3, 1B 0 0.8
30o 303 30 61 14 1 5 28 23 62 3 1 .224 .295 .338 82 7.6 2B -3, 1B 0 0.5
20o 290 28 57 13 1 5 26 21 61 3 1 .218 .287 .333 76 4.8 2B -3, 1B 0 0.2
10o 271 25 50 12 1 4 24 18 58 3 1 .203 .267 .309 69 1.2 2B -2, 1B 0 -0.1
Weighted Mean3283572172632266541.246.318.3799213.62B -3, 1B 01.1

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20204116217318131513331.214.292.335840.12.70.30.34.2-2.1-1.8
20214214215277121312301.211.289.328810.12.10.30.33.6-2.1-1.6
20224313414256121211280.209.286.323790.01.60.20.23.4-2.2-1.5
20234412513246121110260.208.283.32278-0.01.40.20.23.2-2.2-1.4
20244512412246121110260.206.282.31977-0.01.20.20.13.2-2.3-1.4
20254612212236121010260.205.282.31676-0.01.10.20.13.1-2.3-1.4
20264712212236121010270.204.281.31476-0.01.00.20.13.1-2.4-1.4
20274812212236121010270.203.280.31275-0.00.90.20.03.1-2.4-1.4
20284912212236121010270.202.278.31074-0.10.80.2-0.03.1-2.5-1.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 73)

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend
1 85 Red Schoendienst 1963 81
2 82 Brooks Robinson 1977 80
3 82 Craig Counsell 2011 67
4 82 Barry Larkin 2004 102
5 81 Mark McLemore 2005 0 DNP
6 81 Omar Vizquel 2007 69
7 80 Jim Gantner 1993 0 DNP
8 80 Melvin Mora 2012 0 DNP
9 79 Miguel Tejada 2014 0 DNP
10 79 Craig Biggio 2006 87
11 79 Jamey Carroll 2014 0 DNP
12 79 Bing Miller 1935 95
13 78 B.J. Surhoff 2005 78
14 77 Jim Eisenreich 1999 0 DNP
15 77 Eric Young 2007 0 DNP
16 77 Doc Cramer 1946 84
17 77 Tim Raines 2000 0 DNP
18 77 Wade Boggs 1998 96
19 77 Sparky Adams 1935 0 DNP
20 77 Dave Bergman 1993 0 DNP
21 77 Wally Joyner 2002 0 DNP
22 76 Luis Aparicio 1974 0 DNP
23 76 Cal Ripken Jr. 2001 75
24 76 Luke Appling 1947 134
25 76 Bill Buckner 1990 91
26 75 Paul Waner 1943 126
27 75 Tony Taylor 1976 65
28 75 Jeff Conine 2006 90
29 75 Sam Rice 1930 108
30 75 Joe Morgan 1984 110
31 75 Rusty Staub 1984 78
32 75 Charlie Gehringer 1943 0 DNP
33 75 Carl Yastrzemski 1980 115
34 75 Rabbit Maranville 1932 63
35 75 Gregg Zaun 2011 0 DNP
36 74 Todd Helton 2014 0 DNP
37 74 Johnny Cooney 1941 94
38 74 Kenny Lofton 2007 110
39 74 Luis Gonzalez 2008 91
40 74 Lou Piniella 1984 96
41 74 Rick Ferrell 1946 0 DNP
42 73 Birdie Tebbetts 1953 0 DNP
43 73 Pete Rose 1981 119
44 73 Frank White 1991 0 DNP
45 73 Wally Moses 1951 83
46 73 Dave Concepcion 1988 59
47 73 Randy Velarde 2003 0 DNP
48 72 Dave Philley 1960 83
49 72 Eddie Murray 1996 97
50 72 Pee Wee Reese 1959 0 DNP
51 72 Jimmy Dykes 1937 92
52 72 Jake Daubert 1924 87
53 72 Jeff Reboulet 2004 0 DNP
54 71 Steve Finley 2005 76
55 71 Lenny Harris 2005 90
56 71 Joe Kuhel 1946 95
57 71 A.J. Pierzynski 2017 0 DNP
58 71 Enos Slaughter 1956 93
59 71 Derek Jeter 2014 82
60 71 Brad Ausmus 2009 83
61 71 Graig Nettles 1985 120
62 71 Joe Judge 1934 68
63 70 Davey Lopes 1985 121
64 70 Rod Carew 1986 0 DNP
65 70 Al Kaline 1975 0 DNP
66 70 Mark Grace 2004 0 DNP
67 69 Brian Jordan 2007 0 DNP
68 69 Jose Molina 2015 0 DNP
69 69 Ozzie Smith 1995 67
70 69 George Brett 1993 97
71 69 Rico Carty 1980 0 DNP
72 69 Ken Griffey 1990 106
73 69 Maury Wills 1973 0 DNP
74 68 Gene Woodling 1963 0 DNP
75 68 Harold Baines 1999 130
76 68 Moises Alou 2007 129
77 68 Ken Williams 1930 0 DNP
78 68 Lee Lacy 1988 0 DNP
79 68 Sandy Alomar Jr. 2006 74
80 68 Ron Fairly 1979 0 DNP
81 68 Rickey Henderson 1999 130
82 68 Jose Cruz 1988 75
83 68 Eddie Collins 1927 129
84 68 Ernie Lombardi 1948 0 DNP
85 67 Jeff Kent 2008 102
86 67 Ruben Sierra 2006 90
87 67 Henry Blanco 2012 68
88 67 Don Baylor 1989 0 DNP
89 67 Bill Dickey 1947 0 DNP
90 67 Paul Molitor 1997 103
91 66 Torii Hunter 2016 0 DNP
92 66 Ken Griffey 2010 75
93 66 Bob Boyd 1960 79
94 66 Jim Dwyer 1990 92
95 65 Larry Bowa 1986 0 DNP
96 65 Walker Cooper 1955 100
97 65 Hal McRae 1986 97
98 65 Gary Gaetti 1999 65
99 65 Ichiro Suzuki 2014 84
100 65 Carlos Beltran 2017 78

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 Utley's borderline Hall-of-Fame career pulled into some of its final stops in 2017, and the sparks of carrying production that he'd scraped to life in 2016 largely smoldered a year later. He still managed to get drilled by nine pitches and make one of the season's most unexpectedly spectacular catches to preserve Rich Hill's nine-inning no-hitter, though. It's been cool to see The Man from Long Beach's career wind up in hometown blue some 20 years after he rejected them for the lighter collegiate shade as a second-round prep shortstop. The salty aftertaste of Game 7 swishing around the gums may coax a final run at glory, but the Cooperstown clock will starting ticking soon enough regardless.
2017 Utley supplanted Howie Kendrick as the team's regular at the keystone, and produced a 95 OPS+ in over 500 at-bats. That might not sound like much, but it was one of the top-25 offensive seasons of all-time for a second baseman age 37 or older. That list is filled with the likes of Nap Lajoie, Eddie Collins, Lou Whitaker, Jeff Kent and more... but he also slots in behind Marco Scutaro (14th) and Jamey Carroll (19th), so it's something of a mixed bag. The Dodgers loved Utley's intensity on the field and leadership off of it, and he showed some attitudinal flexibility when he agreed to dye his peppered hair brown after Corey Seager smashed two home runs in Philadelphia. It wouldn't be a surprise to see The Man return to the Dodgers (who originally drafted him a score ago), but if he does, it's likely as a mentor to The Boy Wonder rather than as an everyday player.
2016 When Utley agreed to a trade that let him join his old double-play partner in Los Angeles, it was easy to imagine the duo winning another ring, hanging up the cleats and waiting patiently for the results of their Hall of Fame ballots in 2020. Instead, Rollins lost his job and Utley lost quite a few fans thanks to a slide that a middle infielder should know better than to make. With all due respect to a player who's had a wonderful career, Utley looked entirely washed up in 2015. He's got a little power left, but he struck out at his highest rate since 2009, wasn't great in the field and shouldn't be let within 100 feet of a left-handed pitcher. The question, looking at his drop-off from 2014 to 2015, is whether the cliff was real and the fall deadly or if there's some bounceback left in the old coot. It's probably worth the Dodgers' $7 million to find out given the upside, and as far as Plan Bs and platoon partners go, Enrique Hernandez is pretty sturdy. Certainly a lot sturdier than Ruben Tejada's fibula.
2015 He's still pretty good, he's still pretty old, he's still pretty underrated, and he's still a pretty significant injury risk, no matter what his clean 2014 health log tries to tell you. The fact that he and Ryan Howard combined for 308 games in 2014 is nothing short of a miracle, because a year or two ago you might not have bet on either mid-30s veteran to gather 308 plate appearances in a given year. He and Howard combined to produce 4.2 WARP.
2014 The Phillies have nowhere to go but younger, but they made an exception for Utley when they signed him in August to a two-year extension with three vesting options. Utley, at 34, was no MVP candidate, but he was the team's best position player, reaching 500 plate appearances for the first time since 2010 while producing the second-best OPS+ among NL second basemen. The .191 isolated power was his highest mark since 2009, and the above-average defense was just another reminder that Utley does everything well. Aging is his next challenge.
2013 The Utley of the last two years is likely the one we should expect to see the rest of the way, at least in terms of ceiling with his rate statistics. As with Rollins, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it feels that way because of the player Utley used to be. Though teammates Howard and Rollins won MVP awards in 2006 and '07, Utley was the Phillies' best player both years. Hardware or not, Utley has been one of the top players of his generation, and the skills are intact for him to ease into the twilight of his career. Health is a major concern after three years of 115 games or fewer, but the 1:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and capable power keep him among the best at his position per plate appearance. A pair of sub-.270 BABIP seasons might also be some misfortune ready to regress, though that number has been declining yearly since 2007, so perhaps his days of .300 BABIP are behind him.
2012 Last season was the worst of Utley’s career, the first time in five years he missed the All-Star game, and the shortest since his breakout as a regular. The last of those is thanks to knee inflammation that knocked him out for the first 45 games of the season. Utley is the type of player that wants to play through every injury, so there is no guarantee that the patellar tendinitis that forced him under the knife won’t jump back up to nip him again. The Phillies owe him $30 million over the next two seasons, but even a pair of seasons like 2011 would be just about enough to make Utley worth it. But given the composition of the Phillies roster—clearly designed to win in the short term—the Phillies have to hope for more than this. Whether he’s up to it is a secret held by Utley and his orthopedic surgeon.
2011 Maybe this is how grown men come to devote several weeks each year trying to convince a small cadre of baseball writers to validate the career of a ballplayer they’ve never met. Maybe this is how players who were once at the pinnacle of the game get locked out of the Hall of Fame. Consider the flukes of circumstance that have made Utley a perennial MVP bridesmaid; the biomechanics that gave him uncharacteristic yips during the playoffs and the myopia of observers who, for perhaps the only time in the history of baseball, have criminally underrated a tough-as-nails dirty-uniform guy. Might Utley's days of unrecognized glory now give way to injury-plagued thirtysomething seasons? Make no mistake—Utley is still the Phillies' best position player, but his power is starting to seep away and injuries have begun to sap his durability. If he emerges from his peak with fewer than 200 home runs and no MVP awards, will the BBWAA remember that Utley was one of the 10 or so best second basemen of all time? One possible hint: second baseman Joe Gordon did win an MVP award but still had to wait 59 years for his plaque.
2010 Despite never winning any major hardware, Utley has totaled 37.9 WARP3 since 2005, leading not only all Phillies players but everyone not named Pujols. He earns his status as perhaps the second-best overall player in the game by combining defensive wizardry at the keystone, a good eye, gap power, and efficient baserunning. As he displayed during this past World Series, he can turn on any pitch from any pitcher, regardless of opposing handedness. His installation as a full-time starter, delayed until he was 26, precludes our waxing poetic about his Hall of Fame chances, but Utley has been the best player at his position for half a decade by a fairly wide margin. Second basemen tend to decline more rapidly than players at other positions, but it seems that only injuries could derail his dominance for the next few seasons (he ducked one bullet by coming back in good form from hip labrum surgery); even then, Utley could decline for years (a la Sandberg) and wind up being incredibly valuable for almost all of it.
2009 Utley has essentially become this generation's Bobby Grich, the player who'd so good that it should be impossible to overlook him, the sort of player whose gifts in the field and basic baseball intelligence should matter to people like the MVP voters who are supposed to see beyond the impressive counting stats. But because he's merely quietly excellent on a team loaded with more overstated talents, like Grich, the risk is that people will forget how much he's the single most important position player in the organization. How critical a role he plays could be made plain by his variable timetable for coming back from hip surgery in November; if it's four months, he won't miss much of the regular season, but if it's six, it might almost be June before he's making his impact on the Phillies' fortunes.
2008 The reason that Chase Utley is even cooler than you think: in his first major league exposure, 439 plate appearances split over the 2003 and 2004 seasons, he batted .257/.313/.436, drawing just 25 unintentional walks. That's a pace for about 40 walks in a 700-plate appearance season. His minor league rates were a little better, but with a discount applied for the greater difficulties of major league pitching, it was safe to conclude, yes, that's all there is. Almost magically, Utley became more selective, seeing more pitches per plate appearance and upping his walk rate. In 2004 he hit .200 against lefties, in 2005 he hit .219. Again, he got better, hitting over .300 against them in both '06 and '07. This is the rare player who actually grew on the job. The only blemish on his season was a month missed after a John Lannan pitch broke his hand. He should be an MVP candidate again in 2008.
2007 In our 2006 edition, we used this space to talk about how Utley needed to be given a chance hit against left-handers in order to learn how to hit them. The previous season had been the first when he was allowed to play regularly against lefties, and we weren`t worried that he only hit .219 against them; it was a learning experience. Utley proved to be a good student, hitting .301 off of them last year and filling in the last hole in his game. He didn`t have quite the same power against them as he did against right-handers, which explains the slight drop in his slugging average, but you can safely buckle up and enjoy several seasons` worth of stardom from here on out. The inheritor of Mark Grace`s slow white guy/smart baserunner mantle, you won`t see him make many mistakes as far as the chances he takes.
2006 In his breakout season, Utley improved his hitting against lefties and swiped 16 bases in 19 tries. While his .219 BA will still cause some to write that he can`t cope with southpaws, his .469 slugging percentage, seven homers, and 25 walks in 125 ABs show he`s learned enough to be dangerous against them. The Phils should never have benched Utley against lefties on the presumption he couldn`t hit them. The best way to ensure that a young left-handed hitter won`t be an everyday player is to prevent him from getting the experience he needs to learn to hit southpaws. The team had both Placido Polanco and David Bell on the roster--Bell cost so much that they had to play him, Polanco was too good to not play, and Ed Wade was too stubborn to make a trade if he couldn`t hornswoggle someone else. As a result, only 57 of Utley`s 403 ABs in 2003-04 were versus left-handers.
2005 The Phillies are believers in Utley, citing his improved defense at second base and the ungodly number of RBI that he accumulated in the big leagues (57 in 267 at-bats, a rate that exceeded Thome's). We're believers too, though we could care less about the RBI and would like to see Utley refine his pitch selection. Utley is not going to be a star, but second base is a thin position and his extra-base power should provide the Phillies with a competitive advantage. Polanco's unexpected return might seem to cripple Utley's fantasy value, but it's not the disaster that it may seem; Utley should still get the lion's share of at bats against right-handed pitchers, and he's posted a pretty big platoon split in his brief time in the bigs.
2004 The signing of David Bell by the Phillies was bad enough on its own, but it also blocked Utley, who had blossomed as a hitter at Scranton in 2002. That's how he found himself back in Triple-A in 2003, and at least he could go back to second base and stop pretending to play third. Utley proceeded to turn in an outstanding season in the International League, and was arguably the second-best hitter in the circuit after Fernando Seguignol. He didn't do quite as well in Philadelphia, though he still has a nice future ahead. But the biggest question for 2004 is again, where does he play?

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2017-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is most likely to win World Series MVP for each team?
(k3o3r9n0 from Boston)
Chase Utley and Derek Fisher (Nicolas Stellini)
2016-12-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to turn the Angels into a contender in this offseason, how would you do it? No care in the world about future prospects but realistic spending limits. As long as you can win in 2017, that's all that matters.
(JustinPerline from NY)
Hey Justin. They're actually not as far away as one might imagine. Part One: DON'T TRADE TROUT. Part Two: Sign Tyson Ross, because your entire rotation is about crossing your fingers anyway. Then I sign Chase Utley for the infield. Deal Jahmai Jones and Taylor Ward for a starting pitcher. Maybe I trade Cam Bedrosian to a team that wants a cheap closer ... for another starting pitcher and worry about the bullpen in July.

(The answer is more/better starting pitching.) (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-07-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)How would you project Cristin Stewart's and Scott Kingery's hit/power in the show?
(Thomas from TX)
Stewart projects to have more power in the majors. Kingery's expected to take over for Chase Utley, but he likely doesn't have the power Utley has. The Phillies are advancing him through the ranks pretty quickly, with his Double-A promotion, so we might learn the answer to at least Kingery's power-potential pretty soon. (Jessica Quiroli)
2015-06-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's going on, Jeff. Thanks for all your work. Is the pitchers version of hit tool for you? In that I mean with the hit tool it seems that it's the hardest for hitters to learn or grow into. You either have it or you don't. When I see a pitcher with command issues I always right off their OFP because it just never seems to come together. Does this seem accurate to you or did I watch too many Jonathon Sanchez games over the past decade? Thanks!
(ssauve25 from SF)
I could see someone being scarred by Jonathan Sanchez. One of my favorite in-person baseball memories (probably 3rd or 4th on my personal list of games I attended) was when he plunked Chase Utley in the 2010 NLCS and Utley tossed the ball back to him as only Chase can and the benches emptied. It's one of the few times I've seen my dad look like he wanted to charge the mound from the stands. But to answer your question...

No, I think there is much more potential for a pitcher to improve his command than for a hitter to improve his pure hitting ability and feel for the barrel. That's much more innate. A pitcher can improve his command by refining his mechanics, release point, gaining strength, etc. For a hitter, the ability to barrel up a baseball involves a lot of neurological skills that hitters either have or they dont. They can do some things to improve them, but you're not going to see major strides. It's like singing ability. I could take singing lessons and probably get a little better, but I'll never be any good. My younger bother, on the other hand, is an incredible singer. It's natural gift. That's how hitting is to a certain extent. There are things you can do to get better but you won't see a guy going from being a 40 hitter to a 70 hitter. You could see a guy going from having 40 fastball command to perhaps 60 if they make a lot of progress. (Jeff Moore)
2015-04-06 15:15:00 (link to chat)Brewers are gonna need Jimmy Nelson to step up in order for them to be halfway competitive. Can we expect a sub 4 era?
(lilbonest from Chicago)
Sure! Is there a major league pitcher who doesn't have a sub-4.00 ERA? You get a sub-4.00 ERA and you get a sub-4.00 ERA and you get a sub-4.00 ERA! Everyone gets a sub-4.00 ERA!!

Brutal change up by Buchholz to strike out Chase Utley. That thing moved from the inside of the plate to outside the zone. I don't know how you hit that. Neither does Utley I suppose. (Matthew Kory)
2015-01-08 12:00:00 (link to chat)Who won this dynasty trade: Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Kyle Lohse for Yan Gomes, AJ Griffin, 25 overall in 2015 draft?
(Grizz from America)
This is a good one for the fantasy guys, but I'll give you my take really quickly. Lohse is one of the most underrated pitchers in baseball (I kind of have a man crush on him - http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=24770) so the team getting him automatically wins. Seriously though, this is a future vs. now trade, and the team getting the established guys seems to do really well here. Love Gomes, but your league probably doesn't account for pitch framing, so that tempers his fantasy value a bit. (Jeff Long)
2014-07-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)How good is McCutchen? And, do you think he has a shot at the Hall of Fame years from now?
(Kevin from Iowa)
It's so hard to say anyone that young will be a Hall of Famer, but there are only a handful of guys in the majors who have the start to a career that even makes it possible and yes, he's one of them. Longevity will be key, but he has a profile that should age nicely. A second MVP this season, which is a strong possibility, will certainly help, as would another playoff appearance (which sadly go hand in hand, and shouldn't).

On a personal note, he is one of my three favorite players in the game to watch, along with Chase Utley and Mike Trout. (Jeff Moore)
2014-06-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)What sort of moves would you make through the end of the season if you were running the Phillies?
(Dave M. from Philadelphia)
If I were running the Phillies, I'd sell everything that isn't nailed down. So would you, I'm guessing. It's obviously what needs to be done. They're awful, they're really old, they're expensive, and their minor league system needs almost as much help as their major league team does. So sell sell sell sell. Clearly sell. But the thing about the Phillies is I'm not running them and neither are you. The interesting question is what will Ruben Amaro do? Or what will the ever-silent Phillies ownership do? And for that I have no answer.

I'll say this additionally to throw a wrench in the works: if I'm running the Phillies, I don't want Amaro as the one in charge of tearing down the franchise. As lousy as the Phillies are, they do have some desirable players that could bring value from other teams. Do you want Amaro to be the one dealing with Billy Beane while trading Chase Utley to the A's? If you're a Phillies fan maybe that's the real danger. (Matthew Kory)
2014-05-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)25 February 2014 Team A trades $9 JJ Hardy and $10 Brian Dozier to Team B for $38 Justin Verlander Contract years are the same for all players. Team A was willing to give up 43 middle infield home runs in order to get Verlander, letting Team B off a pre-auction high salary hook. Dynasty league with salary inflation to kick in next year, normal $260 limit at auction. Unlimited keepers so long as under the salary limit. Now the team that traded for Verlander wants to trade him back to the same owner. It’s clearly a dump trade. One thing that is bothersome besides the fact that we’re about two months before normal dumping time is that the dumping Team A is in THIRD PLACE in a league of 15 teams: #3 Team A trades $38 Justin Verlander and $12 Chase Utley to #1 Team B $1 Jose Fernandez and $1 Jedd Gyorko As a commissioner, would you allow this trade or call for a vote?
(TeamPineTar from KC)
As commissioner, the first thing I would do is eliminate trade vetoes. (Bret Sayre)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)What does it mean to have a long swing?
(Alex from Kansas)
A long swing is basically when the bat enters the hitting zone late and exits early. There are a lot of causes for it, but it's easier to show examples than tell. See if you can't find a side clip of Chase Utley versus someone like Dan Uggla. The differences in bat path should be evident. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are the three mechanical things you look for in pitchers? Hitters?
(Billy from Ocean)
With pitchers, I look for arm speed and the ability to repeat his mechanics. I'm not a mechanics guru like some of the guys we have here, but what I do want to see is the ability to have the same mechanics every single time. We can't project injuries anyway so unless they're really bad, they don't concern me too much. If you can't repeat them, however, you can't throw strikes. You can do a lot of things wrong, as long as you do them every time.

For hitters, i want to see bat-speed and the ability to create backspin on the ball. You can refine the swing but you can't teach bat speed. Some guys have great swings but underwater bat speed. You can't help that guy. Backspin is what creates more power. When the ball has backspin off the bat, it carries. That's how small guys like Chase Utley hit for so much power. Bat speed and backspin. (Jeff Moore)
2013-06-27 13:15:00 (link to chat)Do you agree with Dave Cameron that Chase Utley to the A's makes too much sense to NOT happen?
(Michael from CA)
Haven't read Dave's piece, since it went up just as I started chatting, but it seems to me that the biggest obstacle in the way of Chase Utley going to any one particular team is the other teams that it might also make sense for him to be traded to. Most trades that make sense don't happen. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Morosi's prediction for PHI to finish ahead of ATL?
(BOO-URN from parts unknown)
It seems silly, though last year at this time if you told me the Phillies were going to be a .500 team I would have thought you were huffing chemicals. Realistically, the Phillies would need a lot to go right for this to happen. If Roy Halladay returns to Cy Young form, then maybe the Phillies are an 87 win team. At that point, some combination of a breakout by Dom Brown or Darin Ruf, a full, healthy, and productive season by Ryan Howard or Chase Utley and something resembling a 2-3 win season from Delmon Young or Michael Young could make it happen. But it seems to be asking a lot for all of things to happen in 2013. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Profar's power upside that of a Chase Utley?
(rangerfans2 from Fort Worth)
I don't think Profar will hit 30+ home runs at the major league level, but he should develop game power as he continues to physically mature and could end up hitting 20+ at some point. (Jason Parks)
2012-08-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Neil Walker, is he for real?
(redguy12588 from Pittsburgh)
I asked BP's John Perrotto a similar question a few weeks ago and he assured me that, yes, it is in fact real, citing adjustments in his approach that Walker has made this year. I wouldn't count on him being much better than this (.290/.352/.451), and it is his age-26 season, but will he be a solid second baseman for the foreseeable future? I think so. Just don't expect him to turn into the next Chase Utley. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you think the NL East will play out this year? Phillies are still considered top in the division, but do you the Miam or Atlanta will come in at 2? And are the Nationals as good as they think they are?
(Tom from State College)
Particularly because of the impact of losing both Chase Utley and Ryan Howard for considerable lengths of time - both absences are open-ended at this writing - I think the NL East is really up for grabs. It's not difficult to envision scenarios by which Braves, Marlins, and/or Nationals could challenge them. Personally, I think it's the Nats who will rise up out of the fray - I really like what they've done with their rotation, which is much deeper than that of the Marlins, who are up the creek if Josh Johnson isn't right. I'm not a huge fan of the Braves' offense, so I think they could underperform relative to the expectations of a team which just missed the playoffs last year.

My browser is acting very buggy. Going to restart... (Jay Jaffe)
2012-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you think the NL East will play out this year? Phillies are still considered top in the division, but do you the Miam or Atlanta will come in at 2? And are the Nationals as good as they think they are?
(Tom from State College)
Particularly because of the impact of losing both Chase Utley and Ryan Howard for considerable lengths of time - both absences are open-ended at this writing - I think the NL East is really up for grabs. It's not difficult to envision scenarios by which Braves, Marlins, and/or Nationals could challenge them. Personally, I think it's the Nats who will rise up out of the fray - I really like what they've done with their rotation, which is much deeper than that of the Marlins, who are up the creek if Josh Johnson isn't right. I'm not a huge fan of the Braves' offense, so I think they could underperform relative to the expectations of a team which just missed the playoffs last year.

My browser is acting very buggy. Going to restart... (Jay Jaffe)
2011-02-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Every player's a five tool player although some tools are better than others. That said, let's try for established players, CarGo, Shin-Soo, David Wright, and Nelson Cruz. David Wright, Colby Rasmus, and Chase Utley might qualify.
(Bob from Seattle)
Yes siree, Bob! I'll keep that in mind, but mostly I just wanted to say that to someone actually named Bob. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-01-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have you ever looked into the effect of players that are criminally overlooked by voters for seasonal awards (e.g. Chase Utley most recently but also Trammell for instance) or All Star selections and how this is then sometimes held against them when it comes to the Hall of Fame?
(Aaron from YYZ)
I think this bias is already reflected in the Bill James Hall of Fame Monitor and Hall of Fame Standards metrics, a system that's ripe for a much closer look than anyone has given them in years. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much does Lee improve the Phillies odds of taking the NL East? Something like from 50% to 80%? I realize the effect is dramatic, but people are acting like this essentially gives them the division. That's a team with a lot of aging players, including a pitching staff that's logged a TON of innings over the past few seasons. Am I crazy to think that the regular season is still worth playing?
(mravery from Raleigh)
Of course it is. The Phillies are perhaps one major Chase Utley injury away from offensive mediocrity, and examples like the '84 Pirates or the 2010 A's serve as useful reminders that winning the league's ERA title doesn't automatically put you in the postseason. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-11-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Chase Utley: HOF?
(Tony from Albuquerque)
I'm skeptical, not because peak Chase Utley isn't a Hall-caliber player but because he didn't really establish himself in the majors until age 25, or top 110 games until age 26. He'll be 32 next month and he has less than 1,100 hits. Nobody with less than 2,000 hits whose career began in the expansion era (1961 onward) has ever been voted in by the writers. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-11-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hello Jay! Please keep up the great work! :) Since it is getting colder and colder outside, it becomes that much easier to stay inside and daydream about baseball. I have two questions: 1.) While you've probably answered this before, who are some players you think will surprise us at the end of their careers as solid Hall of Fame candidates (Chase Utley could be on this path). 2.) LOVED your evaluating managers book! Are you planning to write another book anytime? Is anyone else at BP publishing anytime soon? Thank you again! Have a great Thanksgiving!
(Stacy from Springfield, IL)
Stacy, while I appreciate the kind words, that was my unrelated namesake Chris Jaffe who did the managers book. I have a book project of my own on the back burner, and coming from BP publishing are the 2011 annual and a Joe Sheehan collection. Your first question is a good one for the basis of an article, I think, so I'm going to save it for a day I can answer it without looking at the clock.

Two more questions because I literally do have a plane to catch. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-03-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)With second basemen tending to hit that early cliff, do you think Chase Utley is the player we've come to expect this season?
(Will Bailey from Washington)
Yes. Late starter, very adept around the bag. He's more Jeff Kent than anything else, and he'll be good for a long time. (Joe Sheehan)
2010-03-15 16:00:00 (link to chat)Why not. Who are your preseason top 5 in the AL and NL MVP races?
(Cheese from DC)
In the NL, it's a 3 horse race between Albert Pujols, Chase Utley (someone give the man an MVP!), and Tim Lincecum. Although I'm a fan of keeping pitchers out of the MVP award...

In the AL: it's predictable and boring, but A-Rod is healthy... in the non-Yankee division? Victor Martinez? I'm trying desperately to come up with names that weren't in the top 7 of last year's ballot so I can appear hip and trendy. The sad truth is that if you want a pre-season top 5, look at the post-season top five from last year. (Russell A. Carleton)
2010-02-17 16:00:00 (link to chat)Fantasy Keeper question: Which six do you like the best for this coming year? Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Troy Tulowitzki, Nelson Cruz, Felix Hernandez, Yovanni Gallardo, Clayton Kershaw, Tommy Hanson, and Clay Buchholz. Right now, I would say Howard, Utley, Tulo, Felix, Hanson, and Gallardo. But I am having a tough time deciding and was wondering if you could throw in your two cents. Have a great day Tommy !!
(Lopecci from Cubicle City)
Assuming traditional 5x5, I'd say Howard, Utley, Tulo, Felix, Cruz, Kershaw. But at the end there it's pretty close. Oh, and you too! (Tommy Bennett)
2010-01-14 16:00:00 (link to chat)In terms of perfection, isn't there a saying, those who live in glass houses should not throw stones? Who's your favorite past and current ML'er?
(Gary from Also a pyschologist)
I'm taking it as a personal mission to get Chase Utley an MVP award at some point. I grew up thinking that Joe Carter was the greatest human being ever. Yay Cleveland! (Russell A. Carleton)
2010-01-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Gordon Beckham still has a chance of being "the right handed version of Chase Utley" that the White Sox thought he was going to eventually become? Seems lofty to me, but it's lofty to compare anyone to maybe the 2nd best player in the game.
(scott from chicago)
I do think at Utley comp is pretty risky, but I do think he's the kind of guy who is going to sell a ton of jerseys in Chicago. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-01-12 18:30:00 (link to chat)Is there any chance that Matt Wieters outproduces Brian McCann this season, or am I a few years away? And how good do you think Adam JOnes can be?
(John from NJ)
Per Lloyd Christmas's experiences with Mary Swanson, there's always a chance. But I would bet against that type of occurrence next season. Wieters should easily outplay his 2009 self next season but McCann is probably second to Chase Utley on the list of most underappreciatedly awesome players in the game. Adam Jones, jury is still out on him for me. Too small of a defensive sample to call him poor, but he could end up being offensively similar to Shane Victorino as easily as he could be a .365/.520 player. (Eric Seidman)
2009-12-29 15:00:00 (link to chat)You mentioned Blyleven as one of those guys who weren't considered HoF-worthy by the general public while they played but majority sees them that way now. Who do you see among currently active players as as a possible surprise HoF inductee some day (or at least a controversial also-ran)?
(Klaus from Berlin)
Chase Utley. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Phillies will be sorry if they trade ______ for Doc Halladay.
(Neil from NJ)
Chase Utley. Provided they could get Halladay to sign an extension, there is no Philly prospect who should be untouchable. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)More ridiculous recipient of an MVP vote this year, Placido Polanco or Jeremy Affeldt?
(brian from brooklyn)
More ridiculous is Chase Utley falling out of the top five. (Eric Seidman)
2009-10-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who is your favorite player on the Phillies?
(SteveJeltzPhanClub from Santa Barbara, CA)
Chase Utley. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Most underappreciated season this year?
(dtwhite from Toronto)
Javier Vazquez or Chase Utley. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Beckett, Verlander, Lincecum and Halladay have all had rough patches the last couple of weeks. Its a funny game. What's your current favorite "its a funny game" oddity?
(ekanenh from Capitol City)
Well, the unassisted triple play to end the game against the game's unluckiest team this year is up there. I've also attended two games where 2Bs dropped pop-ups for runs, the Luis Castillo game and Monday's Mets game, where Chase Utley gave Angel Pagan a Little League home run. Then there's Adam Eaton being forced to bat and drawing a walk in the middle of a game-winning rally...OK, too long. I guess it's time for...

...lightning round! (Joe Sheehan)
2009-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe: What player(s) (non-Pujols division), if any, with less than 10 years of MLB service could retire at the end of this season and be a pretty good bet for the HoF? (If Albert pulled a Jim Brown, he would still be a shoo-in, right?)
(Matt from Chicago)
Tough call. Does Miguel Cabrera get a look? I don't think any pitchers do. Chase Utley on peak value? (Joe Sheehan)
2009-05-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Chase Utley at NL 2B the easiest of the All-Star picks? I mean, even Adrian Gonzalez is giving "some" sort of competition to Pujols. But Utley is just far above everyone, isn't he? Is he still somehow the most underrated player in baseball?
(Taco from Philly)
Pujols, although Utley is up there. You can't not pick the best player in baseball, no matter what the other guys are doing. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any updates or prognosis on Chase Utley? When he's back, would you expect huim to be limited physically like with some wist/hand/thumb injuries, or all the way back?
(dbiester from Brooklyn)
Utley's doing some drills and running, but isn't 100%. I think he should be close to his goal of playing on Opening Day, but until we get to see him play, it's very hard to guess how it will affect him. I think a bit less running, but I'm more concerned with whether it alters his swing any or gets in his head. (Will Carroll)
2008-11-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Joe, Keith Law in his chat yesterday declared Chase Utley to be the best player in baseball, better than Pujols. Considering Pujols out-VORPed Utley 96-62 this year and is a GG defender at first (screw what the vote says) is it safe to say that KLaw is off his rocker on this one?
(Henry from Princeton)
You also have to screw what the vote says on Utley, who according to at least one metric (+/-, by BIS), was the best defensive player in baseball this year. I disagree with Keith's conclusion, but you know, I think he's a lot closer to the truth than the mainstream opinion of Utley, which wouldn't have him anywhere near the discussion. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)I don't have a strong interest in either World Series team. Can you outline some reasons to root for each team?
(Andy from Gettysburg College)
Well, first, you can root for the baseball season to last seven more games instead of the minimum four. Second, there are good storylines here, some of which are kind of obvious, such as the 1969 Mets-like rise of the Rays. The Phillies are also a generally downtrodden franchise with a whole bunch of fun players like Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Cole Hamels, and Brad Lidge. (Steven Goldman)
2008-05-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)So Joe. We're a month in, and shockingly, the Mets haven't clinched the East yet. Do the Phillies have a shot at 75 wins this year? They've had their best April in recent memory, and have done so without Rollins and Victorino for the last 3 weeks, and with Ryan Howard looking more and more like dead in the water Mo Vaughn. Is it time to possibly start giving them their respect after basically writing them off before the season even started?
(Ryan from Philly)
And with Chase Utley hitting like Rogers Hornsby, and Pat Burrell and Jayson Werth over their heads. It all counts, Ryan. Romero, Lidge and Durbin have a 32/22 K/BB and a collective ERA under 1.00. The Phillies are 15-13, +11, which is basically the team I thought they were. They'll be in the hunt, and probably fall short when the pitching does. Lovely park, though. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-03-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can the case be made to draft Chase Utley in the top four of a keeper league draft? While ARod, Wright, Reyes, Hanley, Pujols, and Santana are available. It seems every good 2B is being kept.
(StBonaAlum from Albany, NY)
You just made the case. 2B is already among the scarcest position, but at that stage, take a look at how much of a drop in production you're really taking. I'd guess the algebra isn't going to give you the expected answer. (Will Carroll)
2008-03-18 17:00:00 (link to chat)What sort of numbers do you think Pujols will put up this year? Who will challenge him among National League hitters?
(Tim W. from Austin)
I see no reason why his EqA won't be in the high .320s/low .330s, regardless of his troubles. One of the men most capable of challenging him is now in Detroit. The departure of Miguel Cabrera to Detroit makes him a bit safer, but Ryan Braun can challenge. If Chipper Jones approximates his 2007 and stays healthy, he's right there in MLVr with Pujols. Ditto Matt Holliday and Chase Utley. (Jim Baker)
2008-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any idea how PFM for a 6x6 league (walks included) ranks Brian Roberts 15 spots ahead of Chase Utley? That seems pretty crazy to me.
(Brent from Raleigh)
PFM loves scarcity, and Roberts' ability to steal bases is a huge asset that Utley can't match. But you might want to use the version of PFM that uses Standings Gain Points (SGP), which tends to damp down the emphasis on stolen bases (and other scarce categories) to some extent. (Nate Silver)
2008-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should I go for the steady production of a Matt Holliday or Chase Utley or the enormous upside with Ryan Braun, if I want to win this year? And for the next three years?
(Will Thompson from Fullerton, CA)
I'd go in that order, but in three years, I'm not sure Braun isn't one of the top five hitters in the game. (Will Carroll)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneRob (Morton): For the record, the "you are the man" sign is because of Harry Kalas. He used that phrase for Chase Utley, though.

Sorry make-a-sign lady. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneGood to see that Chase Utley's hair gel is in peak postseason form. (Ben Lindbergh)
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveChase Utley's hair was an extra in the Farrell-Foxx version of Miami Vice, I think. (Will Carroll)
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveI think no one has won WS MVP losing a series that didn't go seven, but isn't Chase Utley the runaway guy right now? (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-28 17:00:002009 WS Game OneDoes Chase Utley have a car dealership? He looks like that kind of guy, like John Elway. With this economy, what's the equivalent of the car dealership for athletes now, or do they even need it with their contracts?

There's an interesting sociological question - where are the guys who signed the biggest contract of their day? Ryne Sandberg is a minor league manager. Kirby Puckett has passed, but would surely be in the Twins org doing something. Who else? (Will Carroll)
2009-10-28 17:00:002009 WS Game OneChase Utley: About to be less underrated by Earth.

Steven, to answer your question, it's cold and damp. I checked out because I didn't feel like live-testing the saturation point of an Inspiron 9300.

Worse is no monitors up here. I still don't know what happened in the fifth. (Will watch the whole thing again from home, anyway.)

I'm at the World Series. You could sit me between Carrot Top and a random corpse and I'd be fine. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-28 17:00:002009 WS Game OneJust curious, how highly rated was Chase Utley as a prospect? I know he skipped a level (AA?) but was he ever a top five guy? (Will Carroll)
2009-10-28 17:00:002009 WS Game OneChase Utley just got tattos all over his body? (John Perrotto)
2009-10-28 17:00:002009 WS Game OneChase Utley just channeled Josh Hamilton. Wow, how far did that fly? (Will Carroll)
2009-10-16 13:00:00NLCS Game Two/ALCS Game OneAnd Vicente Padilla gets through the first on nine pitches, with a lone single by Chase Utley the sole blemish. Good start for the Dodgers. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)twinkies25 (MN): So, do you guys think that Chase Utley or Dan Haren will get any consideration for MVP and Cy Young? (not that they deserve them, but they both had fantastic years). The only thing seperating them from those awards are The Machine and The Freak (no offense for Cardinal and Giant fans, I love them as much as you do!!)

I tend not to worry so much about mid-ballot finishes. I do take umbrage with certain voters, for instance, leaving Halladay off of their ballot/out of the top three, but in the NL Haren shouldn't be in the top three, and Pujols is certainly the MVP, which isn't up for debate. Utley is definitely the most valuable Phillies player, but his MVP chances are nowhere near the same as, say, Wainwright or Carpenter winning the Cy over Lincecum. (Eric Seidman)
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game FourSo, for all the words I've expended about the NL MVP race, and how the first baseman isn't the most valuable guy on the right side of the infield, the last 15 minutes made the case better than I ever could.

Defense matters. Real defense, not reputation. Chase Utley can play the position. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game Four"George (New York): I thought Chase Utley grew up in California. Why does FOX portray him as a country bumpkin?"

Probably his choice of college.
(Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesSabathia blows away Chase Utley with 96 mph gas inside to get the huge second out.

I bet he does the same to Howard here. (Kevin Goldstein)
 

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