5:20pm: As expected, Utley says he’s hanging up his spikes at season’s end.
12:47pm: Chase Utley has called a press conference for 3:15pm PT at Dodger Stadium this afternoon, the Dodgers announced. However, while immediate speculation was that the 39-year-old will announce his retirement, that’s not the case — at least not immediately. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan tweets that Utley’s announcement will address his present and his future but will not be accompanied by immediate retirement.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post, meanwhile, tweets that Utley will announce his intention to retire at season’s end. He’s technically under contract for the 2019 season as well at a rate of $1MM, but it seems he’ll forgo that sum and call it a career when the 2018 campaign draws to a close.
If and when Utley does elect to end his playing career, he’ll quite likely be viewed as a potential Hall of Famer — and with just cause, given his overall body of work. The former No. 15 overall pick (Phillies, 2000) has, to this point, spent parts of 16 seasons in the Majors and posted a .276/.358/.466 batting line with 259 home runs, 1100 runs scored, 1025 RBIs and 153 stolen bases. The six-time All-Star has won four Silver Slugger Awards at second base — each coming between 2006-09, when he was widely considered to be one of the best players in all of baseball. From 2006-13, Utley raked at a .290/.379/.498 clip — good for a robust 129 OPS+.
Utley’s best season, by measure of wins above replacement, came in 2008 when he helped lead the Phillies to a World Series Championship. Then 29 years of age, Utley hit .292/.380/.515 with 33 homers during the regular season and played a pivotal role in helping the Phils advance beyond the NLCS against his current organization, the Dodgers. All in all, he’s been worth 65.6 rWAR and 63.2 fWAR over the course of a brilliant career. Utley doesn’t have the individual accolades that many prefer to see among Hall of Famers, but he had one of the better peaks of any second basemen in recent memory and figures to nonetheless have some supporters when balloting rolls around.