On this edition of At The Yard, Corey Seidman and Jim Salisbury discuss how Bryce Harper is starting to get his timing down at the plate. Is there any connection whatsoever between spring training and regular-season productivity?
This is an important season for Nick Pivetta. Is he ready for it, and what went into naming him the starter in Game 2?
Also, an injury update on Rhys Hoskins.
1:00 — Bryce Harper is starting to get his timing down. 3:00 — Any carryover between spring training and real baseball? 6:00 — Why is Nick Pivetta starting Game 2? 13:00 — Phillies want a consistent batting order. 17:00 — Is Odubel Herrera starting to "get it?" 20:00 — Update on Rhys Hoskins. 22:00 — Next Phillie in line for an extension.
He always found advantages, though, through preparation and guile, outsmarting the opposition and capitalizing on the finest of details.
Phillies fans will never forget the fake throw to first to then nab Jason Bartlett at the plate during Game 5 of the 2008 Fall Classic, such an Utley-type play on the night the city was crowned world champions of baseball.
And how about the moment in 2006 when Utley was bestowed his famous nickname? "Chase Utley, you are the man!" the great Harry Kalas said after No. 26 raced home from second base on a high chopper to the mound.
Everyone knew Utley's smarts would make him a great coach.
They would also make him a hell of an analyst.
Fans will get the pleasure of hearing Utley provide his insight this season out in Los Angeles. It was announced Wednesday night that the retired second baseman will join SportsNet LA in studio for a few Dodgers games.