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Former Phillie Chase Utley to join Dodgers broadcast team for select games

Former Phillie Chase Utley to join Dodgers broadcast team for select games

Chase Utley wasn't the biggest or fastest player.

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.

Utley joked that he'll need some pointers from retired Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully.

Imagine putting those two together in the broadcast booth?

Now that's talkin' ball.

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MLB suspends Mets pitcher Jacob Rhame 2 games for throwing at Rhys Hoskins

MLB suspends Mets pitcher Jacob Rhame 2 games for throwing at Rhys Hoskins

Major League Baseball has determined that Jacob Rhame's pitches at Rhys Hoskins' head were intentional. Rhame has been suspended two games, chief baseball officer Joe Torre announced Thursday.

In the span of six pitches Tuesday night, Rhame threw two high-90s pitches that sailed over Hoskins' head in the ninth inning of a 9-0 game. The Mets claimed it was accidental, as teams always do, but nobody on the Phillies' side believed it.

It was apparent retaliation for two Mets being hit by pitches in consecutive at-bats by two different Phillies pitchers the previous night. Jose Alvarez and Juan Nicasio clearly were not trying to hit either Met in a close game.

MLB's ruling comes a day after Hoskins got his revenge on Rhame with a ninth-inning home run and a trot around the bases that lasted more than 34 seconds (see story).

There is definite bad blood brewing between these teams, which is good for baseball. 

"That's what a rivalry is," Hoskins said Wednesday night.

The Phillies and Mets haven't both been positioned to contend in the same year for close to a decade. The teams don't meet again for two months but when they do, it will be interesting to see whether those feelings have lingered and if the Mets aim to send Hoskins another message.

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Bryce Harper plays MLB The Show 19 on NBC's 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

Bryce Harper plays MLB The Show 19 on NBC's 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

With the Phillies in New York this week playing a drama-filled series against the Mets, Bryce Harper paid a visit to NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

Harper's segment aired Wednesday night, a little over an hour after Rhys Hoskins purposefully strolled around the Citi Field bases following a statement home run off of Mets pitcher Jacob Rhame (see story).

So it's fitting Harper and Fallon duked it out in a Home Run Derby on MLB The Show 19, the video game in which the Phillies' 13-year, $330 million man dons the cover.

Fallon tried rattling Harper. Not happening.

"You suck, you suck, you suck," Fallon said in the slugger's face.

"That's fine," Harper said. "I heard it a lot worse last night."

Fallon used Aaron Judge in Yankee Stadium … no advantage there.

Harper went with the sly move of knocking the controller out of Fallon's hands.

It sort of worked.

Ultimately, Harper's visit to Fallon was not victorious. But it did go better than Gritty's trip.

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