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.
SAN DIEGO — Nothing official from the Phillies yet, but the team has apparently hired a new head athletic trainer.
According to multiple baseball sources, the Phils have hired Paul Buchheit for the position. Buchheit was most recently an assistant athletic trainer on the staff of the Boston Red Sox.
Buchheit replaces Scott Sheridan, who became the Phillies’ head athletic trainer in October 2006. Sheridan’s contract was not renewed after last season. General manager Matt Klentak declined to talk about specific reasons for the change last month.
Sheridan served on the National League’s athletic training staff for the All-Star Game in July. He was instrumental in helping Chase Utley continue his career after the second baseman developed serious knee issues earlier this decade (see story).
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