Rob Neyer Just Now Realized That Chase Utley is Good

Better late than never, Rob:

For whatever reason — maybe it’s these reports about Utley maybe getting a new deal with the Phillies — I happened to look him up on Baseball-Reference.com. Noticed that he’s 34, which seems old for a new deal. But then again it’s the Phillies, and they don’t see color. Or age. Then I noticed that Utley’s sitting on 58 career Wins Above Replacement.

He’s got 58 Wins+ and he’s not even halfway to 3,000 hits. How good has this guy actually been, when he’s actually played?

He’s been incredible. I made a list of the top 20 second basemen, which includes all the Hall of Famers except Johnny Evers, Red Schoendienst, and Bill Mazeroski. Then I figured their Wins+ per 162 games. Here are the top six:

1. Rogers Hornsby (9.1)
2. Chase Utley (7.4)
3. Nap Lajoie (7.3)
4. Jackie Robinson (7.3)
5. Eddie Collins (7.1)
6. Joe Morgan (6.1)

Yes, Philadelphia, nerds love WAR, and, clearly, it’s the only metric that matters when measuring humans who play a game with sticks and balls (I like my sarcasm thick, meaty). But, in the wake of my post calling for the Phillies to do the hardest thing they’ve ever had to do (if necessary), it’s worth pointing out how good Chase Utley is when he’s healthy. Even if it took a national baseball writer a decade to figure it out.

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12 Comments

  • Crucify Wheels July 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    So when he say’s he made a list, he means he clicked sort by WAR on the table. Dumb twat.

  • vile_mennis July 25, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    WAR is stupid. Not all fancy stats are as useful as people make them to be. WAR is the worst of the worst for baseball. Even shitty baseball players have (+) WAR

    • Crucify Wheels July 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      So you’re saying WAR, what is it good for?

      • Talbot's Fucking Penis July 25, 2013 at 3:36 pm

        Absolutely nothin’.

    • The Truth July 25, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      That’s because they are only slightly better than the shittiest baseball players, numb nuts

    • Harry July 25, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      Yup, you’re dumb

  • FACE July 25, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    According to most of these WAR guys, Utley was the best player in baseball for three or four years straight. I believe E!SPN ran the article and had a list of the best players over the last 30 years in terms of WAR and Utley and Schmidt were both pretty high on it.

  • The Truth July 25, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Neyer gets MLB job offers every year. But yeah, what a fucking moron.

  • Chutley July 25, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    same guy u want to trade.

    • Duke Nukem July 25, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      What’s his WAR when he’s on crutches 3 months each year. You dumb dildo.

  • Crucify Wheels July 25, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    The Phillies are close to acquiring 31yr old OF Chris Dickerson, who was recently released by Baltimore because he fucking sucks balls.

  • Marcus Hayes July 26, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I still think Jimmy Rollins has been way more valuable to the Phillies. And I’m not just saying that because I hate white people…

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