Reports: Chase Utley Will Retire At the END of the Year
Okay, sounds like he’s gonna retire, but not immediately.
Per a couple of guys:
I have been told plan with Utley is to announce he is retiring effective at the end of this season (he has a contract for next year). #Dodgers
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 13, 2018
Chase Utley will be announcing his retirement at the end of the season, as @Joelsherman1 said. Despite the press conference, it's actually very on-brand for Utley: wants to talk about it once, then not have to address it again going forward.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 13, 2018
It might be on-brand, but Chase has to know that he’s going to be asked about retirement for the rest of the season now. It’s a half-retirement tour, not exactly Kobe Bryant, but a few months of it. The only difference is that Utley isn’t totally killing his team by chucking up 40 shots a game.
Anyway, the Dodgers come to Philly for a three game series on July 23rd. Might as well just retire the jersey and put him on the Wall of Fame and let him retire as a Phil, because he was the best player during the franchise’s best period in history (my opinion).