Is Chase Utley a Hall of Famer?
May, 24, 2014
By Buster Olney | ESPN.com
Dilip Vishwanat/Getty ImagesPhillies second baseman Chase Utley has a cumulative career WAR of 59.6.The evaluator hesitated for about 0.2 seconds when considering the question asked over the phone: Who's the best player you've seen lately?
"Chase Utley," he said, and went on to describe how Utley is getting to low pitches in a way he hadn't for a few years, in how he's driving the ball, in how he's making better contact.
Utley missed 216 games from 2010 through 2013, or almost 1.5 full seasons, and by the spring of 2012 he looked as if might never get back to being what he had been in his prime -- an All-Star in five straight seasons, someone who finished in the top 10 in the NL MVP voting three times.