Batter Up: Chase Utley

Chase Utley is originally from Pasadena, CA. He was a tremendous baseball player growing up, spending countless hours perfecting his swing. Chase played his high school baseball at Long Beach Poly High School, and was able to stay close to home when he was offered a scholarship to play for UCLA. In 2000, after that season Chase was selected in the first round (15th overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies and began his journey through the minors.
In 2010 Chase was named the NL all-star game starter for the 5th consecutive year, however a thumb injury forced him to miss the game. The injury caused Chase to sit out all of July and part of August, but he was able to return to form to help lead the Phillies back to the playoffs where they met the Cincinnati Reds. After a 3-game sweep of the Reds, the Phillies faced the Giants, eventually losing in a hard fought 6 game series.

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