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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Chase Utley on Hall of Fame: ‘Something that I don’t really focus much on’

The 38-year-old Utley is a famously tough interview, well-known among media members for his unwillingness to say much. Some players and coaches hold court in the clubhouse before games, happy to expound when approached. This isn’t Utley. He has all the joy answering questions of a person giving a deposition.

He admits only sparingly, for instance, that people sometimes talk about him as a future Baseball Hall of Fame candidate.

“I mean, you hear it once in awhile but it’s something that I don’t really focus much on at all to be honest with you,” Utley told Sporting News on Monday, hours before the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants were set to face one another at AT&T Park.


Asked if he’s heard breakdowns of his value by sabermetrics, which have painted him throughout his career as a superb all-around player, Utley offers a quick no. He’s either unaware or selling himself short.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The 20 Greatest Phillies

How did Pete Alexander dominate the Yankees in the 1926 World Series when he was with the Cardinals despite being drunk? The answer to that question dispels a myth and reveals the different circumstances of professional baseball at the time. Quite simply, Alexander was not drunk when he entered Game Seven of the ‘26 Series in relief.

On Billy Hamilton: The athlete who’s the first to do something well usually seems remarkable. If they do it well enough, they can be startling to the senses. Babe Ruth was the first man to regularly swing for the fences and make good on his intentions. The tall farmboy Cy Young was the first to throw the baseball really hard overhand. In track and field, Jesse Owens was the first to combine blazing speed with incredible natural strength. Wilt Chamberlain was the first man so tall who was not clumsy and awkward, who was so unusually gifted that he seemed like a freak from another planet. It was Dr. J who made the dunk an art, and Micheal Jordan made soaring toward the basket a thing of ballet-like beauty. Today, Steph Curry is the first man to make shooting long-range jumpers look simple.


 

 

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