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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, June 14, 2017

Don Newcombe’s lost interview: Dodger great talks about barriers and breaking them down

Campanella and I signed to play for the Danville Dodgers in the Three-I (Illinois-Indiana-Iowa) League. When the president of the league heard about that, he called Branch Rickey and said ‘I’ll close the league down. They’ll never play here.’ There was only one club left in the Dodger farm system where we could go, and that was in Nashua, New Hampshire, in the New England League. Buzzie Bavasi was the general manager and Walter Alston was the field manager.

“What would have happened if the president of the New England League had said the same thing as the president of the Three-I League? You might never have seen Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe play baseball and set the records that we set.

 


 

 

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