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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Hall of Fame or Not, Chase Utley Was ‘The Man’ for Philadelphia

Wins above replacement — Baseball-Reference.com’s metric that attempts to gauge a player’s value over a typical replacement — credits Utley with 65.7 WAR, placing him among the top 100 position players ever.

Then again, several players with more WAR than Utley are not enshrined, including fellow second basemen Lou Whitaker, Bobby Grich and Willie Randolph.

For what it’s worth, Utley has only 94 on the Hall of Fame Monitor, where 100 is a likely inductee. Whitaker and Randolph are both at 92, and Grich is an amazing 42 (!).

JAWS orders them as Grich, Utley, Whitaker, Randolph.

Hank Gillette Posted: July 26, 2018 at 11:19 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: chase utley, hall of fame, philadelphia phillies

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   1. Moeball Posted: August 05, 2018 at 06:43 PM (#5721421)
I was in Cooperstown for the festivities last weekend, and it was great fun! I heartily recommend every baseball fan doing it at least once.

At any rate, to get to the point - I was talking with a Phillies fan who was wearing a "Thome" jersey, and we got to talking about Chase Utley and his chances for the HOF.

This fan's interpretation was twofold:
1)No, Utley wasn't the best player on the Phillies for several years, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins rightfully won their MVPs, and
2)No, Utley shouldn't get into the HOF and it's appropriate that the BBWAA most likely won't give him more than one year on the ballot. After all, the writers know a lot more about baseball than the fans.

Well, uh, more than SOME fans, I suppose...
   2. Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: August 05, 2018 at 10:09 PM (#5721477)
Well, uh, more than SOME fans, I suppose...

Haha awesome!

I'm sure Utley will get more than 1 year on the ballot, I rarely find anyone face to face I meet or know who I can have an intelligent HOF conversation with
   3. stevegamer Posted: August 06, 2018 at 01:29 AM (#5721571)
You were talking with a Phillies fan, who is likely from the Philly area.

As a Philly native, I can tell you that the average Philly sports fan is really pretty dumb - below that of other areas that I've been. The sports talk radio is likely the worst in the world - I try and avoid anything outside of live broadcasts or game wrapup shows. Pregame might be okay, depending on who's on for a short period.
   4. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 06, 2018 at 08:00 AM (#5721585)
I can tell you that the average Philly sports fan is really pretty dumb - below that of other areas that I've been.


I'd say they are dumb on baseball, but fairly decent on football and basketball. I won't speak to hockey.

The sports talk radio is likely the worst in the world


There is a lot of awfulness emanating from NYC. Twenty years ago KC sports talk was pretty dreadful, I have no idea how it is today.
   5. BDC Posted: August 06, 2018 at 09:08 AM (#5721597)
they are dumb on baseball, but fairly decent on football and basketball. I won't speak to hockey


I was thinking of how I'd characterize DFW talk radio along these lines, but I've never heard them mention anything except football :)

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