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Saturday, April 25, 2020

The case for Chase Utley as the most important Phillie from 2007-11

There’s no right answer. But there is a best answer. That’s how I feel when asked to compare Howard, Rollins and Utley. Put any one of that trio on a different team and the golden era of Phillies baseball doesn’t happen. It’s as simple as that. Yet, there is a first among equals in that holy trinity of the infield and it’s Utley.

The passage of time can leave a haze, especially when it comes to recalling the value of athletes. It’s natural to remember only the extremes, a player at his apex or his nadir.
A decade removed from their collective primes, it’s tempting to think that Rollins and Howard played to an MVP level every season because they each have one of those trophies on their respective mantles. But that just wasn’t the case. Utley, on the other hand, did sustain a level of excellence over an extended period of time.

There’s something to be said that baseball stats can be twisted any way one wants in the interest of making an argument. But there is one statistical piece of information that clearly demonstrates Utley’s superior value relative to Rollins and Howard.

Here’s a look at each player’s combined WAR (per Baseball-Reference) from the 2007-11 seasons, the entirety of the Phils’ NL East dominance:

Utley: 34.6
Rollins: 18.1
Howard: 10.9

In realistic terms, there isn’t really any other answer, unless we try to count Pat Gillick as a Philly, is there?

 

QLE Posted: April 25, 2020 at 01:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
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