Chase Utley is the type of player who can beat you any way he wants. He can run, field, throw, and hit as well as anyone at his position, and he makes it all look easy (he shows it all here). Utley swings a Marucci CU26 bat, a brand we’ve been seeing more of lately in the Bigs (the two other featured athletes on Marucci’s site are Bryce Harper and Albert Pujols). Not bad company.
At the end of last season, Utley was seen wearing the all-white Franklin Pro Classic batting gloves, and earlier in the season he wore the red/white colorway. The red/white’s can be found online, though the all-whites we couldn’t track down.
On his feet, Utley wears the adidas adiZero Diamond King that you see in the picture–the ones he wore for the inside-the-parker vs. San Francisco last year. Chase’s Stolen Base Percentage for his career is just a hair under 90% (110/123), a testament to the second baseman’s reputation for being the best baserunner in the league. In 2009, Utley managed to steal 23 bases without being caught once, which, by our research, is the highest number for a single season in baseball history (this Baseball Reference article is dated 2007 and Kevin McReynolds was the leader with 21 swipes without a caught-stealing). Since 2009, Utley has stolen 50 bases while being caught just twice. Utley’s combination of speed and intelligence on the bases, power, and glove earned him a spot on the MLB All-Decade Team in 2009. He’s a four-time silver slugger and a five time All-Star, and his 5-home-run performance in the 2009 World Series, though it was in a losing effort, was one of the more memorable individual performances in recent memory.
Little-known fact: Utley led the league in Hit-By-Pitches three years in a row (’07-’09), for a total of 76 HBPs. That’s no fluke–that’s Chase Utley trying to beat you any way he can.
Here’s Utley’s walk-up music for your enjoyment:
Here are the links:
Franklin Pro Classic Batting Gloves (the “Neo Classics” will come up on this link and are similar to the “Pro” style)
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