Ut­ley plans to re­tire at end of sea­son

Orlando Sentinel - - BASEBALL -

LOS AN­GE­LES — Chase Ut­ley will re­tire from base­ball at the end of this sea­son, cap­ping a 16-year ca­reer that in­cluded a World Se­ries cham­pi­onship with the Phillies and an el­der-states­man role with the Dodgers.

The six-time All-Star said he’s leav­ing to spend more time with his wife and two young sons. Ut­ley an­nounced his de­ci­sion Fri­day at a jammed news con­fer­ence in the base­ment of Dodger Sta­dium, with sev­eral of his team­mates sur­pris­ing him by crowd­ing into the small, steamy room.

“I just want you guys to know that I’ve signed a five-year ex­ten­sion,” Ut­ley dead­panned, draw­ing laugh­ter from man­ager Dave Roberts, Ken­ley Jansen, Justin Turner, Alex Wood, An­drew Toles, Joc Ped­er­son, Lo­gan Forsythe and Ross Stripling.

Three-time Cy Young Award win­ner Clay­ton Ker­shaw sat on the floor in a cor­ner, with Matt Kemp, Rich Hill, Corey Sea­ger, Austin Barnes and Kenta Maeda join­ing him.

The 2019 sea­son would have been the fi­nal year of a two-year, $2 mil­lion con­tract for Ut­ley.

“I’m no spring chicken,” Ut­ley said. “My hair is go­ing gray. There’s a lot of things let­ting me know it’s time.”

Ut­ley has been in­flu­en­tial in the club­house with the Dodgers’ young ros­ter, but his role has been re­duced from starter in 2016 to pla­toon player last year to part-time starter and pinch hit­ter this sea­son.

“(He’s) prob­a­bly the most well-re­spected guy in our club­house, just (be­cause of ) the way he treats peo­ple (and) how con­sis­tent he’s been,” Roberts said.

Ut­ley has a .276 ca­reer av­er­age with 259 home runs. He is renowned for his base-steal­ing abil­ity, with 153 steals in 175 at­tempts.

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