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    Chase Utley

    After his torrid start to the season (currently batting .472) it got me thinking does Chase Utley still have a shot at the hall of fame. Before injuries he seemed like a lock but his prime was relatively short.

    In his favor:
    Highest Career .OPS out of any 2nd basemen in the past 50 years (.873)
    He's 5 home runs short of being 9th in career home runs for 2nd baseman (currently at 219)
    2nd highest WAR out of all players from 2005-2009 (behind Pujols)
    Went 5 straight years of a .900+ OPS
    Won a World Series (2008)

    Against him:
    Only 1427 Hits
    Only 1332 Games Played
    No Gold Gloves
    Injuries and short career

    While I understand why a player like Craig Biggio made the hall of fame and Chase Utley will most likely fall short I think it would be a shame to leave a 2nd basemen with 5 straight .900+ OPS years out of the hall of fame. Thoughts?
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    If he has a few more seasons like his last few seasons, then he should merit some serious consideration.

    I'd probably vote him in, if I had a vote.

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    I also think that he would have been in the big leagues sooner had he accepted the Dodgers original draft pick offer in 1997 instead of opting to go to college and then being drafted by the Phillies in 2000 and then being a minor leaguer with them through 2003/2004.
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    I'd like to see another 10-15 WAR. I think that's very reachable for him. He is an under-rated superstar. As in, nobody thinks of him as a superstar in his prime.


    I don't think he'll get in, but I would probably vote for him if I had a vote.

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    Love me some Chase Utley. He realistically needs a few more seasons. He had a late start, was riddled with injuries recently and no looks like a barely above average player.

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    It is interesting how injuries have really taken a toll on him. I remember on this forum people spoke of Utley being on the path to becoming one of the best 2B of all time. Being someone who watches him everyday, I was not surprised that he became injured prone. He was willing to sacrifice his body in so many plays, which was one of many reasons why he was embraced like he was in Philly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thefeckcampaign View Post
    It is interesting how injuries have really taken a toll on him. I remember on this forum people spoke of Utley being on the path to becoming one of the best 2B of all time.
    Based on his run from 2005-2009. That's ancient history now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJBASEBALL22 View Post
    Love me some Chase Utley. He realistically needs a few more seasons. He had a late start, was riddled with injuries recently and no looks like a barely above average player.
    Coming off a 3.6 rWAR season, and hasn't been below 3 rWAR since 2004....

    109 OPS+, hasn't been league average offensively since 2004....

    He's easily top 10 at the position still.

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    He was great during his prime. But I don't think he will get in.

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