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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It would seem as though the Phillies, as a team, are unlikely to bring home a title this year. Chase Utley, individually, was just awarded one that he’d probably rather not have received.
Forbes put out its list of the “top ten bench warmers in sports,” this week, highlighting the ten players in United States team sports who have earned the most for playing the least. Utley is tops on their list.
“Torn thumb ligaments. The right knee, then the left knee. And this season, the body part that no one ever heard of a decade ago that every player in the league now seems to strain at least once a year: the oblique,” Forbes writes about Utley. “Utley’s recent month on the disabled list is only the latest in a series of bumps, bruises and tears that have kept him out of more than 200 games since the beginning of the 2010 season, all while collecting some $60 million. So as much as we love him, there’s little choice but to declare Utley as sports’ best-paid bench warmer.”
Utley even comes in ahead of the Miami Heat’s Rashard Lewis, who started only nine games for the Heat this year, and didn’t play a meaningful minute in the playoffs, while earning $13.7 million.
Ben Gordon, Kris Humphries, and Corey Maggette, all NBA players, round out the top five.
For the entire list, visit Forbes.