PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Chase Utley, the Phillies lone representative in Tuesday’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game, was asked by reporters from all over the country about the possibility of being traded.
“I love playing baseball in Citizens Bank Park,” Utley responded. “I love playing in front of the Philly fans. There’s no better place to play in my opinion. Obviously winning is important and I would like to do that in Philadelphia.”
Utley, 35, has played his entire career in Philadelphia, currently in his 13th season. During his MLB career, which includes a World Series parade down Broad Street in 2008 (highlighted by his infamous “World Bleepin Champs” quote), Utley has developed a special and rare relationship with the City of Brotherly Love.
“I haven’t ever envisioned leaving Philadelphia, honestly,” Utley said. “I feel like I’m wanted in Philly. I feel like the fans appreciate the way I play. I feel like the front office appreciates the way I play and I appreciate their support over the years. I don’t plan on going anywhere, but again, if someone comes up to me and says, ‘You’re no longer wanted in Philly,’ then I’ll have to change my tune.”
Utley has a no-trade clause as part of MLB’s 10-5 rule (10 years of service, five with one club). It is looking more and more like Utley will be a Phillie for life, something that is almost impractical in today’s sports climate.
“I’ve talked to guys who have played for the Phillies and gone on to other organizations and the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.”
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