Dodgers’ Chase Utley to Retire at End of Season

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Chase Utley won't be able to hurt the Mets anymore.

A consistent figure in the National League, Chase Utley has announced his plans to retire from the MLB following the 2018 season. This season, Utley was hit by a pitch for the 200th time in his career, becoming only the eighth player all-time to be hit by 200 career pitches. He leaves the game as a six-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger Award-winner. He helped the team to a World Series title in 2008, combining with shortstop Jimmy Rollins as a standout double-play duo.

Utley was a cereer.276 hitter with 259 home runs and 1,025 RBI.

Utley was to speak at a news conference later Friday at Dodger Stadium.

That fall, Utley broke the leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada with a hard slide into second base in Game 2 of the National League Division Series.

Utley has provided a veteran's perspective and been influential in the clubhouse with the Dodgers' young roster. Ironically, Utley was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but turned down the offer to join the UCLA Bruins. His former teammates from the 2008 championship team, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth, recently announced their retirements.

This season, he is batting.231 in 57 games for the Dodgers.