Former UCLA Standout Chase Utley Voted to Start in MLB All-Star Game
July 5, 2009
NEW YORK - Former UCLA baseball player Chase Utley has been voted by fans around the nation to start at second base and represent the Philadelphia Phillies in the 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 14, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
Utley makes his fifth appearance on the National League All-Star Roster and becomes the first NL second baseman to start four consecutive All-Star Games since Houston's Craig Biggion (1995-98). Former Chicago Cub second baseman Ryne Sandberg started eight consecutive games from 1986-93.
Through Saturday, July 4, Utley has batted .300 with 17 home runs, 16 doubles, 54 RBIs and a .424 on-base percentage. He is tied for third among all National League players with 55 runs, and his .424 on-base percentage ranks fourth.
Utley currently leads National League second baseman in home runs (17), RBIs (54), slugging percentage (.559), on-base percentage (.428), runs (55), total bases (152) and walks (48). He is tied for first with 34 extra-base hits.
Utley, the second overall pick in the 2000 MLB Draft by Philadelphia, was a two-time first-team All-America selection at UCLA. He gained Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball in 1998 and first-team All-America recognition from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) in 1999.
As a junior in 2000, Utley earned first-team All-America honors from The Sporting News, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and the ABCA.
Utley finished his Bruin career as a two-time All-Pac-10 selection at second base, establishing himself among the single-season and career leaders in several categories in school history. Utley totaled 53 career home runs (4th), 256 hits (5th) and 174 runs batted in (7th). Utley's total of 108 hits in 2000 currently ranks second on the UCLA single-season hit list.
The 2009 MLB All-Star Game is slated for a 5 p.m. start (PT) on Tuesday, July 14. The game will be televised live by FOX Sports.