Four Former UCLA Players Lead Major League Teams to 2009 Postseason
Oct. 6, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Four former UCLA baseball players have helped lead their respective Major League Baseball organizations to the playoffs, which begin Wednesday, Oct. 7. UCLA is represented this fall by Philadelphia's Ben Francisco and Chase Utley, Colorado's Garrett Atkins and St. Louis' Troy Glaus.
Utley and Francisco look to help the Philadelphia Phillies secure their second consecutive World Series Championship. Utley was an instrumental player on the Phillies' 2008 World Series title-winning team, and Francisco was traded to Philadelphia from Cleveland prior to July's midseason trade deadline.
Utley will be making his third consecutive postseason appearance, having helped Philadelphia to its third consecutive National League East Division crown. Francisco, a three-year major league veteran, will make his postseason debut in the National League Division Series against Colorado.
Atkins and the Colorado Rockies turned around their season after opening the year with an 18-28 start. The Rockies secured the National League Wild Card by going 74-42 the rest of the way. Atkins helped lead Colorado to the 2007 National League Pennant and will make his second postseason appearance this week.
Glaus, the 2002 World Series MVP (Anaheim Angels), returned from an injury late during the 2009 season and looks to help the St. Louis Cardinals as they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Divisional Series. Glaus will make his third trip to postseason play, having led the Anaheim Angels to the 2002 World Series title and to the American League Division Series in 2004.