Chase Utley’s legacy as a player will forever be immortalized. A man who loved getting hit by the baseball just as much as he did a home run, went about his playing career humbly, quietly and never acting bigger than the next man up despite his years and years of knowledge.
When Utley played he knew he was a coach. He said in his retirement speech that he was happy to have always been another hitting coach, another pitching coach, and even a strength and condition trainer. Very simply put and summarized, Utley was a leader.
His leadership is what managers are made of and the Dodgers obviously saw that when they asked Utley to take on a front office role with the team.
His duties are still undefined but general manager, Andrew Friedman, told the media that Utley’s role with the team will be “announced sometime next week.”
Adding Utley can only be positive. His expertise and quiet desire to always lead should and will go a long way in the Dodgers’ player development desires and even their major league efforts.
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