Jul 25, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley (26) dives to field a ground ball keeping it in the infield during the first inning a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Even at age 35, Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley still has things to accomplish. One of those things is winning a Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
The six-time All-Star has often been noted for his strong defense between fellow veterans Ryan Howard and his long-time double play partner Jimmy Rollins. Utley, however, has never won a Gold Glove Award. That could change this year seeing as he is one of three finalists up for the award for National League second basemen.
As the only member of the Phillies to be a finalist in 2014, Utley will have to beat out DJ LeMahieu of the Colorado Rockies and Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds. Phillips is already a four-time Gold Glover.
Winners are to be announced on Friday, November 11th. Voting is based on both analysis from managers and statistics.
In 2014, Utley led the National League in several second base defensive categories: defensive games as a second baseman (147), putouts (292) and assists (423). His 87 double plays turned as a second baseman were the third most in the NL. Chase Utley is the active leader in putouts by second basemen with 2,932. The former UCLA star committed 11 errors in 2014, but finished with a .985 fielding percentage.