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Say hey, baseball: Chase Utley officially lost his job with the Phillies

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Chase Utley is one of the greatest Phillies of all-time, a second baseman who hit well enough to play first, but was one of the better gloves at the keystone on top of that bat. He was part of the 2008 World Series winning team, and even as Philadelphia began to fade, he was still there to put up quality numbers into his mid-30s. That time seems to be over now, though, as not only is Utley on the disabled list and batting just .179/.257/.275, but general manager Ruben Amaro and interim manager Pete Mackanin are in agreement that, when the 36-year-old Utley returns, it will be to the bench.


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That's because the 25-year-old Cesar Hernandez has taken a hold of second base with his performance in 2015. While he struggled in limited duty in the past, Hernandez is batting .301/.386/.383 in 72 games this season. That's probably not going to last, as he has a .362 batting average on balls in play, and once that falls his line will only look pretty compared to Utley's. The thing is, though, that at least he's young and can maybe figure some things out for a Phillies' team that's rebuilding. Utley probably isn't going to be Utley again, no matter how many plate appearances he gets.

Maybe Utley will return to form once his ankle heals, or at least regain enough of his former self that it makes more sense to play him than rely on Hernandez's luck. The Phillies still intend to play him, and Amaro did say that Utley's situation "would dictate itself," so maybe there is a chance for him to hit his way back into regular duty. One would hope so, as losing his job while on the disabled list to someone collecting a few extra singles is no way for Utley to go out.