As if Saturday’s game could not get any bigger for the Dodgers, 13-year veteran Chase Utley will be awarded the 2016 Roy Campanella Award before the game. Also, the first 50,000 fans in attendance will be given a Limited Edition Vin Scully Commemorative Coin as Vin Scully Weekend rolls on.
According to truebluela.com, Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts said, “That’s a fitting award for [Utley].”
He continued, “Just the way we go about playing every pitch with intent, attention to detail, preparedness and all that stuff, that was [Utley] does […] A guy that everyone in the clubhouse has respect for, has learned from.”
Utley will join only pitcher Clayton Kershaw as current Dodgers to have won the award. Kershaw is a two-time Roy Campanella award winner (2013 and 2014). The award was first given away in 2006.
The award, voted on by Dodger players and coaching staff, is given annually to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ player who best displays the spirit and leadership of the former three-time MVP.
The man known simply as “The Veteran” is a career .278 hitter and is batting .252 this season with 12 home runs and 50 RBI. More importantly, the 37-year old Utley is one of the veterans leaders on a team whose magic number is two to win the National League West.
Utley has played 132 games for the Dodgers this season, his most since the 2014 season with the Philadelphia Phillies. He has started in 112 games for the Boys in Blue.
The Dodgers have two home games remaining on the season including Saturday, marking the last home stand Vin Scully. The team will look to clinch their fourth consecutive NL West title on the weekend dubbed Vin Scully Weekend.