It has long been expected that Chase Utley was going to take on some sort of role, other than playing, with the Dodgers. It now looks as though that role has been officially defined as Alanna Rizzo made the announcement on Wednesday.
I can finally announce, that Chase Utley is joining our @SportsNetLA broadcast crew this season, for a select number of games. Welcome to the club, Chase!
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) March 20, 2019
In a very surprising move, it looks like the Silver Fox will be making the move to television. He’ll join the likes of Nomar Garciaparra and Jerry Hairston Jr as former players who took broadcast/analyst roles with SportsNet LA. Utley has been a fan favorite since he showed up in Los Angeles, and I am sure fans are ecstatic about the move.
Chase came to Los Angeles via trade in the 2015 season and played all the way through 2018 before announcing his retirement from baseball. He hit a combined 236 across his 2.5 seasons with Los Angeles, but he didn’t play a whole lot in their three playoff years. Utley’s value was to the team was through his leadership and character, as younger players tried to be around him in the clubhouse and on the field every day.
Utley will take on a studio analyst role similar to what Hairston and Nomar do. We at Dodgers Nation are all very excited to see him back in the organization. Welcome home again, Chase.
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