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Dodgers News: Chase Utley Given Heart and Hustle Award

Jun 4, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley (26) dives to stop a hard grounder off the bat of Atlanta Braves third baseman Chase d'Arnaud (not pictured) in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium. d'Arnaud beat the throw by Utley to first for an infield single. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

When the Dodgers resigned Chase Utley at the end of the 2015 season, many fans were a bit distraught to say the least. Many were concerned that the 37 year old was approaching the low point of his career; however, he has been one of the most consistent parts of the Dodgers’ lineup.

This season Utley is hitting .260 with a .343 OBP and 15 doubles! The only reason his average is a bit on the low side is because of a small slump in June where he hit .209. Utley is out of that slump, however, hitting .270 in the month of July so far.

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Thankfully, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association took noticed and decided to honor Chase Utley. On Tuesday, Utley was named the 2016 Dodger recipient of the Heart and Hustle award!

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Many believe Chase Utley’s style of play is very rough, pointing back to the playoffs last year and his collision at 2nd base. However, his work ethic is unparalleled, especially for somebody at his age! Congratulations, Chase! Hopefully you can take your heart and hustle and lead the team to the postseason!

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Written by Alex Perez

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