After hanging up his cleats for good, Chase Utley will remain with the Los Angeles Dodgers in a front office role.
Reports emerged Utley was joining the front office early in the offseason when he was spotted with Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, in Las Vegas during Major League Baseball’s winter meetings.
While the Dodgers have yet to make an official announcement of Utley’s role, Jorge Castillo of the LA Times reports that the former second baseman’s title has not been decided.
Andrew Friedman said Chase Utley will work for the Dodgers this season. It’s “pre-official.” His exact role hasn’t been decided. Should become official over the next week.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) February 13, 2019
Utley’s transition from the field to the front office transpired rather quickly after the Dodgers released the him from the team to comply with his desire to retire. The 40-year-old announced his retirement halfway through the 2018 season and stated that he was ready to be a full-time dad after being a part-time player and coach.
With Utley’s imminent front office position, it appears to be a win-win situation for those involved and the people looking from outside. After Utley was traded to the Dodgers in 2015 from the Philadelphia Phillies, he quickly became a treasured member of the clubhouse.
Utley’s seasons with the Dodgers weren’t as productive like those in Philadelphia, but his passion and drive for the game didn’t waver in a different uniform. The experience of multiple World Series appearances and consecutive years of playoff runs made the Long Beach native a key member for the Dodgers.
His involvement with game strategy, to developing young players like Corey Seager quickly made a lasting impact with the team and fans.
With an on-field coaching job very likely in his future, we could look back at this as the signing of the off-season for 2019.
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