Chase Utley was in the Phillies’ clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park on Monday. It was the perfect setting for the principal subject matter: what went wrong last season, and why.
Plate discipline? Check. Gets on base? Check. Ability to steal bases? Check. Oh, and he'll bust it to first on every play, too.
Yep, that guy would be Chase Utley.
Long-time leadoff hitter Jimmy Rollins batted in the top third of the Phillies' lineup in every game he started last year.
Cole Hamels recently indicated that Phillies management was slow to embrace a rebuilding effort.