Chase Utley plans to hold a news conference Friday in Los Angeles to announce that he will retire at the end of the 2018 season, sources told ESPN.
Utley spent more than 12 of his 16 seasons with the Phillies, where he became baseball's premier second baseman, and played a massive role in Philadelphia's 2008 World Series title and 2009 World Series appearance. Utley made the announcement on Friday at Dodger Stadium. He earned six All-Star selections, four Silver Sluggers, and went down in Phillies history as "The Man" thanks to Harry Kalas. He's a.276 hitter with 259 career major league home runs. The Phillies traded him to the Dodgers in August 2015 for minor league players Darnell Sweeney and John Richy. Utley has provided a veteran's perspective and been influential in the clubhouse with the Dodgers' young roster.
This season, he is batting.231 in 57 games for the Dodgers. The teams will play a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park from July 23 to 25.
Utley was the soft-spoken leader of the 2008 team, and his pending retirement comes shortly after teammates Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth announced their retirements leading up to the 10th-anniversary celebration of the World Series. Born in nearby Pasadena, Utley played at Long Beach Poly High and UCLA.