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NYT: Utley Is ‘Mr. Baseball’, All Business

A little Sunday reading for everyone (hat tip to the 700 Level) — the New York Times has a story about Chase Utley (call him “Mr. Baseball” or the Anti-Manny Ramirez) and his approach to baseball. It’s stuff you’ve heard before, but we get some childhood snapshots and the Reds’ Edinson Volquez adds Utley’s kryptonite at the plate. There are also plenty of good quotes from Utley, his father, Jimmy Rollins and Davy Lopes.

Maybe the best illustration of Utley’s demeanor comes from Lopes, who says Utley almost never slaps his hand after hitting a home run:

“Nine out of 10 guys, I can get. He’s very difficult to get to sometimes because he’s at full blast, like he’s never hit a home run before.”

It’s a nice piece, and it’s good to see Utley getting more recognition nationally for being such an exceptional player. More and more he’s becoming the model of how the game should be played.

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