Chase Utley, 10 years after leading the Phillies to a World Series championship, will announce Friday afternoon that he will retire at the end of the season, a source said.
The 39-year-old second baseman is batting .231 with a .313 on-base percentage in a reserve role with the Dodgers. He will visit Citizens Bank Park on July 23 for a three-game series that will surely turn into an Utley farewell tour. The Phillies will honor the 2008 world champions on Aug. 5.
Utley signed a two-year contract before the season to return to the Dodgers, the team to which the Phillies traded him in 2015. He has carved out a role on the team as a veteran presence and is jokingly referred to by some teammates as “Dad.” Utley seemed to become almost as beloved in L.A. as he was in Philly.
There is a chance that his visit this month to Citizens Bank Park might not be his last. It is possible to imagine a scenario that has the Dodgers playing the Phillies in October in a one-game wild-card playoff or a postseason series. That would be interesting.