Player Profile: Chase Utley
Chase Utley’s glove has been the same Rawlings Pro Preferred Pro-I Web that he’s been using as far back as WPW could see. You can even see the light tan Rawlings in the below clip, a quick double play Utley turns in the 2008 World Series. What you’ll also see is the red Franklin Pro Classic batting glove Utley wears under the Rawlings, a common trick that adds a little more padding to prevent stinging, but also creates a more stable fit. Utley’s glove is difficult to find, though we did find it available online at Eastbay, most likely in limited quantity.
A quick lesson on Rawlings model numbers, the model we see Utley wearing is the PROS15IC—-however, the “5” in that number usually refers to the trapeze web you see here—-for a reason that What Pros Wear hasn’t figured out yet, the 5 and 7 sometimes flip-flop on Pro Preferred gloves. Regardless, Utley’s Pro Preferred is exactly like the one you see above, with light tan/dark tan leather/lacing and the Pro-I Web.
UPDATE (3.15.12): WPW Reader Ryan brought it to our attention that Utley’s game glove is not in fact a PROS15IC. It is an identical, extremely rare Pro Preferred called a PROTROY11K (pictures below). The difference is that the PROTROY11K is 11 1/4 inch while the PROS15IC is 11 1/2. Thanks a lot Ryan, we appreciate the feedback. It’s awesome to have people out there helping us out.
Utley, a Fielding Bible Award winner in 2010, wore custom Oakley Radar sunglasses last year. The Oakleys you see in the picture above are exactly like the Radars Utley wore late last year, which you can build with Oakley’s custom tool. Phillies fans (like the ones in the video below) are hoping Chase can recover after a knee injury hampered him in 2011. Utley is a pleasure to watch and WPW is rooting for a bounce back year in 2012.
Here are the links:
Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS15IC at Eastbay
Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS15ICB (Black version of Utley’s model)
Franklin Neo Classic Batting Gloves (Franklin Pro Classics are pretty much extinct)
Oakley Radar Custom Builder (Utley wears a “Team Red” frame and a “Positive Red Iridium” lense)
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Chase Utley is the type of player who can beat you any way he wants. He can run, field, throw, and hit as well as anyone at his position, and he makes it all look easy (he shows it all here). Utley swings a Marucci CU26 bat, a brand we’ve been seeing more of lately in the Bigs (the two other featured athletes on Marucci’s site are Bryce Harper and Albert Pujols). Not bad company.
At the end of last season, Utley was seen wearing the all-white Franklin Pro Classic batting gloves, and earlier in the season he wore the red/white colorway. The red/white’s can be found online, though the all-whites we couldn’t track down.
On his feet, Utley wears the adidas adiZero Diamond King that you see in the picture–the ones he wore for the inside-the-parker vs. San Francisco last year. Chase’s Stolen Base Percentage for his career is just a hair under 90% (110/123), a testament to the second baseman’s reputation for being the best baserunner in the league. In 2009, Utley managed to steal 23 bases without being caught once, which, by our research, is the highest number for a single season in baseball history (this Baseball Reference article is dated 2007 and Kevin McReynolds was the leader with 21 swipes without a caught-stealing). Since 2009, Utley has stolen 50 bases while being caught just twice. Utley’s combination of speed and intelligence on the bases, power, and glove earned him a spot on the MLB All-Decade Team in 2009. He’s a four-time silver slugger and a five time All-Star, and his 5-home-run performance in the 2009 World Series, though it was in a losing effort, was one of the more memorable individual performances in recent memory.
Little-known fact: Utley led the league in Hit-By-Pitches three years in a row (’07-’09), for a total of 76 HBPs. That’s no fluke–that’s Chase Utley trying to beat you any way he can.
Here’s Utley’s walk-up music for your enjoyment:
Here are the links:
Franklin Pro Classic Batting Gloves (the “Neo Classics” will come up on this link and are similar to the “Pro” style)
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