July 3, 2006
Los Angeles - Former UCLA baseball standouts Chase Utley and Troy Glaus were selected to the National League and American League rosters, respectively, for the 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Pittsburgh. Utley, of the Philadelphia Phillies, earned the National League's starting second base spot through fan voting. Glaus, of the Toronto Blue Jays, was selected as a reserve third baseman for the American League.
Utley will make his second-consecutive appearance on an MLB All-Star roster. The second baseman has posted a .300 batting average in 80 games this season. Utley leads the Phillies in hits (97) and runs (66) and his 16 home runs are the most by any major-league second baseman. Glaus' selection marks the fifth time he has earned a spot on an MLB All-Star roster. Through 78 games this season, he leads all major-league third basemen with 22 home runs.
Utley was drafted in the first round of the 2000 Major League Draft by the Phillies. The three-year letterman at UCLA recorded a .342 batting average, 182 runs, 53 home runs and 174 RBI in 177 career games. After his stellar junior season, Utley earned first-team All-America honors by the Sporting News, in addition to being named to Collegiate Baseball's All-America third team.
Glaus was drafted in the first round of the 1997 Major League Draft by the Anaheim Angels as the third overall selection. While at UCLA, he compiled a .344 batting average (240-for-697) with 211 runs, 39 doubles, 2 triples, 62 home runs, 180 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 179 games spanning 1995-97. During his junior season, Glaus led the Bruins to the 1997 College World Series and was named a First Team All-America by Baseball America.