July 7, 2008
NEW YORK - Former standout UCLA baseball player Chase Utley has been voted by fans around the country to start at second base and represent the Philadelphia Phillies in the 79th Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 15, at Yankee Stadium in New York.
Utley received 3,889,602 votes, the highest total among all National League players and the second-highest total overall, behind New York Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez (3,934,518). Utley, who starred on UCLA's baseball team from 1998-2000, will make his fourth consecutive All-Star Game appearance.
Through Sunday, July 6, Utley leads the majors with 24 home runs and has registered the fifth-highest RBI total, 67 (tied with Houston's Carlos Lee). In 88 games, Utley has compiled a .294 batting average and 100 hits.
Additionally, Utley will make his debut competing in the annual home run derby, slated for the evening of Monday, July 14, at Yankee Stadium. Utley will face other confirmed participants Lance Berkman (Houston), Josh Hamilton (Texas), Grady Sizemore (Cleveland) and Dan Uggla (Florida).
The second overall pick in the 2000 MLB Draft by Philadelphia, Utley was a two-time first-team All-America selection at UCLA. He gained Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball in 1998 and first-team All-America recognition from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) in 1999.
As a junior in 2000, Utley earned first-team All-America honors from The Sporting News, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Utley finished his Bruin career as a two-time All-Pac-10 selection at second base, establishing himself among the single-season and career leaders in several categories in school history. Utley totaled 53 career home runs (4th), 256 hits (5th) and 174 runs batted in (7th). Utley's total of 108 hits in 2000 currently ranks second on the UCLA single-season hit list.
The 2008 MLB All-Star Game is slated for a 5 p.m. start (PT) on Tuesday, July 15. The game will be televised live by FOX Sports.