In one of our biggest celebrations of the Philadelphia Phillies, every week the members of The Good Phight will be issuing one of baseball’s greatest achievements to date: The Good Phil of the Week Award. One MLB player and one MiLB player will receive the award each week and will be able to boast to their teammates that they are, in fact, a Good Phil.
Major League Good Phil of the Week: Chase Utley
Listen, I’m not going to sugar coat this. This team has been miserable this week. Sure, I could write about how Scott Kingery has continued to be the only shining star on this team. I could also write about Rhys Hoskins’ quietly decent week. Or I could write about Vince Velazquez and Aaron Nola having decent starts despite suffering from a lack of run support. But that type of positivity is an insult to all of us, including the players. This team doesn’t deserve a Good Phil this week.
Instead, this week’s award is going to one of the Goodest Phils this city has ever had. Chase Utley played an astounding 13 years with the Phillies. He slashed .282/.366/.481 over that time. He’s in the franchise top ten in WAR (2- 61.8), games played (9- 1551), at bats (9- 5748), plate appearances (7- 6617), runs scored (6- 949), hits (9- 1623), total bases (7- 2766), doubles (5- 346), home runs (6- 233), RBIs (8- 958), walks (10- 625), runs created (7- 1083), extra base hits (7- 628), hit by pitch (1- 173), and stolen base percentage (1- 88.75%).
He’s a five-time NL East Champion, four-time NL West Champion, four-time NL Champion, and a World F*ckin Champion.
He tied the record for home runs hit in a World Series with five in 2009. He made That Play- you know the one- to catch the go-ahead run in the seventh inning of Game 5 in the 2008 World Series. He had a 35-game hit streak, tied for 11th longest in baseball history. He hit so many home runs against the Mets in Citi Field that their seating in right field was unofficially named Utley’s Corner. (Seriously, there’s a New York Mets Wiki entry for it.)
But Chase Utley was more than just the numbers. He was a great leader in the clubhouse and an incredible ambassador to the community. His presence alone made those around him better, including the fans.
Chase Utley is, without a doubt, the best second baseman in Phillies history. He’s also arguably the best MLB second baseman in recent memory, and has a case to potentially reach the Hall of Fame one day. He will be eligible following the 2023 season, and will have until 2033 to make it.
His playing career may have officially ended (raise your hand if you cried during his ceremony on Friday like I did) but Chase Utley will always be The Man.
Other Good Phils Receiving Votes:
Aaron Nola (2), Vince Velazquez, Bryce Harper, Scott Kingery, Roman Quinn, Sean Rodriguez
Minor League Good Phil of the Week: Alec Bohm and Kyle Glogoski
For the first time in The Good Phil of the Week history, we have a tie!
Alec Bohm is having himself one heck of a season, and his current emergence is a welcome bright spot in the Phillies organization. After just 40 games with Clearwater, Bohm was promoted this week to Double-A Reading. In 13 at bats over three games so far he has three hits, including a double and a home run. It’s a well-deserved promotion, as he hit .378/.462/.533 in June in Advanced-A. With the way Bohm and the Phillies are both trending at the moment, he could be making a case for a mid-September call-up to the Majors.
Kyle Glogoski is also having a breakout season and was also promoted this week. In his first start in Clearwater, he gave up no runs, no hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings. He combined with Tyler Carr (3 IP) and Keylan Killgore (1 IP) for a no-hitter, the team’s first since July of 2017. Glogoski now has a 4-1 record and a 1.10 ERA between Lakewood and Clearwater this season. Over 32.2 innings, he’s struck out 50 and held his opponents to a .124 batting average.
Other Minor League Good Phils Getting Votes: