The Philadelphia Phillies have come upon some hard times. Their playoff hopes seem to be over as they sit in 4th place in the division and 18 games out of 1st place. Not a lot of things have gone right on or off the field for the Phillies, until today.
The Phillies have announced that they have extended the contract of the heart of their team. Chase Utley has agreed to a two year contract extension worth around $27 million with the Phillies. This puts some smiles on the faces of Phillies players and fans. Utley represents more than a great player. He works hard, is a great teammate and represents the way all professional baseball players should play the game. Even if his production continues to decrease, his presence in the dugout will help out players like Cody Asche and Darin Ruf to come along. With dark times coming upon the Philadelphia Phillies organization, this helps to brighten it up a little.
With a lot of questions facing Ruben Amaro, Jr. this coming winter, one question as already been answered. The Phillies will hold onto their hardworking veterans and have them groom the younger players coming to the majors.