Chase Utley has gone from the Phillies #1 pick in 2000 to the starting second baseman for the National League six years later.
Thanks to the fans, the 27-year-old Utley will be in the NL starting lineup when they take on the American League in Pittsburgh’s PNC Park on Tuesday, July 11. Utley became the fifth second baseman in Phillies history to be a starter. He joins Emil Verban (1947), Granny Hamner (1954), Manny Trillo (1982) and Mariano Duncan (1994).
For the second straight year, the Phillies will have three All-Star representatives. In addition to Utley, first baseman Ryan Howard and closer Tom Gordon were chosen. Last year, it was Bobby Abreu (a starter), Jimmy Rollins and Billy Wagner.
The Phillies could have a fourth and that will be up to fan voting in the Monster.com 2006 All-Star Final Vote balloting that is underway online on this website. Votig ends at 6:00 p.m. this Thursday, July 6.
Abreu, who was elected as the final player two years ago, is running against left-handed pitcher Chris Capuano (Milwaukee), reliever Wagner (Mets), first baseman Nomar Garciapara (Los Angeles Dodgers) and right-handed pitcher Chris Young, the Princeton product.
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Phillies will have two prospects in the Futures Game that will be played on All-Star Sunday, July 9, at Pittsburgh.
Reading LHP Gio Gonzalez will be on the USA Team; Lakewood RHP Carlos Carrasco will be on the World Team staff.