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#pounditSunday, November 28, 2021

The Secret Behind Chase Utley’s Success

I always thought guys at the Major League level make it to that point and stay there because they work hard. Sometimes I even chuckle at TV and magazine fluff pieces that try to convince you how hard team A or player B works; they all work hard, practice hard, and try hard, don’t they? We only hear about players working hard when they’re performing well. Richie Sexson may be batting .200, but he’s watching video, I’m sure. You know? Anyway, that’s what I’ve always thought. But maybe, just maybe, the All-Stars are better because they work harder. Maybe Chase Utley does indeed prepare more than the average ballplayer. Check out his routine:

Video via the Philly Phanatics over at The 700 Level. Now some players may get to the park early, but they’re there to screw around. Seems like Utley not only arrives early but that he makes good use of his time devising his approach at the plate. And most impressively, he’s done this since signing his big contract. Many players have a tough time keeping their focus after seeing all that green.


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