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  1. I just drafted him in OttoNeu yesterday! :( I wasn’t expecting a full season from him anyway though.

    Comment by Matty Brown — March 19, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

  2. Speaking as a Phillies fan, I kind of miss the quicker injury rebounds of the untested days…

    Comment by Dan in Philly — March 19, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

  3. I drafted him in one league, but expected that he was going to start the year and wear out. Still, I think he’s probably a fantasy buy low.

    Comment by Jesse — March 19, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

  4. No amount of steroids will bring back your cartilage.

    Comment by Jesse — March 19, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

  5. This is why it was insane for the Red Sox to give Scutaro away for peanuts before they really had to. They could have likely dumped him at any point.

    They may have been able to do a Blanton- Scutaro swap… The Phils may have even kicked in some money. for the cash strapped Red Sox.

    (Or instead of getting a reliever for Jed Lowrie…)

    Comment by Tom — March 19, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

  6. I vote for Utley to become the 1st cyborg player in the MLB

    Comment by do3in — March 19, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

  7. The bad knees are going to keep Utley out of the HOF, he was a lock at one point.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — March 19, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

  8. Could Polanco move back to second? Then they could put Wiggington at third. Still not a great defensive set up, but the hitting might make up for leaving Galvis out.

    Comment by JayT — March 19, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

  9. kinda sad, really; definitely looks bad for a guy with a HOF peak

    Comment by jim — March 19, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

  10. I love Utley, but it couldn’t have happened to a nicer fanbase.

    Comment by Steve — March 19, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

  11. So, your okay that Utley is suffering debilitating knee injuries because it is a means of revenge against a minority of people within a large fanbase that are hostile and loud about it.

    Tired. So tired.

    Comment by LTG — March 19, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

  12. Wigginton is not good enough as a hitter to make up for his cement limbs. In fact, Wigginton is not that good at hitting period. It would be better to use Galvis at 2B and keep Polanco at 3B.

    Comment by LTG — March 19, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

  13. Wow. I knew the Phillies had it bad, but I didn’t know this extended all the way to your fantasy team. The hits just keep on coming!

    Comment by vivalajeter — March 19, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

  14. The fanbase is doing quite well, thanks for your concerns!

    Comment by Nik — March 19, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

  15. If he isn’t a HOF now he was never a lock.

    Comment by Curtis — March 19, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

  16. *you’re

    Comment by LTG — March 19, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

  17. So, Nik, are you gonna make it to the riots after tomorrow’s game? Don’t forget your brass knuckles. I’m bringing my D-cell collection. I heard they’re gonna burn a Santa Claus effigy, and then we can take turns vomiting on the ashes.

    Comment by All Philly fans — March 19, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

  18. Yes, and then we can break someone’s skull (wait, not Phillies fans) or, ummmm, direct persistent homophobic slurs at our rivals best players (wait, not Phillies fans, or at least not only). I know, let’s riot on the field because we hate disco and then stomp a first base coach (wait, not Phillies fans). No, no, I got it, we should pour beer on a player trying to catch a ball and wear xenophobic shirts about the best hitter in the game (wait, not Phillies fans).

    See, this can be done with lots of fanbases. For some reason, Philly fans are the ones stereotyped, while other fanbases get the more reasonable treatment that the small percentage of jerks does not represent the whole. At fangraphs I would have expected this lesson to be learned by now.

    Although, the post made me chuckle. People are silly.

    Comment by LTG — March 20, 2012 @ 1:42 am

  19. Very true. Would have been a great deal for both teams.

    Comment by Jesse — March 20, 2012 @ 9:53 am

  20. Or be a Braves’ fan and don’t attend the games even though your team was in a race for a playoff position all year.

    Comment by L.UZR — March 20, 2012 @ 9:56 am

  21. It’s insane how good Utley has been. The way he could turn on an inside pitch with great bat speed and drive the ball was my favorite sight in baseball. I hope he finds a way to manage his knee issues, but the way it sounds he can no longer play everyday at second base.

    Since 93 the only other position players on the Phillies who were as fun to watch were Scott Rolen and maybe Abreu (who I didn’t appreciate enough at the time).

    Comment by Evan — March 20, 2012 @ 10:00 am

  22. He only has nine total seasons now, he needs ten of course to even be considered for the HOF. Of the nine seasons, six have been HOF worthy so if he continues at his present level he will be much like Don Mattingly, great for a period of time and very average the rest of his carreer.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — March 20, 2012 @ 10:09 am

  23. This.

    Comment by LTG — March 20, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

  24. I’ve never seen a man tackle a port-a-potty… except at a Phillies game.

    Comment by Tom B — March 20, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

  25. Mattingly is not a good comp for Utley. Utley had 5 peak seasons to Matt’s 3. And Utley’s peak was higher. Utley has 5 more career fWAR than Matt in 55-60% of the PAs. Utley is just a better player than Mattingly. If his knees would just allow him to play at last year’s level until his late 30s he would easily qualify as the best 2B since Joe Morgan. (That’s right, easily; Alomar and Sandberg have only longevity on Utley.)

    Comment by LTG — March 20, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

  26. Utley’s 5 year peak is the only one I know of that even approaches Joe Morgan’s. 39.2 looks pretty amazing, and then you compare it to Morgan’s 50 WAR peak over five seasons (yikes!).

    Comment by Dan M. — March 21, 2012 @ 3:28 am

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