Dodgers' Utley to retire at season's end

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Mitchell Layton Getty Images

It will be his last.

A consistent figure in the National League, Chase Utley has announced his plans to retire from the MLB following the 2018 season.

After signing a two-year, $2-million deal before the season, Utley has played in 57 games, 30 of them starts, and was batting.231 with a.644 one-base-plus-slugging percentage, one home run and 14 RBIs in 147 plate appearances entering Friday night's game against the Angels.

Utley was a cereer.276 hitter with 259 home runs and 1,025 RBI. He achieved the bulk of his success with the Philadelphia Phillies, making five All-Star teams and winning four Silver Slugger awards between 2006 and 2010. The Phillies traded Utley to the Los Angeles Dodgers in August 2015 for minor leaguers Darnell Sweeney and John Richy. Utley was suspended for Games 3 and 4 of the series.

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Utley, 39, is a six-time All-Star.

Utley has provided a veteran's perspective and been influential in the clubhouse with the Dodgers' young roster. Fellow 2008 World Series champions Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino also announced their retirement this season. The Dodgers will visit the Phillies for a three-game series July 23 to 25.

Born in nearby Pasadena, Utley played at Long Beach Poly High and UCLA.

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