Phillies second baseman Chase Utley was voted by the fans to start the sixth All-Star Game of his career on July 15th at Target Field in Minneapolis. It marks the first time since 2010 that Utley will be representing the Phillies at the midsummer classic. Utley also won the players' vote as well finishing 117 votes ahead of the Dodgers' Dee Gordon.
Utley's six starts in the All-Star Game are second behind only Mike Schmidt, who started nine All-Star Games at third base. The six All-Star Game starts at second base are third all-time in Major League Baseball behind current Phillies manager and former-Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg, who started nine All-Star Games, and former-Reds second baseman Joe Morgan, who started seven All-Star Games.
The 35-year-old Utley is batting .287/.345/.435 with six home runs and 40 RBIs in 83 games this season. Utley got out to a scorching start to the season batting .355/.408/.570 with three home runs and 14 RBIs in the first 23 games of the season. He has cooled off recently batting just .222/.284/.283 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in his last 26 games.
Utley is the only Phillies representative for the National League.
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