The Phillies announced that second baseman Chase Utley is the team's finalist for the 2013 Roberto Clemente Award which recognizes players for their contribution on and off the field, including community involvement (which Utley is heavily involved) and sportsmanship (how many times have you heard "he plays the game the right way"?).
Utley and his wife Jen are very involved in the Philadelphia community, especially with the local SPCA. For the past six seasons, the Utleys have hosted the Utley All-Star Animals event which is a casino night to raise money for the Pennsylvania SPCA. This year they raised nearly $400,000 for the cause.
On the field, Utley is the type of player organizations love as he plays hard each and every time he steps on the field while producing at a high level. This season he is batting .274/.342/.470 with 16 home runs and 58 RBIs in 119 games. In his 10 year Major League career, Utley is batting .286/.373/.497 with 215 home runs and 797 RBIs in 1,311 games.
When you are put in a position like professional ballplayers who have the means and the influence to make a difference, some people shy away from it while others, like the Clemente Award finalists, step up to the challenge. It is safe to say that the impact they have made already is far more important than the Clemente Award.
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