Player Profile: Chase Utley
Fortunately for everyone (except the NL East), Chase Utley is back. Utley is as good an all-around player as there is in the game, and as hard as he plays, he still makes it look good. Utley is one of the first guys we’ve ever seen in a Marucci glove, a company that has earned its MLB stripes as one of the best bat manufacturers in the Bigs. Marucci might be just a baby in the glove-making game, but she’s a fine-looking baby.
As nice a glove as it looks, Marucci hasn’t released a single glove for sale to the general public. They’ve told me to “stay tuned” when I’ve asked about it, so we have to expect that they’re coming soon. If we hear anything about it, we’ll let you know.
Utley wears the blue version you see above and we’ve also seen him in a red version of these as well. You can’t find a lot of straight stems out there, but they are available through the custom tool, exactly as Utley wears them with the following specs:
- Frame: Team Blue (Straight Stem)
- Lens: Black Iridium Pitch
- Icon: Team White
- Earsock: White
You mostly need to watch this video for his 2009 World Series performance, but you can also see the consistency in his gear choices from year to year.
Marucci Maple CU7, a variation of the CU26 in Black
As you can see in the feature, Utley has been swinging a CU7, one of the 17(!) variations, according to Marucci, that Chase has with them. This is the same bat used by Bryce Harper. The CU26 is available.
Franklin Pro Classic in Red/White and Pearl/White
We’re all well aware that the Pro Classics, the flagship batting glove of the Franklin brand, are discontinued, though Chase has been using them for years. He wears the red/white (below) on the road and the pearl/white at home. Though the Pro Classics aren’t available, Franklin makes a similar Neo Classic II as well as other styles worn by Josh Hamilton, Hanley Ramirez, Miguel Cabrera, and others.
adidas Excelsior Pro Metal Low in Red/White/Blue
Utley’s one of the only adidas guys we’ve featured on WPW, the other being Justin Upton, who also wears the Excelsior Pro in a player exclusive colorway. The cleats are really lacking in available colors, but they are available at the link above.