After 200 career HBPs, it appears Chase Utley finally mastered the art of avoiding getting beaned
We recently wished Chase Utley "congratulations" after his 200th career hit-by-pitch. Last week, during a Dodgers-Padres game, Utley was hit in the shoulder and we all kind of celebrated the milestone. Since that occurred, we assumed, and hoped, he'd maybe gotten the hang of avoiding getting hit by the ball. And luckily, it appeared he has.
On Sunday night when the Dodgers took on the Nationals, he showed his ability to dodge balls that are being thrown at him with a hop-ish move:
The ball missed him and went right between his legs.
Say what you want, but that takes some serious skill.
Jessica Kleinschmidt is an associate editorial producer for Cut4 (oh that sounds fancy). She has covered baseball for half a decade.