AFL Hall of Fame elects McCutchen, Utley
Two of the National League's most decorated players have been recognized for their individual achievements. Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen and Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley were named to the Arizona Fall League's Hall of Fame on Thursday.
McCutchen, a five-time NL All-Star and the 2013 NL Most Valuable Player Award winner, has already won three NL Silver Slugger Awards and one NL Gold Glove Award in his first six seasons. McCutchen, 28 years old, is the sixth player in Pittsburgh's franchise history to hit 100 home runs and steal 100 bases.
Utley, a six-time NL All-Star and a four-time NL Silver Slugger, was a key cog in the Philadelphia team that went to the World Series in 2008 and '09. Utley led all Major League second baseman in runs scored (868) and on-base percentage (.375) between 2005-14, and he had a 35-game hitting streak in 2006.
Steve Cobb, director of the Arizona Fall League, issued a statement honoring both players.
"At 28, Andrew McCutchen is one of the youngest players to merit AFL Hall of Fame consideration and election," said Cobb. "He has become one of baseball's elite players in a very short time. Chase Utley is one of the most potent offensive performers in the history of Major League second basemen. It is an honor to welcome both players to the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame."