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Philadelphia's Utley named 'Sharp Presents the National League Player of the Month' for April05/03/2008 4:26 PM ET
Chase Utley of the Philadelphia Phillies has been named the 'Sharp Presents the National League Player of the Month' for April.
The left-handed hitting second baseman hit .360 (40-111) with 10 doubles, a triple, 11 home runs, 23 RBIs and 25 runs scored in April. His 11 home runs, 85 total bases and .766 slugging percentage all paced the National League. The two-time All-Star posted 15 multi-hit games, two multi-home run contests and six multi-RBI performances. Utley homered in five consecutive games from April 17th-21st, tying a Phillies record shared by Bobby Abreu (2005), Mike Schmidt (1979) and Dick Allen (1969). The UCLA product, drafted in the first round (15th overall) by the Phillies in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, capped the month with his Major-League leading 11th home run of the year on April 30th vs. San Diego.
Other players receiving votes were Chipper Jones (.417, eight homers, 21 RBIs) of the Braves, Nate McLouth (.339, seven homers, 25 RBIs) of the Pirates, Rafael Furcal (.380, four homers, 15 RBIs) of the Dodgers and Pat Burrell (.330, 9 homers, 28 RBI) of the Phillies.
For setting the highest definition of excellence, Sharp, the presenting sponsor of the National League Player of the Month Award, presents Chase Utley with a 52" AQUOS®. Sharp AQUOS is the "Official High-Definition Television of Major League Baseball." Chase will also receive a specially designed trophy to mark his achievement.
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