April 11, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley (26) hits an RBI sacrifice against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Chase Utley may not be the hitter that he once was. But the Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman still knows how to get on base. Utley was hit by a pitch in the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the San Diego Padres. It was a milestone, of sorts.

While the game wasn’t stopped to honor the milestone, the ball was saved.

Utley is eighth on the all-time list. He’s now 30 HBP shy of Dan McGann and 87 shy of career leader, Hughie Jennings.

This may seem like an ominous milestone. But in reality, the primary job of a hitter is to reach base. Utley has demonstrated a proficiency for doing that. It’s also worth noting that Jennings and Craig Biggio (who ranks second on the all-time list) are in the Hall of Fame. Utley is all but assured of the same fate.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.


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