Chase Utley's T-ball roots helping plant seeds of hope for fields across the country

  • Baseball NEW YORK — Chase Utley is a cool dad.He's an lifer. He's California mellow, friends with big-time actors. Utley retired after the 2018 season, something he saw coming and planned for. He wanted to stop getting on planes and traveling; as a family man, he wanted to stay home. Utley wanted to spend more time with his two sons, ages 4 and 7. He wanted to do simple dad things like put them to bed at night and take them to school. Utley was recently a dugout monitor for his son's T-ball squad. Kind of like herding cats, right?"It's worse, it's worse than herding cats," Utley says. MORE: Watch 'ChangeUp,' a new live whiparound show on DAZNFor Utley, a potential Hall of Famer, it doesn't get much cooler than that. And much like any father, everything Utley does is done with his sons' best interests in mind — including one simple, but increasingly difficult task:"I just want (my kids) outside," Utley told Sporting News with a smile.Getting kids to get outside — let alone play baseball — can be a hard bargain, especially when smart phones, iPads, video games and computers dominate everyday life. Aside from the technology, Utley thinks getting kids involved with baseball is actually simple, and it starts at a young age with something of a Herculean task: fixing the country's baseball fields."I grew up playing in Long Beach, playing on beautiful, beautiful fields," Utley told SN. "That created a great vision in[......]

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    Mets reportedly eyeing Joe Girardi as next manager

  • null Baseball It appears the Mets are eyeing a familiar face for their next manager.The Mets are expected to keep current manager Mickey Callaway for the remainder of the season,夜网论坛 but are quietly exploring their options to replace him. Ex-Yankees manager Joe Girardi is one of the top candidates for the job, according to a report from SNY. He managed the Yankees from 2008 to 2017, winning a World Series in 2009. SNY's report states multiple league sources believe Girardi could "instantly" improve the Mets because of his in-game managerial skills. One even said "no one" could be more prepared for the task. However, his intense personality is considered to be a deterrent by Mets personnel.The Mets have experience with difficult managers though, as Callaway cursed out a reporter in an altercation following a loss in June. So it makes sense that they'd like to avoid an unruly environment moving forward. New York has lost 10 of 13 games and enters the All-Star break with a 40-50 record and fourth in the NL East standings. It's evident that some serious changes will be necessary to turn the club around, and the Mets have some challenging decisions to make."If you're looking for someone who will manage a great game for three hours, Girardi will do that," one executive said. "If you're looking for someone to win the press conference[......]

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