Video: Phillies fans give Chase Utley a standing ovation for hitting a home run against the Phillies

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Tuesday night marked Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley‘s first game back in Philadelphia since the Phillies traded him to the Dodgers in August 2015. Utley, selected by the Phillies in the first round of the 2000 draft, spent parts of 13 seasons with the club, helping them win the World Series in 2008 and win the NL East in five consecutive seasons from 2007-11.

Unsurprisingly, Utley got a hero’s welcome from the crowd at Citizens Bank Park when he stepped to the plate to lead off Tuesday night’s game. He received a standing ovation that lasted nearly a minute and a half.

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The crowd shortly thereafter booed home plate umpire Ron Kulpa when he called a strike against him. Utley would strike out looking.

Utley stepped to the plate for the third time in the top of the fifth inning and drilled a Vincent Velasquez fastball for a no-doubt solo home run to right-center field, pushing the Dodgers’ lead to 3-1. As he normally does, Utley motored around the bases. Despite wearing a Dodgers uniform, the fans at Citizens Bank Park gave him a standing ovation.

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After Utley returned to the dugout, the crowd wanted a curtain call and Utley did not disappoint.

The last four years of Utley’s time in Philly were marred by injuries, but from 2005 to ’09, the only player to rack up more Wins Above Replacement than Utley (38.4) was Albert Pujols (40.7; won three MVP awards in this span), according to FanGraphs. It’s easy to see why he has become such an icon.

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Update (9:45 PM EDT): Utley hit a grand slam in the top of the seventh inning, boosting the Dodgers’ lead to 13-2. He gave the cheering crowd another curtain call.

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.