"Utley still hasn't won a Gold Glove, but that's the voters' fault because he's deserved three or four of them already. And what a strange trip it's been. He began his college career as a shortstop, then spent some time at DH before finally shifting to second base. In the minors, the Phillies turned him into a third baseman, but that shift was reversed when third baseman David Bell joined the franchise. Finally, Utley was back at second base, where he belonged. Frankly, Utley doesn't have the arm to play third base, and his relatively weak arm does hurt him when trying to turn double plays. But he still has the range of a shortstop, and makes an immense number of plays to both his left and his right that most second basemen simply don't make."
Utley took over 2nd base for the Phillies full-time in 2005 and has made himself into an asset at the position. It's not secret that I'm biased towards him, because he's my favorite player of all-time, but Neyer is right in that Utley has been overlooked for some odd reason when it comes to Gold Gloves.
NL Gold Glove Secondbasemen:
2009- Orlando Hudson
2008- Brandon Phillips
2007- Orlando Hudson
2006- Orlando Hudson
2005- Luis Castillo
Castillo deserved his Gold Glove about as much as Bobby Abreu deserved his. The O-Dawg, Orlando Hudson, is an excellent fielder, but Utley is better. Brandon Phillips...whatever.