The Utley swipe contradiction

Utley and the Phillies kept running all the way into November last year. Getty Images

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The Setup

Last year, Chase Utley of the Philadelphia Phillies stole 23 bases; it was a career high for the All-Star.

More remarkable? Utley was not caught stealing once all season. A perfect season on the basepaths is a rare accomplishment, but it practically begs the question: "Why didn't Utley try to steal more bases?"