Thursday, April 12, 2012
Pat Burrell to retire with Phillies
PHILADELPHIA -- Former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Pat Burrell will sign a one-day minor league contract and retire with the organization.
Burrell officially will retire as a Phillie during the Boston Red Sox series in May at Citizens Bank Park. He'll be honored May 19 and throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The Phillies selected Burrell with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 draft. He played nine seasons with the Phillies and is fourth in team history in home runs (251), eighth in RBIs (827), and ninth in extra-base hits (518). He helped lead the Phillies to a World Series championship in 2008.
He also played for the Tampa Bay Rays and San Francisco, winning another World Series with the Giants in 2010.