Pat Burrell to retire with the Phillies

Pat Burrell (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

April 12, 2012 10:31:44 AM PDT
Pat Burrell will officially retire as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, the team announced on Thursday.

Burrell, 35, will sign a one-day minor league contract with the Phillies and will retire during the Boston Red Sox series at Citizens Bank Park in May.

The Phillies selected Burrell as the very first player in the 1998 draft.? He'll be honored during pregame on Saturday, May 19, by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

Burrell wore Phillies pinstripes for nine seasons and ranks fourth in club history in home runs (251), eighth in RBI (827) and ninth in extra-base hits (518).? His Phillies career concluded with a World Championship in 2008.? His last hit as a Phillie was a double that led to the winning run in the decisive Game 5.

He spent the last three seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays and San Francisco Giants, winning another World Series with the Giants in 2010.