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Former Phillies’ 1B Ryan Howard announces retirement

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 02: Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies in action against the New York Mets during a game at Citizens Bank Park on October 2, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA– In a year where the Philadelphia Phillies’ have celebrated the tenth anniversary of the 2008 World Championship team, a number of members of that team have announced their retirements.

Add a Big Piece to that list.

Former Phillies’ 1B Ryan Howard officially announced his retirement from baseball Tuesday, in a piece written for The Player’s Tribune.

In the piece titled “Thank you, Philly” , Howard, 38, said “Y’all took a chance on this big, quiet kid from St. Louis — and for that I’ll always be grateful.”

Howard, a three-time All-Star and former NL MVP and Rookie of the Year, hit .258 with 382 HR’s and 1194 RBI’s over 13 seasons with the Phillies.

“The Big Piece” was a centerpiece of a Phillies’ lineup that won five straight division titles and the 2008 World Series.

From 2006-2011, Howard led all of baseball with 262 home runs and 796 RBI’s. He hit .279 during that 6-year span with a .929 OPS, and the Phillies averaged 93 wins, and appeared in back-to-back World Series.

Howard joins former Phillies’ Jayson Werth, Shane Victorino and Chase Utley as other 2008 teammates to announce their retirements this season.