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Phillies to Honor Atlanta’s Chipper Jones on Friday

The Philadelphia Phillies will honor a rival who has terrorized them for nearly two decades.

On Friday before their series with the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies will honor Chipper Jones, who plans on retiring at the end of the season. The Phillies join a handful of teams who already have honored Jones for his illustrious career, all while playing for one team.

Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, the two longest tenured Phillies, are expected to take part in the ceremony.

Jones, who turned 40 this year, is a career .332/.442/.599 hitter against the Phillies with 49 homers and 151 RBIs in 243 games.

Burrell to Retire as Phillie

In 2008, Pat Burrell led the parade down Broad Street. (John Russo/TTB)

The Phillies will have one more campaign with left fielder Pat Burrell, though it will only last a day.

The 35-year-old slugger, who retired after last season, will sign a one-day contract with the Phillies so that he could retire with the team that drafted him with the first overall pick in the 1998 amateur draft.

Burrell, who is currently a professional scout for the San Francisco Giants, will be honored before the Phillies May 19 game against the Boston Red Sox.

Burrell played 12 seasons in the Major Leagues with Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and San Francisco.

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Utley remains positive about knees

(Yong Kim / Inquirer Photographer)

Disappointment. Frustration. A little worried.

Those were all words and phrases Chase Utley used today. Obviously no news about Utley’s knees was going to be good news.

With how things have been going this spring for the Phillies on the injury front, and especially for Utley, today’s update took a little bit of stress off everyone’s minds.

Anticipated since Friday, Utley talked to reporters in Clearwater today before their Grapefruit League game against the Orioles. The 32-year-old second baseman remained positive about his injuries and his hopeful to be back on his own terms this season.

In Utley’s opening statement before answering questions, he said:

I was in Phoenix meeting with a physical therapist by the name of Brett Fischer for about four or five days, just to get some better ideas on how I can continue to move forward. I have a better idea now on how my body is supposed to move compared to how it’s moving at this time, and I think we have something pretty good for the future.

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Farewell Pat the Bat

When it made contact, Pat Burrell had one of the prettiest swings in Phillies history.

After JD Drew was drafted by the Phillies and refused to sign, the organization and the fans wanted to put the ordeal behind them.

Pat Burrell made them forget.

After 12 seasons in the major leagues, the longtime Phillies slugger decided to hang up his spikes.

It was a tumultuous relationship for Burrell and the city of Philadelphia at times. Fans got on the former Phillies left-fielder for his countless strikeouts.

But his record seemed to be expunged when he stroked that beautiful double off the wall in part two of Game 5 of the 2008 World Series.

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