Burrell to Retire as Phillie
April 12, 2012
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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.
In nine seasons with the Phillies, Burrell hit 292 home runs and drove in 976 RBIs, good for fourth and eighth on the Phillie all-time list. Burrell also struck out 1,273 times, second only to Mike Schmidt in franchise history.
Burrell won two World Series rings, one with the Phillies in 2008 and one in 2010 with the Giants, who beat the Phillies in the NLCS that season.
On Halloween 2008, Burrell led the parade down Broad Street on a cart pulled by the Budweiser clydesdales because the organization knew they weren’t going to sign the left fielder back in the off season.