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Phillies Honoring Burrell Tonight

Former Phillies LF Pat Burrell

For one day, Pat Burrell will wear red pinstripes again.Pat the Bat will throw out the first pitch in tonight’s game against the Boston Red Sox. Burrell signed a one-day contract so that he could retire with the Phillies.

Burrell is currently a scout with the San Francisco Giants, the team he won his second World Series ring with, beating the Phillies in 2010 in the NLCS to get there. He won his first ring in 2008 with the Phillies, his only hit in the series was a double in the clinching Game 5.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel had this to say in remembrance of the first left fielder he coach with the Phillies:

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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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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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Ex-Phillie Burrell Retires

Pat Burrell leads the parade after the Phillies won the 2008 World Series. (Photo by John Russo/Team to Beat)

One of the most important cogs in the 2008 World Series team, Pat Burrell, has retired today.

Drafted with the first overall pick in the 1998 draft, Burrell played 1306 games with the Phillies in nine seasons. He finished with a .257 average and 251 home runs as a Phillie.

He hit 292 home runs and 976 RBIs in his career in 12 seasons with the Phillies, Rays and Giants.

Burrell won two World Series rings, 2008 with the Phillies and 2010 with the Giants. He went 1-for-27 in nine World Series games, striking out a remarkable 16 times.

Happy trails Burrell. We will have a story about Burrell later during the week.