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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Former Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has announced he’s officially retiring from baseball.

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Howard made the announcement Tuesday morning in a letter for The Player’s Tribune, titled “Thank you, Philadelphia.”

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“Thank you to the crazy game that I’ll miss, and the crazy city that I love. And thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to the most passionate group of fans in the world,” wrote Howard. “Y’all took a chance on this big, quiet kid from St. Louis — and for that I’ll always be grateful.”

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The former National League MVP played 13 seasons for the Phillies, racking up 382 home runs and 1,194 RBI, and was part of the 2008 World Series championship team.