By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Phillies honored another member of the 2008 World Series championship team. Former first baseman Ryan Howard was honored with a pre-game celebration before the Phillies’ 4-3 walk-off win over the Washington Nationals as he officially retired as a Phillie.

Back in 2018, Howard announced his retirement from baseball in a letter for The Player’s Tribune, titled “Thank you, Philadelphia.”

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Howard played all 13 years of his Major League career with the Phillies. During that time he was selected to three All-Star games, won the 2005 National League Rookie of the Year, the 2006 NL MVP and the 2006 Silver Slugger Award.

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Also known as the “Big Piece,” Howard electrified the fans of Philadelphia with 382 towering home runs which is second all-time in team history. He also ranks third in all-time runs batted in with 1,194.

Those in attendance for Sunday’s game against the Nationals received a Howard bobble figurine to celebrate his retirement.

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This is the third player to be honored by the team following second baseman Chase Utley and shortstop Jimmy Rollins.