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.”

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.

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