Originally posted on Philly Sports Live  |  Last updated 4/12/12

The Philadelphia Phillies announced on Thursday that outfielder Pat Burrell will retire as a member of the organization.

The 35-year-old will sign a one-day minor league contract with the Phillies and will be honored in May. Burrell will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Philadelphia’s game against the Red Sox on May 19.

Burrell was the first overall draft pick by the Phillies in 1998. He played in Philly for nine seasons and ranks fourth in club history in home runs (251), eighth in RBI (827) and ninth in extra-base hits (518).

To cap off his Phillies career, Burrell helped the team win a World Series championship in 2008.

Burrell spent the last three seasons of his career with the Tampa Bay Rays and San Francisco Giants, winning another World Series with the Giants in 2010.

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