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Victorino will officially retire after one-day deal with Phillies

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Shane Victorino played for four different teams in his career but considers himself, first and foremost, a Phillie. The 37-year old, who hasn’t played in the majors since 2015, will sign a ceremonial one-day contract with the Phillies to officially retire as a Phillie. The signing and a special ceremony to salute Victorino will happen on August 3rd.

The outfielder – nicknamed “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” – had hoped for one last shot with a team and had stayed in playing shape but has not received any offers, prompting him to officially retire.

“I think it’s time to hang it up and call it a career,” Victorino told Hawaiian TV station KHON 2. “It’s time for me to move on, time for me to enjoy retirement.”

Victorino was twice taken in the Rule 5 Draft, the first time by San Diego in December, 2002. Victorino played in 36 games with the Padres in 2003 hitting just .151, although he did steal seven bases. The Padres returned him to the Dodgers and he didn’t reach the majors again until 2005 after the Phillies took him from the Dodgers in the 2004 Rule 5 Draft. In 21 games with the Phillies he hit .294 in 2005. He went on to play in 987 games with the Phillies and was a member of the 2008 World Champions.

Facing a rebuild, the Phillies sent him back to the Dodgers in a trade deadline deal with Los Angeles in 2012 and obtained Josh Lindblom, Ethan Martin and Stefan Jarrin in exchange. From there, it was a free agent deal with Boston where he won another World Series ring in 2013 and was dealt to the Angels in July, 2015.  He signed a free agent deal with the Angels in February of 2016 but was released by the Cubs that May and never played in their organization.

In addition to two World Series rings, Victorino collected four Gold Gloves and was selected to two All-Star teams during his 12-year career. He hit 88-390-.279/.345/.439 as a Phillie and 108-489-.275/.340/.425 overall with 231 stolen bases and 731 runs scored. He led the majors in triples in both 2009 (13) and 2011 (16).

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