Phillies legend Ryan Howard officially announces retirement from baseball

"When I’d hear that Philadelphia was 'hard on its players,' it’s funny — I’d just be like, 'Alright, well, that’s my kind of town.'"

Eric Walter
September 04, 2018 - 9:31 am
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (6) loosens up in the  on deck circle against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Phillies legend Ryan Howard officially announced his retirement from baseball in a lengthy good-bye for The Players' Tribune called "Thank You, Philly."

Born in St. Louis, Ryan was drafted by the Phillies in 2004, where he played until 2016.

Of his opening season with Philadelphia, he wrote, "When I’d hear that Philadelphia was 'hard on its players,' it’s funny — I’d just be like, 'Alright, well, that’s my kind of town.'"

Ryan hold several records. He was the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2005 and the National League MVP in 2006, and he is a three-time National League All-Star.

He has won the Silver Slugger Award, Hank Aaron Award, and the 2009 National League Championship Series MVP Award. 

In 2006, he became a member of the 50 home run club. He was a home run champ again in 2008. And he became the fastest player to reach both the 100 and 200 home run milestones in Major League history, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. 

He wrote, "I came up as a player with a sort of permanent hunger inside of me. The hunger to prove people wrong. And the hunger to win."