Victorino calls it a career, plans to retire with Phillies

Shane Victorino to retire in Philadelphia with Phillies
Shane Victorino announced Tuesday he plans to retire from baseball next month and is interested in doing so officially on Aug. 3 during Phillies Alumni Weekend.

Victorino told KHON-TV he'll "go back to Philly and probably sign a one-day deal, hang it up and call it a career."

Victorino, 37, last played appeared in the Majors with Boston and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2015. A .275 hitter over 12 seasons, the Flyin' Hawaiian spent time with five clubs. He spent eight years in Philadelphia and played a pivotal piece in the organization's second World Series title in 2008.

"It's time to hang it up and call it a career," Victorino told KHON. "I think I've been blessed with that opportunity as a baseball player growing up in Maui, getting that opportunity to represent my state, represent my people. It's about that time, it's time for me to say … it's time for me to move on. It's time for me to enjoy retirement."

The Phillies selected Victorino in 2004 via the Rule 5 draft. He went on two become a two-time All-Star and received MVP votes in three seasons. Along with his title in Philadelphia, he also won a World Series in Boston.

The Phillies traded Victorino to the Dodgers at the 2012 trade deadline. He left Philadelphia with 88 homers, 179 stolen bases, and two hits shy of 1,000.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
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