Ryan Howard announces his retirement
Ryan Howard officially announced his retirement from baseball on Tuesday, making the announcement on the Player's Tribune, in a letter titled "Thank you, Philly."

"I'm officially announcing my retirement from the game of baseball. It's almost like I blinked, you know? It's almost like I blinked — and suddenly, September 2004 ... it became September 2018," Howard said.

Howard played all 1,572 games of his major league career with the Philadelphia Phillies finishing with 382 home runs and 1,194 RBI. A three-time All-Star, he led the National League in home runs twice and was named the National League's Rookie of the Year in 2005. He was also named Most Valuable Player in 2006.

"Thank you to the crazy game that I'll miss, and the crazy city that I love. And thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to the most passionate group of fans in the world," Howard said.
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