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Shane Victorino plans to sign 1-day contract, retire as a Phillie

Shane Victorino plans to sign 1-day contract, retire as a Phillie

If you didn't know Shane Victorino hadn't already officially retired, you're probably not alone. His time has come, though.

Victorino told KHON-TV early Tuesday morning that he's officially retiring from baseball on Aug. 3. and he'll "go back to Philly and probably sign a one-day deal, hang it up and call it a career."

The Phillies host the Marlins on Aug. 3 at Citizens Bank Park as part of their Alumni Weekend.

"It's time to hang it up and call it a career," Victorino, said. "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 37-year-old hasn't played in the majors since 2015 when he played 71 games with the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels. He signed a minor-league deal with the Chicago Cubs but was released after nine games in Triple A Iowa.

But the Flyin' Hawaiian will forever be known as a Philadelphia Phillie. Victorino was twice a Los Angeles Dodgers castoff. First, the Padres selected him in the Rule 5 draft in 2003, but San Diego returned Victorino to the Dodgers later that season.

In 2004, though, the Phillies plucked him in the Rule 5 draft and Victorino developed into an important piece of the best stretch of baseball in franchise history.

Victorino went on to make two All-Star teams, win three Gold Gloves and his first World Series with the Phillies — his other came with the Red Sox in 2013.

During the 2008 World Series run, Victorino crushed two of the most memorable home runs of the Phillies' championship stretch. The first, a grand slam against Milwaukee Brewers' C.C. Sabathia.

And then this one.

While Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard led the way offensively, Victorino and Jayson Werth were proof in the pudding that great teams need strong complementary players (see story).

Victorino finishes his career with 1,274 hits, 108 homers, 231 stolen bases and a slash line of .275/.340/.425. He became the first player to hit a home run, double and two stolen bases in a single game in postseason history.

As a Phillie, Victorino was .279/.345/.439 with 88 homers, 179 stolen bases and 998 hits over eight seasons.

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Phillies schedule: Phils-Braves postponed because of inclement weather, doubleheader Sunday

Phillies schedule: Phils-Braves postponed because of inclement weather, doubleheader Sunday

Friday night's series opener between the Phillies and Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park has been rained out.

It was a "quick bang" as they say in the baseball business, no waiting around for the bad weather to clear out. That's part of the health and safety protocol for the COVID-impacted 2020 season. Major League Baseball does not want players and staff sitting around for long periods of time in enclosed areas like a clubhouse.

The postponement will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Game 2 begins 40 minutes after Game 1 ends. The Phillies have 53 games remaining on their schedule and six of them will be played as part of doubleheaders. They already played a doubleheader Wednesday night, splitting with the New York Yankees.

Jake Arrieta will start for the Phillies Saturday against the Braves. Vince Velasquez will start one of the games of the doubleheader Sunday. The starter for the other game is still TBA. The Phils could promote prospect Spencer Howard to make the start. More on that as it becomes available.

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Phillies Talk podcast: Massive early-season Phillies-Braves series on tap

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Phillies Talk podcast: Massive early-season Phillies-Braves series on tap

The Phillies will play 40% of their games against the Braves over the next four days, making this a massive early-season NL East series.

Jim Salisbury and Corey Seidman discuss that and more on the latest Phillies Talk podcast.

• How do Phils and Braves match up in 2020?

• How often can the Phillies' bullpen do what it did in series finale vs. Yankees?

• They're lucky to have Hector Neris.

• Starting pitching has been good so far — particularly Zack Wheeler.

• Phillies quietly Top 6 in on-base percentage and slugging.

• Phillies bound for regression one way or the other.

• Yankees complaints.

• J.T. owes the fans a pizza.

• Will we hear the air horn every game now?

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