Phils to honor careers of Rollins, Utley, Howard
Retirement ceremonies will serve as a prelude to 10-year reunion of 2009 NL champs
PHILADELPHIA -- Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are three of the greatest players in Phillies history who played in arguably the organization's greatest era, and each will be honored next season with retirement ceremonies at Citizens Bank Park.
Rollins' ceremony will be May 4. Utley's will be June 21, and Howard's will be July 14.
Rollins spent 15 of his 17 seasons in the big leagues with the Phillies. He won the 2007 National League Most Valuable Player Award and is the Phillies' all-time hits leader (2,306). Rollins made the NL All-Star team three times, won four Gold Glove Awards and one Silver Slugger Award.
He famously called the Phillies the team to beat in the NL East in 2007. They were.
Utley spent 13 of his 16 seasons with the Phillies. He made six NL All-Star teams and won four Silver Slugger Awards. His speech following the 2008 World Series championship parade is one of the most iconic moments in Philadelphia sports history.
Howard is one of nine players in franchise history to play his entire career with the Phillies (minimum seven seasons). He won the 2005 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the '06 NL MVP Award. Howard is the franchise's single-season home run leader with 58 homers in '06. He made three All-Star teams and won one Silver Slugger Award.
The Phillies have created a six-game Phillies Legends ticket pack. Fans can get seats to each of these three games and choose tickets to three additional games before individual tickets go on sale to the public in February.
Fans can find further information at phillies.com/legends.
Promotional giveaways for each retirement ceremony game will be announced at a later date.
The Phillies also will have a 10-year reunion of the 2009 NL champions during alumni weekend Aug. 2-4.