(WTXF) - Former Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has officially announced his retirement.
Howard made the announcement in a letter written on The Players' Tribune titled "Thank you, Philly."
"I'm officially announcing my retirement from the game of baseball," Howard said. "It's almost like I blinked, you know? It's almost like I blinked - and suddenly, September 2004 ... it became September 2018."
Howard played for the Phillies from 2004 to 2016
To read the letter in full, see here.