Former rightfielder Bobby Abreu has been selected as this year's inductee for the Phillies Wall of Fame.
Abreu, who played for the Phils from 1998-06, was one of 10 nominees.
He will be honored before the Phillies' game against the White Sox on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7:05 p.m. as a part of Alumni Weekend.
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"Bobby Abreu was one of the most consistent offensive players of his generation," Phillies executive vice president David Buck said in a statement released by the team. "His power and speed, combined with his patience at the plate, probably put him ahead of his time in Major League Baseball. We are very excited to be honoring him for his contributions to Phillies history with his Toyota Wall of Fame induction."
I'm very happy. It's a great honor to be part of the @Phillies Wall Of Fame. A team with so much history and tradition. I want to thank the Phillies' fans and organization for the support. And I also want to say thank you to my people of Venezuela. #BobbyAbreu. pic.twitter.com/v9E2iPO96z— Bobby Abreu (@BobKellyAbreu) March 20, 2019
Here's a recap of Abreu's career with the Phillies:
• Hit .303/.416/.513 in his nine seasons in Philadelphia
• Hit 195 home runs and knocked in 814 runs
• Third all-time in Phillies history in walks (947), OPS (.928) and on-base percentage (.416)
• Seven straight seasons with at least 20 homers and 100 walks
• Most outfield assists (89) among all Phillies since 1970
• Two-time All-Star (2004, 2005)
• 2005 Gold Glove winner
• 2004 Silver Slugger
Abreu, now 45, joined the Phillies' organization back in 1997 in a trade for shortstop Kevin Stocker. Abreu was taken by the Rays in the expansion draft, but was quickly dealt to the Phils. In his first season with the Phillies in 1988, Abreu hit .312 with 17 homers and 74 RBIs. He was a consistently productive hitter for years in a Phillies uniform.
In the 2006 season, Abreu was traded to the Yankees for prospects. After that year, Abreu played six more seasons. He had 100-plus RBIs in the three seasons after the Phillies traded him.
Abreu has been a guest instructor at spring training for the past two seasons.
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