Philadelphia Phillies legend Bobby Abreu was bestowed with the team’s highest honor Saturday evening, as he was inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame.
Abreu, 45, played nine of his 18 major league seasons with the Phillies from 1998 to 2006, slashing .303/.416/.513 with 348 doubles, 42 triples, 195 home runs, 814 RBI, 254 stolen bases, 947 walks and 1,078 strikeouts.
With the Phillies, the Maracay, Venezuela, native earned two All-Star nods (2004-05), one Silver Slugger Award (2004) and one Gold Glove Award (2005), and in 2005 became the first Phillie to win the Home Run Derby. Also, Abreu slugged the first regular season home run in Citizens Bank Park history on April 12, 2004, against the Cincinnati Reds.
Bobby Abreu in 2004:— John Foley (@2008Philz) August 3, 2019
.301/.428/.544, 30 HR, 40 SB
Plus he hit the first-ever home run at Citizens Bank Park. pic.twitter.com/lsH8z0ugjO
Among those who took part in the ceremony in support of Abreu were previously inducted Phillies Wall of Famers Steve Carlton, Larry Bowa, Dick Allen, Greg Luzinski, Tony Taylor, Bob Boone, Juan Samuel, John Kruk, Mike Lieberthal, Charlie Manuel, and Pat Gillick.
During his speech Abreu thanked those who helped him achieve success in his career, including the late John Vukovich, Harry Kalas and David Montgomery.
Only Abreu and the following six other players in MLB history tallied 550 doubles and 400 stolen bases in their careers, according to George Stockburger: Tris Speaker, Ty Cobb, Craig Biggio, Honus Wagner, Paul Molitor and Barry Bonds.
Abreu will be on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time this winter.
Click HERE to watch the full ceremony.