Shane Victorino as a Dodger in 2004 (Getty)
Whether or not this signals the start of many goodbyes for the out-of-contention Phillies on Tuesday remains to be seen.
But no questions asked, it definitely draws a curtain on Victorino's tenure as a fan favorite and a consistent contributor in Philadelphia. The Flyin' Hawaiian was a mainstay in the outfield during the franchise's run of five straight NL East titles, recording a line of .279/.345/.439 with 88 home runs and 390 RBI in his eight seasons with the Phillies. He won three straight Gold Gloves from 2008-2010, made two All-Star teams and posted a career year for the 102-win Phillies in 2011. His grand slam off CC Sabathia in the 2008 NLDS will remain one of the most electrifying moments in franchise history.
All in all, not a bad contribution for a player the Phillies took a chance on through the 2004 Rule 5 draft. MLB.com recently named Victorino the fourth-best Rule 5 draft pick since 1990, trailing just behind Josh Hamilton, Johan Santana and Dan Uggla.
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