Pat Burrell
American baseball player
Pat Burrell
Patrick Brian "Pat" Burrell, nicknamed "Pat the Bat," is a former American professional baseball outfielder who played in Major League Baseball. He stands 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall and weighs 235 pounds (107 kg). He bats and throws right-handed. Previously, he played with the Philadelphia Phillies, the Tampa Bay Rays, and the San Francisco Giants. Burrell attended the University of Miami, where he won the Golden Spikes Award in 1998.
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Take me out to the afterglow
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Take me out to the afterglow At the end of Wednesday's Civic Center ceremonies, which I watched on TV back at the office, the players seemed to be having a ball at the mike. A little after midnight Tuesday morning, Giants pitchers Ryan Vogelsong; his wife, Nicole; Javier Lopez; and George Kontos, with scout and former Giant Pat Burrell, went out for dinner at Cafe Delarosa on Chestnut Street. Romo - with pals Jacoby Ford of the Oakland Raiders and martial arts fighter Jake Shields - was at Infusion on Wednesday; they ordered a 15-liter bottle of Ace of Spades Champagne. -- After being drenched in Champagne, after multiple rounds of high fives and cheers, it was time to head home to daily responsibilities. Are kids "under the impression," she e-mailed, "that trick or treat is a kind of take-out enterprise?" -- In Marinwood, Kathleen Gibbs overheard one trick-or-treater say, to the person who opened the door, "You have a lovely home!" to which her friend added, ...
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Pat Burrell lauded for info on Tigers
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Pat Burrell lauded for info on Tigers - One Giant who had a terrible 2010 World Series made a much bigger contribution this time, though he wears no uniform, carries no bat or glove, and does not set foot on the diamond. Team officials say rookie scout Pat Burrell made a significant contribution reporting on the Tigers. Burrell, along with former Giants catcher and Detroit resident Brian Johnson, attended the American League Championship Series between the Tigers and Yankees and provided insights that helped the front office and field staff create a game plan for the World Series. Tigers manager Jim Leyland announced that catcher Alex Avila has been playing hurt since the opener, when a foul tip left him with a bone bruise on his right forearm. [...] he didn't get into game. For the first time, the four baseball writers' awards in each league - MVP, Cy Young, Manager of the Year and Rookie of the Year - will be announced on MLB Network in four telecasts that ...
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Magic's spin on Dodgers keeps changing
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Magic's spin on Dodgers keeps changing The Dodgers are 11-16 since the Boston trade, and Magic gave a recent interview to the Los Angeles Daily News offering a different spin: We didn't make the trades for this season. The Dodgers' dive is a result of a team-wide offensive slump, not a bunch of players being thrown into the mix and hurting chemistry. [...] Pat Burrell, Cody Ross, Mike Fontenot and Jose Guillen were credited with boosting chemistry - at least until Guillen's HGH bust - and ditto for relievers Javier Lopez and Ramon Ramirez. Chemistry hardly is to blame when you're last in the league in slugging percentage and total bases and near the bottom in other key offensive categories.
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Giants show little support for Cabrera
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Giants show little support for Cabrera Several players were given an opportunity to voice an opinion on their tainted teammate, and they didn't line up to say they'll have Cabrera's back during his 50-game suspension. If the players (along with many fans) don't rally around the All-Star MVP, management certainly can't. Another reliever, Guillermo Mota, who's serving a 100-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, is eligible to rejoin the Giants on Aug. 28, and they're apparently willing to bring him back. Cabrera falls into a different category, fair or not, in part because his loss is so crippling and because he built a love affair with fans, who took to him more than any player without Giants roots since Cody Ross and Pat Burrell.
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Burrell Calls It Quits, Signs One-Day Deal With Phillies
The Minaret - almost 5 years
Major league baseball player Pat Burrell signed a one-day minor-league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies right before he decided that he will retire this year. Having a fluctuating career with multiple teams as well as ...
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Scout Burrell throws out 1st pitch
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 5 years
Who knew scouts could land on the disabled list? Pat Burrell had to store his clipboard and postpone buying that Panama hat while he rehabs his surgically repaired left shoulder. As for the injury that forced him to...
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Brian Wilson Injury Makes Jason Motte King Of Quirky Bearded Closers By Default
SB Nation St. Louis - almost 5 years
I'm sure he didn't want it to happen this way, but Brian Wilson's injury—he'll require elbow surgery, which means the end of his season—makes the St. Louis Cardinals' Jason Motte the official king of bearded, quirky closers for the time being. Look: I know he's not Brian Wilson. But he's got quirk! He's a converted catcher! He talks to the baseball and his glove is a Twitter novelty account! Most importantly, this photo exists: He's just happy to be closing, is all. Motte's unlikely to appear in Old Spice ads or create a frightening S&M monster played by Pat Burrell to freak out Chris Rose, but he'll talk to the baseball, grin strangely in his press photos, talk to the baseball, twitch a lot on the mound, and otherwise be just weird and animated to serve as interim Weird Bearded Closer with all the dignity inherent to the office while Wilson rehabs. And personally, I think that's all we can ask for. Oh, that and for him to continue pitching really well. But jus ...
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Burrell's Legacy & Phillies' Rotation
philly.com - almost 5 years
Roy Halladay & the starting rotation stay strong. Pat Burrell signs one-day minor league deal to retire as a Phillie. CineSport's Noah Coslov & the Philadelphia Inquirer's Marc Narducci discuss.
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Burrell will sign 1-day deal and retire a Phillie
USA Today - almost 5 years
Former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Pat Burrell will sign a one-day minor league contract and retire with the organization.
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Pat Burrell might help coach in SF Giants' camp
San Francisco Chronicle - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-634188" href="/Pat+Burrell+1">Pat Burrell</a>, one of the catalysts of the Giants ' 2010 championship run, might join a luminous list of former players who visit spring training for a week or two of special coaching. Manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that...
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Pat Burrell might help coach in SF Giants' camp
San Francisco Chronicle - about 5 years
Ariz. - <a class="fplink fp-634188" href="/pat+burrell+1">Pat Burrell</a>, one of the catalysts of the Giants ' 2010 championship run, might join a luminous list of former players who visit spring training for a week or two of special coaching. Manager Bruce Bochy said...
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Recently Retired Baseball Player Pat Burrell Is Selling His $3.7 Million Desert Home
Business Insider - about 5 years
Recently retired baseball player <a class="fplink fp-634188" href="/pat+burrell+1">Pat Burrell</a> just listed his home in Scotsdale, Arizona for $3.7 million, according to Realtor.com. We're guessing Burrell decided to ditch the place because he won't have to go out there for spring training anymore. The 7,000 square-foot house sits on almost an acre and a half of desert land. The home is technologically advanced and can be controlled completely by a wireless touchpad. Burrell's home has some serious desert landscaping A very modern style Let's go inside. See the rest of the story at Business Insider Please follow Sports Page on Twitter and Facebook. See Also: Recently Retired Yankees Catcher Jorge Posada Put His $11.5 Million Condo On The Market Not-So-Random Drug Testing Suggests Major League Baseball Is Suspiscious Of Jose Bautista's Newfound Power Dodgers Sale Price May Reach $2 Billion
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Pat Burrell retiring after 12 seasons - Chicago Tribune
Google News - about 5 years
Baseball Nation <a class="fplink fp-634188" href="/pat+burrell+1">Pat Burrell</a> retiring after 12 seasons Chicago Tribune — <a class="fplink fp-634188" href="/pat+burrell+1">Pat Burrell</a> is retiring after a 12-year major league career, according to multiple reports. Burrell spent the majority of his career with the Philadelphia Phillies, who selected him with the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 1998 draft, and also played ... Burrell retires with two World Series ringsTucson Citizen Reports: <a class="fplink fp-634188" href="/pat+burrell+1">Pat Burrell</a> retiringUPI.com Burrell, No. 1 overall pick in '98, calls it a careerMLB.com Ology all 80 news articles »
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Pat Burrell
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 38
    It was announced on February 28, 2015 that Burrell will be inducted onto the Phillies Wall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details He was subsequently inducted on Friday, July 31. He stated, "I always knew that the fans were behind me, even through the tough times. When David (Montgomery) called and told me I had been voted in by the fans, it was overwhelming." He was the 37th inductee to the Wall of Fame. Burrell showed a penchant for hitting home runs against the New York Mets. In 2007, Burrell hit four home runs in a four-game series sweep against the Mets in late August. In total, he hit 42 home runs against the Mets through the 2011 season, his highest total against any team, which ranked fifth all-time in home runs hit against the franchise at the time of his departure from Philadelphia (he has since fallen to sixth, having been passed by Chipper Jones.) Batting .264 at the Phillies' home parks against a .228 mark at Shea Stadium, Burrell nonetheless enjoyed playing in New York, citing the atmosphere and memorable home runs against Mets pitchers, including two in back-to-back games against then-closer Armando Benítez.
  • 2012
    Age 35
    Burrell signed a one-day contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on May 19, 2012, so he could officially retire as a Phillie.
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  • 2011
    Age 34
    In his first 20 games of 2011, Burrell batted .270 with five home runs and eight RBI.
    More Details Hide Details On April 18, he hit a game-winning three-run home run in an 8 - 1 victory over Colorado. After batting .172 with one RBI over his next 12 games, he was replaced as the Giants' left fielder by Cody Ross, who was replaced as the Giants' right fielder by Schierholtz. On May 4, Burrell had a game-winning RBI single in a 2 - victory over the Mets. In the first game of a doubleheader against the Cubs on June 28, Burrell had a home run and three RBI in a 13 - 7 victory. He had a game-winning RBI single on July 7 in a 2 - 1 victory over San Diego. On July 15, Burrell was placed on the disabled list with a potentially career-ending foot injury. He returned from the DL on August 31, but he was not able to start regularly upon returning. For the final game of the year (a 6 - 3 loss to Colorado on September 28), Burrell started in left field after asking Giants' manager Bruce Bochy to put him in the lineup since it was potentially his final game. He finished the year batting .230 with career-lows in games (92), at bats (183), hits (42), home runs (seven), and RBI (21). On October 30, he filed for free agency.
    A month later, on December 3, he signed a one-year, $1 million contract to return to the Giants in 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 33
    Burrell's 2010 totals were 373 at-bats, 94 hits, 20 home runs, and 64 RBI in 120 games.
    More Details Hide Details In Game 2 of the NLDS against Atlanta on October 8, Burrell hit a three-run home run in a 5 - 4 loss. On October 16, in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Phillies, he had an RBI double against Roy Halladay. Nate Schierholtz then pinch-ran for him, scoring the winning run in the Giants' 4 - 3 victory. In the World Series, Burrell struck out eleven times in thirteen at-bats, had no hits, and was benched for Game 4. However, the Giants won the World Series in five games, and Burrell received his second championship ring. On November 1, Burrell filed for free agency.
    With the Giants in 2010, Burrell batted .266 with 289 at-bats, 18 home runs, and 51 RBI in 96 games as the Giants won the NL West and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
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    On May 29, 2010, the San Francisco Giants signed Burrell to a minor league contract and assigned him to the triple-A Fresno Grizzlies of the Pacific Coast League.
    More Details Hide Details After batting .313 with one home run and six RBI in five games, he was called up to the Giants on June 4 to replace John Bowker, who was optioned to Fresno. The next day, he took over from Aubrey Huff (who moved over to right field) as the Giants' left fielder. On July 31, with the Giants trailing 1–0 to the Dodgers in the eighth inning, Burrell hit a two-run home run to give the Giants a 2 - 1 victory. On August 6, he hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in the 11th inning of a 3 - 2 victory over Atlanta. Three days later, the Giants faced the Chicago Cubs for a four-game series. In the first game of the series, Burrell hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 11th inning of a 4 - 3 victory. In the third game, he had three RBI (including a game-winning home run in the eighth inning against Justin Berg) in a 5 - 4 victory. In the finale, Burrell hit two home runs (including a grand slam) and had five RBI in an 8 - 7 victory. On August 17, Burrell returned to Philadelphia for his first regular season game there as a member of the opposing team, and he received a standing ovation. He hit a home run in his first at bat of the game, but the Giants lost, 9 - 3.
    Burrell hit a game-winning two-run home run in the 12th inning of a 3 - 1 victory over Boston on April 17, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details On April 27, he hit a game-winning three-run home run in an 8 - 6 victory over the Oakland Athletics. In his first 24 games of the season, Burrell batted .202 with two home runs and 13 RBI. On May 15, he was designated for assignment and replaced on the Rays' roster by Hank Blalock. Four days later, he became a free agent after clearing waivers.
  • 2009
    Age 32
    Burrell slumped throughout the 2009 season, and he finished the year batting .221 in 122 games.
    More Details Hide Details He set or tied career-lows in hits (91), home runs (14), RBI (64), and walks (57).
    On January 5, 2009, the Tampa Bay Rays signed Burrell to a two-year, $16 million contract.
    More Details Hide Details They planned to use him as their designated hitter. Burrell got a standing ovation when he returned to Philadelphia for an exhibition series on April 3 and 4. On April 9, Burrell flew to Philadelphia to join the Phillies as they received their World Series rings in a pregame ceremony. After the ceremony, he flew back to Boston for the Rays' game against the Boston Red Sox. On May 17, Burrell was placed on the disabled list (retroactive to May 12) with a neck strain. He was activated from the DL on June 11. On June 24, he hit a game-winning two-run home run and had three RBI in a 7 - 1 victory over the Phillies. On July 7, he hit a walk-off two-run home run in the 11th inning of a 3 - 1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. On September 2, he had a game-winning RBI single in an 8 - 5 victory over Boston. He had four RBI against Jason Berken (including a three-run home run) on September 15 in a 10 - 5 loss to Baltimore.
  • 2008
    Age 31
    Burrell batted .326 in April 2008, with 8 home runs and 24 RBI.
    More Details Hide Details He hit two home runs on April 7 (including the game-winner) against Bronson Arroyo in a 5 - 3 victory over Cincinnati. On April 24, his two-run double against David Riske provided the game-winning RBI in the Phillies' 3 - 1 victory over Milwaukee. With the double, Burrell got his 23rd and 24th RBI of the month, breaking Hayes' team record for most RBI in April (22). After batting .227 in May (with five home runs), Burrell batted .256 with six home runs in June. His walk-off two-run home run with two outs in the tenth inning gave the Phillies a 6 - 5 victory over San Francisco on May 2. On May 22, Burrell hit a game-winning pinch-hit home run in a 7 - 5 victory over Houston. On June 3, he hit a game-winning two-run home run in a 3 - 2 victory over Cincinnati. He followed up his performance in June by hitting .304 in July with seven home runs, but he slumped over the final two months, batting .191 with seven home runs. He hit a game-winning three-run home run on July 13 in a 6 - 3 victory over Arizona. On August 15, his home run helped the Phillies defeat the Padres 1 -. Two days later, he hit a game-winning home run in a 2 - 1 victory over the Padres. He had five RBI (including a game-winning three-run home run against Clayton Kershaw) in a 9 - 2 victory over the Dodgers on August 23.
  • 2007
    Age 30
    In 2007, the Phillies won the NL East and reached the playoffs for the first time since 1993 and the first time in Burrell's career.
    More Details Hide Details Burrell hit a home run against Jeff Francis in the first game of the NL Division Series (NLDS) but had only one other hit in the series as the Phillies were swept by the Colorado Rockies.
    Burrell finished the 2007 regular season batting .256 with 30 home runs, 97 RBI, and 114 walks (a career high) in 155 games.
    More Details Hide Details Burrell, Ryan Howard, and Jimmy Rollins became the second trio of Phillies with 30 or more home runs (and the first since 1929). On defense, he led major league outfielders in errors, with 10, and his .948 fielding percentage was the lowest among left fielders.
    Burrell became the Phillies' longest tenured player in 2007 with the departure of Lieberthal via free agency.
    More Details Hide Details He hit only one home run in April but had a .292 batting average. On April 6, he homered and had four RBI (including the game-winner) in an 8 - 2 victory over Florida. He began to slump after April, batting .157 over the next two months. Once again, Manuel began benching him, using Greg Dobbs, Jayson Werth, or Michael Bourn in left field. On May 11, Burrell hit two home runs and had five RBI in a 7 - 2 victory over the Cubs. Werth was injured at the end of June, however, and Burrell reclaimed his starting job by batting .435 in July, with six home runs and 22 RBI. From July 1 through the end of the season, he batted .300 with 22 home runs and 65 RBI, starting the final 75 games of the season for the Phillies in left field. On July 14, he had four RBI in a 10 - 4 victory over St. Louis. Three days later, Burrell hit his 200th career home run in a 15 - 3 victory over the Dodgers. He had a 14-game hitting streak from July 22 to August 5, tying his career high. On August 17, in an 11 - 8 victory over the Pirates, Burrell got his 1,000th career hit, a two-run home run. At the end of August, the Phillies faced the Mets, whom they trailed in the NL East by six games, for a four-game series.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2006
    Age 29
    In April 2006, Burrell batted .300 with seven home runs.
    More Details Hide Details From April 14 to 27, he had 13 RBI in 11 games. However, he batted .249 for the rest of the season, and in June Philles' manager Charlie Manuel began benching him occasionally (often in favor of David Dellucci). On May 1, Burrell hit a game-winning solo home run in an 8 - 5 victory over Florida. On May 7, he had three RBI, including a two-run home run against Matt Morris as the Phillies defeated the Giants, 9 - 5. On June 9, he had three RBI, including a two-run home run against Gary Majewski, but the Phillies lost, 9 - 8, to the Washington Nationals. The next day, he hit a game-winning two-run home run in a 6 - 2 victory over the Nationals. On June 15, he hit two home runs and had three RBI against Steve Trachsel, but the Phillies lost to the Mets, 5 - 4. He had four hits and four RBI in a 14 - 6 victory over the Giants on July 15. On August 22, his RBI double in the sixth inning was the game-winning RBI in a 6 - 3 victory over the Cubs. His first inning grand slam against Roger Clemens on September 15 provided all of the Phillies' runs in a 4–3 victory over Houston. On September 20, his fielder's choice was the game-winning RBI in a 6 - 2 victory over the Cubs.
  • 2005
    Age 28
    He won the first NL Player of the Week Award of the 2005 season on April 10 after accumulating 15 RBI in the first week of the season.
    More Details Hide Details On May 12, he had four hits in a 7 - 5 loss to Cincinnati. He hit a three-run game-winning home run on May 22 in a 7 - 2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. He won another Player of the Week Award that day after he batted .500 with two home runs and eight RBI during the week, becoming the first Phillies player to win the award twice in a season since Hayes won it twice in 1986. On June 5, his solo home run against Mike Koplove was the game-winner in a 7 - 6 victory over Arizona. Four days later, he hit two home runs and had four RBI in a 10 - 8 victory over the Texas Rangers. On June 11, he hit a game-winning three-run home run in a 7 - 5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. He hit two home runs and had five RBI in a 13 - 7 victory over Florida on July 14. On July 30, he had four hits and two RBI in an 8 - 7 victory over Colorado. On August 9, he had four RBI, including a go-ahead three-run home run against Steve Schmoll in an 8 - 4 victory over the Dodgers. His three-run home run against Jake Peavy on August 12 provided all of the Phillies' runs in a 3 - 2 victory over San Diego. He had four RBI on September 9 in a 12 - 5 victory over the Marlins.
    On April 9, 2005, Burrell had four hits and five RBI in a 10 - 4 victory over the Cardinals.
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  • 2004
    Age 27
    Burrell had four hits and three RBI on April 27, 2004, in a 7 - 3 victory over the Cardinals.
    More Details Hide Details He also made a leaping catch to take a home run away from Rolen, and he threw out Pujols trying to score from third base on a single by Édgar Rentería. On May 2, Burrell hit his first career pinch-hit home run: a two-run game-tying home run in the ninth inning against Matt Mantei of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Phillies won the game, 6 - 5, in extra innings. On May 14, Burrell had four RBI (including the game-winner) in a 6 - 4 victory over the Colorado Rockies. He had four RBI again on May 18 (including two home runs) in an 8 - 7 victory over the Dodgers. On July 30, he hit two home runs in a 10 - 7 loss to the Cubs. On August 3, Burrell strained his left wrist during batting practice, and he was placed on the disabled list (DL) for the first time in his career the next day. He was originally scheduled to have season-ending surgery on August 13, but after getting a second opinion from Dr. Tom Graham, he decided to postpone the surgery and attempt to come back before the season ended. On September 3, he was activated from the disabled list. In 127 games, Burrell batted .257 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI.
  • 2003
    Age 26
    On February 3, 2003, Burrell signed a six-year, $50 million contract with the Phillies.
    More Details Hide Details He had two home runs and five RBI (including the game-winner) on April 9 in a 16–2 victory over the Braves. The home runs both came against Greg Maddux, making Burrell the sixth player to hit two home runs in a game against Maddux (and the first since Rolen did it in 2001). On May 20, he hit two home runs and had four RBI in an 11–7 victory over the Mets. On August 9, Burrell hit a game-tying solo home run and a game-winning two-run home run in the 8th and 10th innings of an 8–6 victory over the San Francisco Giants. He hit two home runs (including his 100th) on August 22 in a 9–4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. On September 28, he had the final hit in Veterans Stadium (a single against Jason Marquis) in a 5 - 2 loss to Atlanta. Burrell endured a season-long slump, and he was occasionally benched for a few games (often in favor of Ricky Ledée) by Phillies' manager Larry Bowa. In 146 games, he batted .209 with 21 home runs and 64 RBI. However, his 21 home runs were still the second-highest total on the Phillies (teammate Jim Thome led the NL with 47).
  • 2002
    Age 25
    Burrell hit a leadoff walk-off home run on April 7, 2002, in the 11th inning of a 3–2 victory over the Florida Marlins.
    More Details Hide Details Three days later, on April 10, Burrell hit a two-run walk-off home run in the 11th inning to give the Phillies a 7–5 victory over the Braves. He was the first player in the major leagues to hit two such home runs in a four-day period since Albert Belle did it in 1995, and he was the first Phillie to hit two such in a season since Von Hayes hit two in 1989. In May, he hit eight home runs, the most by a Phillie in May since teammate Mike Lieberthal hit eight in 1999. From June 2 through June 16, he had an 11-game hitting streak, his longest of the season. During the streak, on June 2, he tied a career-high with five RBI in an 18–3 victory over the Montreal Expos. Burrell had 22 home runs by the All-Star break, the most by a Phillie since Mike Schmidt had 31 by the 1979 All-Star break. On July 15, he hit a game-winning three-run home run against Matt Herges in an 11–8 victory over Montreal. He had two home runs, five RBI, and a grand slam in a 7–6 loss to the Dodgers on August 9. On August 30, Burrell had three RBI (including the game-winner) in a 7–5 victory over the Mets. He had his one hundredth RBI that day, becoming the first Phillie with 100 RBI by August 31 since Greg Luzinski did it in 1977.
  • 2001
    Age 24
    On April 14, 2001, Burrell hit a game-winning home run in the sixth inning of a 2–1 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
    More Details Hide Details He had a game-winning two-RBI double in the ninth inning as the Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs, 6–3, on April 17. From May 19 to June 2, he had a career-high 14-game hitting streak. During the streak, on May 28, he hit a game-winning two-run home run against Benítez in the tenth inning of a 5–3 win over the Mets. He hit a home run and had four RBI the next day as the Phillies beat the Mets, 7–3. He hit a game-winning three-run home run on July 4 in a 4–1 victory over the Atlanta Braves. On July 20, he had a home run and five RBI (including the game-winner) as the Phillies beat the Mets, 10–1. He hit home runs in three straight games from July 31 to August 2. On August 10, as the Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 10 - 5, he hit his third career grand slam. He had a home run and three RBI in the final game of the season in a 4–1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Burrell finished the season with 27 home runs, 70 RBI, and a .258 batting average in 155 games. His 18 assists led NL outfielders and tied with Raúl Mondesí for most in the major leagues. However, his 162 strikeouts were the third-highest total in Phillies' history at the time, and they currently are the ninth-highest total.
  • 2000
    Age 23
    On May 23, 2000, Burrell was called up by the Philadelphia Phillies.
    More Details Hide Details On May 24, he replaced Kevin Jordan (who had been filling in for injured Opening Day first baseman Rico Brogna) as the Phillies' first baseman. Making his major league debut that day, he had two hits (his first coming against Octavio Dotel) and two RBI in a 9–7 victory over the Houston Astros. The following day, he hit his first career home run in a 10–6 loss to Houston. On June 20, with the Phillies trailing 2–1 against the New York Mets, he hit a home run against Mets' closer Armando Benítez to make the score 2 - 2 in an eventual 3–2 victory for Philadelphia. The next day, Burrell had five RBI, two home runs, and his first career grand slam in a 10–5 victory for Philadelphia. On July 2, he had four hits and two RBI in a 9 - 1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He remained the Phillies' first baseman when Brogna returned in July. He had five RBI, two home runs, and a grand slam on August 8 in a 10–4 victory over the San Diego Padres. On August 9, newly acquired outfielder Travis Lee was moved to first base, and Burrell was moved to left field for the rest of the year. On September 21, he had a game-winning walk-off single against Rick White in a 6–5 victory against the Mets. He finished the season with 18 home runs, 79 RBI, and a .260 batting average in 111 games, and he had the fourth most votes for the NL Rookie of the Year Award.
    Burrell was named the Phillies' top prospect and the second-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details He began the season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Playing first base and the outfield, he batted .294 with 4 home runs and 25 RBI in 40 games.
  • 1999
    Age 22
    Entering the 1999 season, Burrell was named the top prospect in the Phillies' organization by Baseball America, and they also named him baseball's 19th best prospect.
    More Details Hide Details He spent most of the season with the Double-A Reading Phillies of the Eastern League, batting .333 with 28 home runs and 90 RBI in 117 games. He was named to the Eastern League's post-season All-Star team and won the Eastern League Rookie of the Year Award. He also played 10 games with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons of the Triple-A International League, batting .152 with 1 home run and 4 RBI. In addition to playing first base, he was used as an outfielder with both teams.
  • 1998
    Age 21
    With Clearwater in 1998, Burrell batted .303 with 7 home runs and 30 RBI in 37 games.
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    On July 24, 1998 Burrell and the Phillies agreed to a five-year contract with a $3.15 million signing bonus.
    More Details Hide Details Upon signing, Burrell was assigned to the single-A advanced Clearwater Phillies of the Florida State League, and he was moved to first base because Scott Rolen, Philadelphia's third baseman in the major leagues, had just won the National League (NL) Rookie of the Year Award.
    That year, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies with the first overall pick in the 1998 MLB draft.
    More Details Hide Details Burrell finished his college career with 61 home runs, 187 runs batted in (RBI), and 170 walks in 162 games. His .442 batting average was seventh all-time by an NCAA player, and his slugging percentage of .888 was second only to Pete Incaviglia. In February 2008, Burrell was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame.
    In 1998, as a junior, he won the Golden Spikes Award as the best player in college baseball.
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  • 1997
    Age 20
    He was named Baseball America's Summer Player of the year in 1997.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1996
    Age 19
    He was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the 1996 College World Series, joining Dave Winfield and Phil Nevin as the only players to win the award without winning the series.
    More Details Hide Details In his sophomore year, he was again named a First-Team All-American by Baseball America and the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper but also by the Sporting News this year.
  • 1995
    Age 18
    After graduating from high school in 1995, Burrell was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 43rd round of the 1995 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft.
    More Details Hide Details Instead of signing, he chose to attend the University of Miami, where he played third base and was a teammate of Aubrey Huff. As a freshman, he was selected as a First-Team All-American by Baseball America and the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1976
    Born
    Born on October 10, 1976.
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