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Pat Burrell apparently left his bat back in the National League

Jun 30, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

In what is evidence of baseball being a funny game or the National League being way worse than the American League–or maybe both–Pat Burrell homered last night and is now 19-for-58 (.328) with four homers and three doubles for the Giants.
Burrell spent the first nine seasons of his career in the NL playing for the Phillies, posting an .852 OPS with an average of 30 homers and 95 RBIs per 150 games. He signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Rays last offseason, proceeded to hit .218 with 16 homers and a .672 OPS in 146 games, and was released last month.
Signed to a minor-league contract by San Francisco, he made a brief pit stop at Triple-A and quickly returned to the National League, where he’s currently sporting the highest OPS of his career while forcing his way into the Giants’ plans. In fact, if you simply pretend Burrell never set foot in the American League (something Rays fans would surely sign off on) here are his yearly OPS totals:

YEAR      OPS
2005     .892
2006     .890
2007     .902
2008     .875
2010     .980

Burrell is earning the league minimum with the Giants, which is perhaps also evidence of life not being fair. Whatever the case, my advice for Hank Blalock is to sign with whichever NL team will have him.

  1. Jonny5 - Jun 30, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Honestly seeing Burrells slump in the Ray’s Organization, made me think riding the bench between at bats has to suck the life out of you. I think it takes a special type of person to be a DH, one that Burrell ain’t.

  2. Ditto65 - Jun 30, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    I beat Burrel in darts once when he was playing for the Reading Phillies. Seemed like a nice enough guy. Glad he found his swing again.

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