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Pat Burrell expected to retire at age 35

Jan 30, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

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No official word yet, but Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reports that Pat Burrell will announce his retirement following a 12-year career.

Burrell got back on track after a miserable one-and-a-half season stint with the Rays, returning to the NL with the Giants while hitting .259 with 25 homers and an .827 OPS in 560 plate appearances.

Those numbers basically match his career marks, but Burrell’s foot problems made staying in the lineup difficult and his lack of defensive value likely would have made it tough to land a full-time job anyway.

Burrell never quite developed into the superstar many projected from the No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 draft, as his offense was very good rather than great and his defense dragged down his overall value, but he smacked 20-plus homers nine times and among all active right-handed hitters with at least 5,000 plate appearances his .834 OPS ranks 11th.

And now Burrell–or at least his alter ego “The Machine”–will have plenty of time to play dress-up with Brian Wilson.

  1. mdpickles - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    It’s ironic that JD Drew and Pat Burrell are retiring in the same offseason. Two spectacularly mediocre careers. Who had the better moment? Pat’s World Series stats: 27 ABs, 16 SOs and 1 hit. Phils fans will forever remember that one hit.

    • aceshigh11 - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      JD’s grand slam in the ’07 ALCS against the Indians is pretty much the highlight of his Red Sox career.

      He also had a game-winning hit in that AMAZING Sox comeback game against the Rays in the ’08 ALCS.

    • thefalcon123 - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      “Two spectacularly mediocre careers.”

      Drew posted a career 46 WAR with a .384 OBP and .489 slugging. If by “mediocre” you mean “really damn good”, then I agree.

      • bigharold - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:58 PM

        Which exposes WAR for the practically meaningless stat that it is. Drew never played more than 140 games for the RS, in fact he averaged about 120 games a year. Meaning he wasn’t available 25% of the time. He averaged 16 HR and never hit 25, he averaged 57 rbis a year and never hit 70. Certainly more is expected from a corner outfielder. And, that doesn’t even begin to address the fact that the RS signed him to a big money deal thinking he was about to break out and mostly he just broke down.

        One needs to be on the field in order to contribute and Drew was not. Certainly not enough to rate his career anything other than “.. spectacularly mediocre ..”.

      • foreverchipper10 - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:14 PM

        Hey Harold, you know he played for other teams besides the Sox right? He had a stellar one year in ATL with 31 HRs and 93 RBI if those are the stats that matter to you. Also had an OBP of .436 and finished 6th in MVP voting that year.

      • bigharold - Jan 30, 2012 at 8:57 PM

        “..you know he played for other teams besides the Sox right? ”

        Yes I am. If you look at his career numbers it’s actually not better. Excluding 1998 when he only played in 14 games his number don’t change much as he averages all of 18 HRs and 60 rbis but fewer games at 119. Again, not what would be expected from a corner OFer and on not the field enough.

        Which again is “.. spectacularly mediocre ..”. Perhaps you should stop looking at the one or two high points and look at his career numbers

      • thefalcon123 - Jan 31, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        Jesus Harold…Jesus

        Let’s see:

        2000: Pretty good, +.400 OBP, in 135 games
        2001: Amazing year cut short by broken hand. Still 109 game of excellence
        2002: Struggled
        2003: Half a season worth of PA’s, but a 132 OPS+ when he did play
        2004: MVP Caliber season
        2005: Hurt, but excellet for half a season
        2006: Healthy and a very good year
        2007: struggled, but not awful.
        2008: Excellent…when healthy
        2009: Most healthy and had an excellent year
        2010: meh
        2011: Ouch.

        So, we have a player who was excellent when he was healthy but often hurt. That makes him better than about 90% of people who ever played the game. You criticize him for not having enough RBI’s? Really?!?! Well, he hit .274 and slugged .480 in his career with RISP, his .876 OPS with runners on matches his career almost to a T. Do you think maybe, JUST MAYBE his low RBI totals may have had to do with where he hit in the lineup in Boston? In 92 games in 2009, he hit either 1st, 2nd, 6th, 7th or 8th. That means, a majority of his games were not in the prime RBI position in the lineup.

  2. sasquash20 - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Thank you Pat. As a Phillies fan there were times when I loathed that sometimes horrible swing of yours, but you did help us win a WS. So you get a free pass in Philly for life bro. Good luck!

  3. reospeedwagon916 - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Good news if you own a bar in the Marina.

  4. rcali - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    But he’s in the best shape of his life!

    • bigharold - Jan 30, 2012 at 9:32 PM

      Clearly that’s not saying much.

  5. areyesrn - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Watching this guy for years react (and striking out) to pitches on the inside of the plate as if they were about to hit his thigh/hip was always frustrating to me…

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