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Pat Burrell may rejoin the Giants as a part-time coach

Feb 27, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Pat Burrell retired last month after a 12-season career, but the 35-year-old former No. 1 overall pick may soon be back with the Giants as a part-time coach and special assistant.

Burrell is currently rehabbing from shoulder surgery, but once he’s healthy general manager Brian Sabean told Chris Haft of MLB.com that “we hope to figure something out” to bring him back into the fold.

Based on reputation alone Burrell might seem like an odd fit for an immediate return to coaching, but Haft writes that “his selective plate approach impressed the Giants and prompted their desire to add him to their staff.”

True enough, as Burrell averaged 92 walks per 162 games during his career and posted a strong .361 on-base percentage despite a sub par .253 batting average. He spent one-and-a-half seasons with the Giants and was part of the championship team in 2010, although he went 0-for-13 in the World Series.

  1. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Feb 27, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    How long before Bruce Bochy tries to give him playing time over Brandon Belt?

    • Gamera the Brave - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      Chip,
      That would be funny if it weren’t so painfully true…

  2. deathmonkey41 - Feb 27, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Burrell is going to coach those young guys up on the art of double-fisted celebration chugging.

  3. 49ersgiants4life - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Hey .253 is pretty impressive for a giants hitter haha serious help is needed

  4. bigdicktater - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Sad but true.

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