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Pat Burrell to retire as a Philadelphia Phillie

Apr 12, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

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The Phillies announced a few minutes ago that Pat Burrell will sign a one-day minor league contract so that he can retire as a Phillie. There’s going to be a retirement ceremony on May 19th.

That’s cool.  My only concern here is that a perfectly good retirement ceremony will be messed up if, between now and May 19, Ruben Amaro and Charlie Manuel realize that Burrell is a clear upgrade over Juan Pierre and actually call him up.

  1. plumbstupid - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Pat Burrell was never better than Juan Pierre . . . ever!

    • bbk1000 - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      Burrell was always better than Pierre…no comparison. The similarity between the players was both killed the Mets…

  2. kandh2004 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    This is awesome. One of the more underrated players. Definitely one my favorite players, watching him go from #1 pick to a player who help us win it all in 2008. Thanks Pat

  3. Utley's Hair - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    If he starts running from the dugout now, he might make it to the microphone by May 19.

    But seriously, he will always be a Phightin. Thanks for everything, Pat the Bat.

  4. philsbirdsflyers - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    PAT THE BAT

    • 18thstreet - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      This is, perhaps, the worst nickname I’ve ever heard.

      • sasquash20 - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:14 PM

        It is to bad he doesn’t have a cool one like 18thstreet

      • 18thstreet - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:11 PM

        You win.

    • bdawk20 - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      “That’s Pat The Bait” – Harry Kalas

  5. Francisco (FC) - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    My only concern here is that a perfectly good retirement ceremony will be messed up if, between now and May 19, Ruben Amaro and Charlie Manuel realize that Burrell is a clear upgrade over Juan Pierre and actually call him up.

    I will note that both have the same age…

  6. jmcnick - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    You can never say anything nice about the Phillies.

    • ezthinking - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      Their mascot is entertaining.

      Signed,

      Craig

      • sasquash20 - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        Best mascot in sports history! Fanatic rules!

    • nategearhart - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      Really? He said it was “cool”.

  7. mojosmagic - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Craig, a six year old with a reading disability would be an upgrade over your journalistic skills.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      Aww, did the mean old blogger hurt your wittle feelings? Don’t you listen to him. Your team is the bestest ever and anyone who doesn’t like them is a big poopy head.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        “Your team is the bestest ever and anyone who doesn’t like them is a big poopy head.”

        Well, duh…

      • dodger88 - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:54 PM

        Keep up the great work Craig et al. HBT is the best baseball site going in part because of the wonderful combination of news, analysis, humour and occasional silliness. I’m sure I speak for others when I say I wouldn’t want to enjoy baseball any other way.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM

        “Occasional” silliness?

      • cur68 - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:12 PM

        I like to think our silliness is full time. I certainly see it as such. Beaver Power!

  8. 12strikes - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    “The Phillies announced a few minutes ago that Pat Burrell will sign a one-day minor league contract..”
    So he is going to play for the Nationals for one day?

    • somekat - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      Bad joke. Everyone knows the Phillies let their talent develope in Houston

      • stex52 - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:17 PM

        It may get tough with Ed Wade gone. At least I hope so. Having said that, I hope Pence does great for the Phils. Kid is fun to watch.

    • stoutfiles - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      The Nationals have always been where the Reds castoffs go because of Bowden.

      -Dunn
      -Kearns
      -Willy Mo
      -Gomes
      -F. Lopez
      -Wagner

    • jimbo1949 - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      Small Sample Size Theatre Presents:

      NL East W L
      Washington Nationals 4 2
      New York Mets 4 2
      Philadelphia Phillies 2 3
      Atlanta Braves 2 4
      Miami Marlins 2 4

      • Francisco (FC) - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

        Jimbo, I will now use the abbreviation 3STP whenever I want to refer to that.

  9. stoutfiles - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    These one day contracts are stupid. Unless he goes out there and gets an at-bat or plays an inning in the field I consider him NOT a Philadelphia Phillie. Little kids get one day contracts, not grown men.

    • nategearhart - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      I bet Amaro will take your highly-esteemed opinion into consideration next time he feels like doing a halfway-decent thing next time.

    • snowbirdgothic - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      You are absolutely correct, which is why the Phillies are going to void this contract and sign an 8 year old from the Cheltenham little league to a 1-day deal instead.

      Alternately, it could just be what some people call a “symbolic gesture”.

  10. daisycutter1 - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    I’d become a Phillies fan if Burrell showed up to the ceremony dressed as The Machine.

  11. irishphilly87 - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    upgrade over juan pierre? craig know what you are talking about man seriously how do you write??? say laynce shitty nix or ty wigginton before juan pierre. juan pierre is gona be solid this year.

    • nategearhart - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      for real write you should give him righting lessons who needs capital letters??????????????????

  12. Detroit Michael - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Doesn’t that mean that Burrell will return as a minor leaguer, not as a Phillie?

    • foreverchipper10 - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      It means he is in the organization. He doesn’t need to suit up. If that were the case the Phils would have to send someone down to open up a roster spot for a day. This is something that happens in all sports.

  13. mdpickles - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Pat the Bat. Man or Machine?

    • Francisco (FC) - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      Can’t he be both?

  14. thewrongalex - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Lock up your wives and daughters on May 19, Philly.

  15. ravenscaps48 - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Thank you for striking out and grounding into double plays in Tampa! Greatly Appreciated

  16. bigzant82 - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    2 mets killers retiring in the same year

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