July 16, 2003 |
'FOR THOSE to whom much has been given," Saint Luke tells us in the New Testament, "much is expected. " While the apostle might not be on the Phillies' roster, he certainly can feel Pat Burrell's pain. The highly-rated slugger, currently flirting with a .200 batting average and one of the most prolonged slumps this city has ever seen, is quickly becoming the victim of the kind of great expectations that have ruined the careers of many potential superstars. Just ask Bobby Murcer or Bill Robinson, outfielders who played with the New York Yankees in the late 1960s and were expected to fill the void left by Mickey Mantle's retirement.
November 1, 2010 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - After Game 3 of the World Series, the possibility of being benched was posed to Pat Burrell. The San Francisco Giants leftfielder had struck out four times and admitted what poor timing it was for a slump. So he'd understand any move his manager, Bruce Bochy, decided to make. "I'd be disappointed, of course," Burrell said. "Could I blame him? Probably not. " Bochy slept on it and came to Rangers Ballpark on Sunday morning with his choice: It was time to bench Burrell, for at least one day. "He's a big reason why we're here," Bochy said, "but he also understands and he admits that his timing is off a little bit. " That might be an understatement.
January 31, 2012 |
CHARLIE MANUEL knew the end was near for Pat Burrell after a conversation last fall, when the former Phillies slugger indicated just how much pain his foot was causing him. "He had a bad arch and trouble with his heel," Manuel said. "I think it got to a place where he actually couldn't play defense or run anymore. I think that was a big reason. He still wanted to play and he still loves to play. " Yesterday, multiple news organizations reported that Burrell has decided to retire after 12 seasons in the majors, nine of them with the Phillies.
June 23, 2010 |
Pat the Bat: No. 1 at last Due to nationwide anxiety over such things as the referee-challenged U.S. tie with Slovenia in the World Cup, or a European golfer winning the U.S. Open, High&Inside somehow missed the major event of the last week. While we were distracted, our old friend Pat Burrell became the leading home run hitter from the state of Arkansas. Luckily, sharp-eyed reader Bob Bogart read that the former Phillie had swatted a pair of homers in his first week with San Francisco and immediately did the math.
May 24, 2000 |
One of the most eagerly awaited moments in Phillies history will occur tonight when Pat Burrell, the franchise's most ballyhooed prospect ever, digs his spikes into the batter's box at Enron Field. Burrell, the No. 1 pick in the 1998 draft, was called up from triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre yesterday. He was scheduled to arrive in Houston late last night and will debut in the Phillies lineup tonight against the Houston Astros and righthander Octavio Dotel. Burrell will start at first base, and manager Terry Francona expects to bat him sixth.
January 6, 2009 |
Elvis' master has left the building. Pat Burrell's 11-year tenure as a member of the Phillies organization officially ended yesterday when the free-agent slugger signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, the team he helped beat in the World Series in October. Burrell, 32, will be the Rays' designated hitter. He leaves the Phillies ranked third on the franchise's all-time list with 251 home runs. Only Mike Schmidt, with 548, and Del Ennis, with 259, hit more as Phillies.
February 24, 2004 |
A couple of times last season, Phillies leftfielder Pat Burrell found himself on the telephone with Mark McGwire. The first time they spoke, Burrell barely uttered a word. "This is going to be the best year of your life," the former slugger told Burrell. "You're not going to believe all you're going to learn about yourself. You'll be better because of this. " McGwire hit .201 with 22 home runs and 75 RBIs in 1991, but rebounded in 1992 to hit .268 with 42 homers and 104 RBIs.
September 29, 2003 |
If anybody couldn't wait to leave Veterans Stadium yesterday, it had to be Pat Burrell. He had his reasons. He had just completed a dismal season in which he hit .209 with 21 home runs and 64 RBIs. In 522 at-bats, Burrell walked 72 times and struck out 142 times. Compare that with last season, when Burrell hit .282 with 37 homers and 116 RBIs, 89 walks and 153 strikeouts in 586 at-bats. Burrell, who signed a six-year, $50 million contract in the off-season, had been benched several times throughout the year, including during several meaningful games in the final weeks of the season.
November 3, 2010 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Pat Burrell was soaked in champagne Monday night, but he had little to do with making the corks pop. Except for winning the World Series, really, he had a season to forget. In fact, as Burrell waited his turn to touch the Commissioner's Trophy for the second time in 3 years, he had a hard time remembering the beginning of his climb from baseball's trash heap. He beamed, exultant, a champion again, and he was asked to compare his feelings: June 1, digging in against Kevin Pucetas in Las Vegas, vs. his feeling exactly 5 months later, celebrating here on the field at Rangers Ballpark in Texas.
April 17, 2012 |
TONIGHT, Pat Burrell will throw out the first pitch in San Francisco. On May 19, he will sign a 1-day minor league contract so he can retire a Phillie. For years, Burrell's influence on the organization will be felt. Around Burrell, the Phillies constructed a ballclub that won the last five National League East titles; a club that won the World Series in 2008 and went to another Series in 2009, after Burrell left for Tampa Bay. He was not the best player on any of his Phillies teams.