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July 16, 2003 | By WILLIAM C. KASHATUS
'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.
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November 1, 2010 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 31, 2012 | BY DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
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.
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June 23, 2010 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 24, 2000 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 6, 2009 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 24, 2004 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 3, 2010 | By MARCUS HAYES, hayesm@phillynews.com
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.
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September 29, 2003 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 24, 2008 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It must be a little surreal to see a picture of yourself half-naked on a T-shirt. Pat Burrell has seen himself like that for weeks. He rolls his eyes and shakes his head at the (inspirational? motivational?) T-shirts one of his teammates (hint: he plays second base) placed in every locker at Bright House Field before the Phillies opened spring training last month. On the front of the red T-shirt is an old promotional photo of Burrell, shirtless and ready to perform a biceps curl.
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August 16, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
PLACIDO POLANCO retired Sunday as a Phillie. It shouldn't be the last time we hear from him. Polanco always played in the shadow of bigger names - Jim Thome, Pat Burrell, Bobby Abreu, Cole Hamels, Billy Wagner, Roy Halladay - but he belonged with them. He should be remembered as a hard-nosed Phillie with deep connections to the four hardest-nosed Phillies to play for the franchise in the past 20 years: Scott Rolen, Chase Utley, Thome and Carlos Ruiz. Polanco came to Philadelphia in 2002 and turned out to be the most valuable piece in the deadline deal that sent Rolen to the Cardinals.
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August 14, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
The Phillies traded Jim Thome after the 2005 season, but Charlie Manuel said the team should have given him a World Series ring in 2008. That is how much, Manuel said, Thome helped mold the corps of that championship team. Thome, who was inducted into the team's wall of fame on Friday night, meant more to the franchise than just his 101 homers. He is the shortest tenured player to reach the Wall of Fame, but Thome will be remembered for making the Phillies immediate contenders when he signed before the 2003 season and for laying the foundation for the 2008 team.
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July 4, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. - You could see why they wanted him. Anthony Hewitt took batting practice Wednesday, and everything looked right. Hewitt is 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, his beefy upper body tapering to his feet like a giant V, and at each pitch he took an easy inside-out swing from the right side of home plate. Still, the ball rocketed off his bat: a line drive to the right-center-field gap, a deep fly ball to the warning track, so easy. As a senior in high school, Hewitt had put on an awe-inspiring batting-practice display that had helped persuade the Phillies to select him in the first round of the 2008 Major League Baseball amateur draft.
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June 6, 2016 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER COLUMNIST T
ommy Joseph, who is auditioning to be the next regular first baseman for the Phillies following Ryan Howard's 11-year run at the position, might not turn out to be the answer there, of course. In fact, the historical odds are against him. Since he hit well at Lehigh Valley in a couple of dozen games this season, it's reasonable to give him a try, but as a prospect he's not even as promising as Darin Ruf following a 38-home run season for Reading in 2012. Ruf had his chances to unseat the declining Howard.
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February 5, 2016
With Jesse Biddle traded to Pittsburgh, the Phillies will have just 47 games played by their first draft picks from 2003 to 2011 after an unparalleled run of success from the 1998 to 2002 drafts. Not all the players below were taken in the first round, but they were the Phillies' first picks in those drafts. Year   Player    Pick No.    Games with Phils    1998    Pat Burrell    1st   1,306    1999    Brett Myers    12th   240    2000    Chase Utley    15th   1,585    2001    Gavin Floyd    4th   24    2002    Cole Hamels   17th   295    2003    Tim Moss    85th    0    2004    Greg Golson   21st   6    2005   Mike Costanzo    65th   0    2006    Kyle Drabek    18th   0    2007    Joe Savery    19th    41    2008    Anthony Hewitt   24th   0    2009    Kelly Dugan    75th   0    2010    Jesse Biddle    27th    0    2011    Larry Greene    39th   0    2012    Shane Watson    40th    0*    2013    J.P.
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January 19, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Growing up in Galveston, Texas, Nick Williams spent a lot of time in his backyard hitting golf balls without a golf club. He was a kid who loved baseball, and kids who love baseball often love hitting home runs, and Williams savored the chance to track how far a baseball would go once his bat struck it. His father might throw him 200 pitches during a batting-practice session, Williams said, and he'd swing from his heels at every one. But he particularly...
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November 2, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
Only once did I ever worry for my safety as a Mets fan in Philadelphia. It was the day of the Phillies' 2008 World Series parade. Oblivious to the citywide party kicking off outside my front door, I wore, as I always did, my Mets ski cap on my way to work. Across the street, a big guy in Phillies gear with a woman on each arm spotted me. I'll never forget the look on his face - shock, turned to horror, turned to fury. He left the girls behind, sprinted through traffic to cross the street, and pointed his finger in my face.
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October 5, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Any doubt regarding which team will pick first in the Major League Baseball draft next June dissipated over six hours on the penultimate day of the regular season. The Phillies, long owners of baseball's worst record, made sure of that with their performances on a chilly, windy Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. In losing both games of their doubleheader against the Miami Marlins, the Phillies clinched the worst record in the majors and locked up the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft.
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October 4, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies have spent most of the last six months as baseball's worst team. They have scored the third-fewest runs, allowed the third-most, and are among the worst defensively. But as they enter the final two days of their season, they have yet to lock up the prize that comes attached to such a woeful season - the No. 1 pick in the next draft. That could change Saturday, when they play a single-admission doubleheader against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. The magic number coming into the day is 2, meaning any combination of two Phillies losses or Cincinnati Reds wins will clinch the top pick for the Phillies.
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August 21, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - The fact that there wasn't only one quintessential Chase Utley moment, but probably closer to a dozen, likely says more about his success and popularity in a Phillies uniform than anything else could. Yesterday, a day after the team traded its iconic second baseman to the Los Angeles Dodgers, manager Pete Mackanin recalled the 2009 World Series, when he finished his first season on the Phillies' coaching staff by watching Utley hit a Series record-tying five home runs against the Yankees.
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