Former Philadelphia Phillies Outfielder Pat Burrell to Retire
Pat Burrell will be retiring from the game of baseball, sources said. Burrell, 35, finishes his 12-year major league career with 292 home runs, 976 runs batted in, and two World Series rings – on the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies and 2010 San Francisco Giants.
Amazingly, Burrell was 1-for-27 in his World Series career, but still managed to earn two rings. The lone hit was arguably his most memorable as a Phillie, as he doubled off the top of the left center field wall in Game 5 of the World Series.
Burrell was initially drafted first overall by the Phillies in the 1998 MLB draft. He reached the major leagues in just two seasons and ended up hitting 20 home runs eight straight seasons. He finished in the top 15 in MVP voting twice, although he never made the All-Star team.
The Phillies let Burrell go after the 2008 season and signed Raul Ibanez to a three-year deal to serve as Burrell’s replacement. Burrell signed with the Tampa Bay Rays for 2009, then played his final year and a half on the Giants. He hit just .230 with seven home runs last year with the Giants.
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