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Giants OF Pat Burrell will retire

Posted on: January 30, 2012 2:11 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 3:58 pm
 


By C. Trent Rosecrans


Just days after J.D. Drew said he was retiring, Pat Burrell is also ending his career in baseball. It seems only fitting that the two will go out after the beginnings of their career were intertwined. CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman reports Burrell will retire.

The two were picked within the first five picks of the 1998 draft, but the story goes back to 1997.

The 1997 Golden Spikes Award winner from Florida State, Drew was taken by the Phillies with the second overall pick in 1997. However, Drew and agent Scott Boras wanted a record $10 million contract from Philadelphia, which wouldn't meet that demand. Instead of relenting, Drew went to play in an independent league and re-enter the 1998 draft.

It just so happened the Phillies had the top pick in that draft as well. But instead of trying their luck with Drew, they took Burrell, the 1998 Golden Spikes Award winner, out of Miami. Drew went to the Cardinals with the fifth pick.

Burrell signed quickly and was immediately cast as the anti-Drew.

While Drew would make his big-league debut in 1998, Burrell spent two more years in the minors before appearing with the Phillies in 2000. That year he finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting after hitting 18 home runs and driving in 79. In nine years with the Phillies, he hit .257/.367/.485 with 251 homers, winning the World Series in 2008, his final season in Philadelphia.

The Phillies didn't have need for the outfielder anymore in 2009, letting him sign with the Rays as a DH in 2009, but he struggled in that spot, hitting just .218/.311/.361 with 16 homers in 2009 and the first part of 2010. Hitting .202 with two homers in his first 24 games in 2010, the Rays released him.

Burrell signed with the Giants and rebounded, hitting 18 homers in 96 games for San Francisco, winning another World Series.

After signing a one-year deal with the Giants for 2011, he couldn't replicate his magic of the season before, hitting .230/.352/.404 with seven home runs in 92 games thanks to a right foot injury that had a large part in his retirement. In parts of 12 seasons, Burrell finishes with a career .252/.361/.472 with 292 home runs.

Drew's career line stands at .278/.384/.489 with 242 home runs in parts of 14 seasons.

While both players had good careers, neither turned out to be among the better players of their generation as so many predicted.

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Comments

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:05 am
 

Giants OF Pat Burrell will retire

I know nobody counts except the Philies, but Drew had some pretty big hits for Boston when they won in 2007.
Drew wasn't drafted though by the Red Sox, he was a free agent for them.  That's not to say Drew wasn't a nice part for the Red Sox, but he wasn't a building block piece like Burrell was for the Phillies. 

I've always found Drew's drafting a bit amusing.  He wanted so much money to play, and the Phillies refused to give him that.  So he gets drafted the following year, and signs a contract worth less than what the Phillies offered originally. 



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 9:57 am
 

Giants OF Pat Burrell will retire

Scott Boras IS everything that is wrong with sports.  Any questions?



Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 9:50 am
 

Giants OF Pat Burrell will retire

I had my post removed? And no curses CBS you suck



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 9:22 am
 

Giants OF Pat Burrell will retire

The Phillies made the right call by not giving JD Drew so much money in 1997.  Clearly, not even close to a Hall of Fame career.  He certainly didn't deserve that much money back then.  The Phillies were right.



Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:35 am
 

Giants OF Pat Burrell will retire

Loved watching "Pat the Bat" at the U.  I almost never missed a game because you never knew what he was going to do.  He was one of the best power hitters that I have ever seen in College Baseball and he hit some of the longest homeruns in Collegiate history.  Hurricane fans expected him to be the next great hitter in MLB but for some reason (probably major league curveballs), his game didn't really translate well to the majors.  I still think he was a cut above JD Drew though. 



Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:56 pm
 

Giants OF Pat Burrell will retire

I know nobody counts except the Philies, but Drew had some pretty big hits for Boston when they won in 2007. He was pretty useless for most of that big contract but he did have some success for them that postseason. Grand Slam in game 6 of the ALCS against Cleveland for example. 



Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:00 pm
 

Giants OF Pat Burrell will retire

burrell has 1 world series hit and 2 world series rings. but what a hit it was. while he may have been more productive if he laid off the bottle and chasing poon every single night, he'll always be loved in philly for that game 5 hit. As far as drew is concerned, he hit the most meaningless 242 homeruns in mlb history.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:44 pm
 

Giants OF Pat Burrell will retire

...the Cardinals and Phillies sort of struck out with both.
I don't think you can say that about the Phillies.  Burrell was part of the core that won them a World Series.  He might not have been a superstar, but the 3-4-5 combo of Utley-Howard-Burrell was one ot be reckoned with.  You need *that guy* behind your big hitter, and Burrell gave you that.  So not only was he part of the, but he was also the first piece of it. 


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Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:53 pm
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Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:39 pm
 

Giants OF Pat Burrell will retire

It takes two things to make a major impact in the Majors...one, is longevity, few injuries...the other is productivity. Pat Burrell had some good years with the Phillies and Giants, but he was never the superstar they thought he would be. Neither was J.D. Drew with the Cardinals. Both were good ball players, they just couldn't get away from injuries or slumps or strikeouts...Burrell struck out way too much and Drew did get hurt a lot.

Drew was a better overall hitter, but Burrell hit more HRs and drove in more runs. Sorry to see both  of them go, but they never were going to be superstars...the Cardinals and Phillies sort of struck out with both.


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