Burrell Retires At 35
Burrell was the first pick in the 1998 draft.
Burrell was the first pick in the 1998 draft.

Posted Jan 31, 2012


LF Pat Burrell retired Jan. 30 with two World Series championship rings from his 13-season major league career.

Burrell, 35, was the first overall pick in the 1998 amateur draft by Philadelphia, and he spent nine years with the Phillies. His best year was 2002, when he hit .282 with 37 homers and 116 RBI.

His final season with the Phillies was 2008, when they won the World Series.

Burrell signed with the Rays in 2009, but he hit just .221 in his first season with Rays, and he was hitting only .202 in 2010 when the team released him.

The Giants picked him up, and he hit .266 with 18 homers in 96 games that year, and he helped San Francisco win the 2010 World Series.

After signing a one-year deal with the Giants for 2011, he couldn't duplicate his 2010 numbers, hitting .230 with seven home runs in 92 games. A foot injury kept him out of action for a while and affected his performance.


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