Former Philadelphia Phillies Star Pat Burrell Reportedly Set to Retire

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2012

ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 23: Pat Burrell #5 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on before game two of the 2008 MLB World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays on October 23, 2008 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Former Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants outfielder Pat Burrell has reportedly decided to retire after 12 years in the majors, according to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors.

The slugging outfielder was a part of two World Series Championships (2008 w/Phillies, 2010 w/Giants) and amassed 251 home runs and 827 RBIs during his career.

After hitting free agency this offseason, a possible lack of suitors may have been the final straw before calling it a wrap on his career.


What it Means

Not much for Major League Baseball, to be honest. Burrell has struggled mightily in the field over his career, and as he has aged, the worse he has become. His once slugging bat also cooled as his career progressed.

With no National League teams wanting to take a risk on the pinch hitter because of his inconsistencies at the plate as well as his inability to play the field, you’d think the American League would come calling.

Not so much. The lack of any kind of consistency at the plate led many teams to believe he wouldn’t be worth it as a designated hitter either. That leaves no more room at the Inn for Burrell.


What Happens Next

The best thing that could happen for all parties involved would be for the Phillies to sign their former No.1 pick to a one-day contract and allow him to retire in Philadelphia.

Burrell was always a fan favorite and helped bring a city desperate for a championship their first taste of winning since 1983. 2008 was a special year, and Burrell should leave baseball the way he came in, as a Phillie.

As good as his career was, the hype around the star never really became fulfilled. There was so much more Burrell could have done, but he was still a solid player for more than a decade.


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