San Francisco Giants: Pat Burrell to Return to Giants?

Troy NelsonContributor IIIFebruary 22, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 15:  Pat Burrell #5 of the San Francisco Giants warms up on deck during the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 15, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Giants defeated the Diamondbacks 5-2.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Taking a page out of Brett Favre's playbook, former San Francisco Giants outfielder Pat Burrell may soon un-retire.

Just not as a player.

Burrell, who recently quit the game because of lingering foot problems that prevent him from playing pain-free, could return to the Giants—as a special assistant.

According to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, the 35-year-old Burrell might show up at spring training for a week or two and—like Will Clark and J.T. Snow before him—provide some old-fashioned experience and advice to the young players.

Schulman confirmed that Giants skipper Bruce Bochy and GM Brian Sabean have indeed talked to Burrell about rejoining the organization. Bochy was quoted as saying, "We think a lot of Pat."

Burrell would likely be used as some type of hitting instructor. We know he's not being brought in to talk about the idiosyncrasies of playing left field.

Come to think of it, Pat the Bat could be just the type of guy to help reinvigorate the clubhouse if things get too tense.