Like Griffey Jr., Burrell’s been in the headlines a lot recently. Actually just the other day the Giants called up “Pat the Bat” from Triple-A Fresno in hopes that he can rediscover some pop in his stick. Tampa Bay had released Burrell in mid May.
Burrell’s decade-long career in Philadelphia began with him being called the abysmal Phillies “savior” and ended with Pat helping them win a World Series in 2008 as a more-or-less role player.
Despite dramatic highs and lows throughout his career, Burrell has still amassed 267 HR, 904 RBI, and a .253 AVG. The outfielder has never been an All-Star.
Burrell’s parents reside in the San Francisco area, so at least Pat will be able to pop in for a home-cooked meal on a weekend every now and then.