Pat Burrell Retires

APRIL 12th: The Phillies have announced that Burrell will sign a one-day minor league contract and retire with the club that originally drafted him. The retirement ceremony will be held on May 19th.

JAN. 30th: Pat Burrell is retiring, MLBTR has learned.  We last heard from Pat the Bat in November, when the 35-year-old told the AP"I have not decided yet, but I don't think I can play anymore [due to a chronic foot injury].  It hurts me to say that."

BurrellBurrell was drafted first overall by the Phillies in 1998 as a third baseman out of the University of Miami, but spent the bulk of his career as a left fielder.  In nine seasons with the Phillies, he hit .257/.367/.485 with 251 home runs.  His home run total ranks fourth all-time for the Phillies, behind only Del Ennis, Ryan Howard, and Mike Schmidt.  He finished fourth in the 2000 Rookie of the Year voting, and received MVP votes in '02 and '05.  Burrell had stints with the Rays and Giants to finish his career, during which he earned approximately $71MM in big league salary and scored a pair of World Series rings.

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25 Comments on "Pat Burrell Retires"

3 years 5 months ago

Very solid career

3 years 5 months ago

Pat Burrell is that important in Phillies history to sign him to a one day contract and hold a (presumably on-field) retirement ceremony for him? Phillies history must not be so great… 

3 years 5 months ago

Philly fans love him.

3 years 5 months ago

Mets fans don’t…

3 years 5 months ago

By love do you mean boo and berate?

3 years 5 months ago

Oh good lord. Yes he got booed a bit when he first came back, but it passed pretty quickly.

The guy (and Elvis) led the 2008 WS parade. He’s loved in Philly.

3 years 5 months ago

We have the best fans in baseball.  The Freddie chants last night prove that.  Too bad the national media refuses to see that.   

3 years 5 months ago

all Phillies fans do is boo players

Infield Fly
3 years 5 months ago

Now that’s just plain WRONG! They boo fans too!! 😀

3 years 5 months ago

Not really. That’s what the national media would have you believe though.

3 years 5 months ago

We do not all love him.

bill waters
3 years 5 months ago

Joe L, it’s a nice move, why bash it? His numbers look much better when you look back since there has been no taint of steroids with him

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 5 months ago

His career -61.8 UZR and 21.9 fWAR are kinda average for a player to be celebrated. If we celebrated every player that put up that kind of a career, each season wouldn’t end until Christmas.

Solid offensive career though.

3 years 5 months ago

Pat Burrell was with the Phillies through the bad and the good. Always a class act, which is really saying something when you factor in his struggles and the way  Philadelphia sports fans are. I swear on the life of my first child, he pointed to me while I was waving a 40oz on top of a bus-stop on Broad and Tasker during the parade! A glorious moment!

3 years 5 months ago

As a Phillies fan, it’s not all about the numbers with Pat in this city. He was one of the few athletes that actually understood the fan base.  When he wasn’t playing well and got booed, he admitted it, put his head down, and played. That earned the respect of a lot of fans and that’s why Philly loves him!  Couldn’t have ended his career here in Philly any better than the 08 WS ring.  Glad to see him go out as a Phillie

3 years 5 months ago

“Thank God.”- Every Mets Player and Fan

Michael Gardiner
3 years 5 months ago

Why did it take them 3 months to decide this?

3 years 5 months ago

 Maybe had to coordinate the dates and when he would be available

3 years 5 months ago

Pat the Bat
in the field, he fell flat
but for power, one fat cat
and that’s that

3 years 5 months ago

To sign a one-day contract, he should have to play one game.  That would be more meaningful than something useless like this.  He can suck it up and play once more for the fans.

3 years 5 months ago

I hope he writes a book about his exploits on the field and the ridiculous stories I’ve heard about him off the field.

Overall he carried the Giants to the postseason even though he had a horrible playoff series.

3 years 5 months ago

1 day contract? huh?

3 years 5 months ago

 it’s just so he can officially retire as a Philly.

3 years 5 months ago

suppose he was a guy you had to see play to believe. maybe it was just from high expectations, but he never seemed to matter. two rings, you can’t deny. but it it looked like he was just along for the ride both times. the guy Tampa signed seemed like the real Pat Burrell to me.

3 years 5 months ago

Some time after the one for Chipper Jones.