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Long time Phillie Left Fielder, Pat Burrell Retires After 12 Years
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 01/30/12 2:57 pm | updated: 01/30/12 2:57 pm
Pat Burrell, 35, is putting down the bat after a 12 year career. He was drafted No. 1 overall by the Phillies in 1998 out of the University of Miami as a third baseman, but spent the majority of his career as a left fielder. He was most notably known for his prowess at the plate. Pat the Bat finished his career just shy of 300 HR's at 292.

A nagging, recurring foot injury has hurt his effectiveness in the field and as an everyday player over the past few years. He helped Philadelphia win a World Series in his final year with the club in 2008. He then left and went to the AL and Tampa Bay, but had a horrible year in 2009. Since then, he went to San Francisco, and was able to turn it around, contributing to the Giants first World Series win in 2010. Last year, he was not able to replicate the same performance.

Burrell could at time be a frustrating batter to watch at the plate. It was hard to understand what was going on in his head and why he was swinging at those pitches down and outside and backing away from the ones right over the plate. But when he was locked in, he could hit. He's 4th all time on the Phillies' HR list behind Mike Schmidt (548), Ryan Howard (286) and Del Ennis (259).

Pat Burrell is a great symbol of the renaissance of the Phillies since 2000, now he exiting the game. Can we replace the old guard with new?

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