Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Hall of Fame for Pat Burrell?

I seriously doubt the real Hall of Fame ever inducts Pat Burrell, but for now he is being honored by his alma mater. The University of Miami will officially induct "The Bat" into their Hall of Fame on February 13th. As many of you know, Pat was the 1st overall pick in the '98 draft by the Phils, and for good reason- he was rated the nation's top amateur player winning the Golden Spikes Award. While at Miami Burrell dominated collegiate pitchers to the tune of a .442 batting average with 61 homeruns and 187 rbi in 3 seasons. With all that success in college, many expected him to go on to do great things in the pros, but it has been a bumpy road. He's had lows- .209 average in '03, and he's had highs- 37 homeruns in '02 and 117 rbi in '05, but usually he's sliding right into the middle of cheers and jeers, getting his share of both.

In the past I've defended Burrell's worth. I stood by him until mid-season last year when his average was about to dip below .200 and he was killing the offense...I should have waited another week. Pat had a remarkable resurgence in the 2nd half and carried the offense at times, and in the end he came back to career norms. So, when people ask what I expect from Burrell, I tell them the same thing he does almost every season- .260 average, 30 bombs, and about 100 rbi. Which if you think about it, are some decent stats. Why do people get so pissed at him then? He's wildly inconsistent from month to month and that regularity of fluctuation irks fans. Burrell is set to hit free agency after this year and has went on record as to saying he wants to remain in Philly because he loves it here. Well, I love you here too Burrell and hope you stay on a couple more seasons. Many people wish he were already gone, and think he's vastly overpaid. Those are the same people who boo him mercilessly at home games, but cheer the crap out of him when he kills the Mets (Screw you Billy!). I'm not saying he's a complete player, far from it, but in today's world of Major League Baseball, players with Burrell's stats make Burrell money ($14 million in '08). Don't be surprised in Pat lands a 3 year 40 million dollar deal this offseason. Bottom line, we need his right-handed bat in our lineup, and hopefully every Phils Phan is rooting him on from now on.

~Carson

20 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Phils saw Kris Benson throw for the 2nd time and say he made slight progress and they are mildly interested. See if he nibbles on a minor league contract.

goDuke said...

I agree 100% with you Carson. I'd like to see Burrell stay a Phillie. How can you complain about a guy who goes around 30/100 yearly? I say 35/120 this year... because now that he's gonna be killing Santana for us, those numbers have to go up a little... and mark my words... he's gonna own Johan. OWN!

Tony said...

Hopefully, PTB will completely embrace hitting to RF for the entire season.

If he were to totally grasp the concept that HR's count when hit in the opposite field, he would become the hitter everyone wants after Howard.

Howard would get way more fastballs with PTB on deck and the result would please all PHans.

In that instance, the $14 mil wouldn't be enough to keep him. He will be DHing somewhere in the AL.

furiousBall said...

pat has another season like last one and it will tough to say goodbye, but we will

Bob D said...

I say he will have that monster year, everything points towards it. Last year he did great during the 2nd half. I could see the 40/120 with a 280+ BA. That would land that 3yr 45+mil deal. That maybe wishful thinking but being surrounded by Howard, Utley, Rollins, Jenkins, Werth, Feliz we all know that someone here is going to see good pitches to hit.

Wow that is 7 with 20+Hr potential scary for most pitchers.

GM-Carson said...

Our lineup has awesome power potential from top to bottom (well Chooch still needs to kick it up a notch).

I see Burrell upping the batting average a bit this season, around .275, which will lead to more rbi, but I think homeruns will remain around 30. It's too bad that he doesn't have a better set of wheels, that way he wouldn't always get lifted for a pinch runner or defensive replacement in games...that's an extra 100 ab's right there.

GM-Carson said...

I expect the Phils to announce the signing of Kris Benson and/or Odalis Perez within a week. I'd love for both of them to be signed to minor league deals and pitch for the Iron Pigs until needed, but that's wishful thinking.

GreggyD said...

I see the Phils bringing in Kris Benson over Odalis. MLB Trade Rumors seems to agree in saying:

"The Phillies are Kris Benson's biggest fans. They could use the rotation depth. He's done private throwing sessions for them, and hopes to get a one-year offer with incentives. The Nationals, Astros, Cardinals, and Braves may provide competition for Benson's services."

We need to make sure he doesn't get swept up by either Washington or Atlanta, but especially Atlanta. Lord knows we need the depth more than any team.

SirAlden said...

Well furiousball? There are always TWO good reasons to go see any game that Kris Benson starts.

'nuff said

SirAlden said...

This over at BL is quite interesting to me.

"I think the Phillies will sign Benson if they can. And they should. Outside of the Mets getting Santana and the Tigers getting Cabrera and Willis, the Phillies have had the most productive offseason in baseball."

Posted by: Bob | Wednesday, February 06, 2008 at 04:09 PM

Then the BL Owner:

Bob: I wouldn't go that far at all. The Phils are stuggling to get back to where they were a season ago in my view. I don't see a clear step forward.

Posted by: J. Weitzel | Wednesday, February 06, 2008 at 04:16 PM

Over half full, or less than half full. What do people here on "We Should Be GM's'"?

I think Bob is correct, adding Bedard if the trade goes through.
I think we have improved, not HomeRun out of the Part improved, but Two Run Single improved.

GM-Carson said...

The Phils have lost Rowand and Lohse. However, I feel the additions of Lidge, Jenkins, Feliz, Taguchi, and Bruntlett make up for their absence and yes we have improved.

GM-Carson said...

I forgot to add Chad Durbin to the additions list...he may end up being more useful than we originally thought.

BloodStripes said...

I think the Phils have improved. The recent signings have added more depth. Lidge, Jenkins, Feliz and Taguchi also bring alot of experience. Another pitcher or two in the form of Benson and Perez will add much needed depth to the pitching staff and would therefore make the Phils very solid when injuries and the like occur. Plenty of guys to go to.

This team has several stars but winning involves having a champion team not a team of champions. The Phils are shaping up just fine.

GreggyD said...

Remember, Gillick said we wouldn't contend until 2008. The time has come...

I think the Phils have improved and will get even better with the signing of Benson and/or Perez, or even both. The Johan deal was a punch in the face, but I don't think that one pitcher will make the largest difference in the world. The Phils have a chance to play the role of giant killer again and I think they will be able to do it.

SirAlden said...

I hope we get Lohse on a one year deal.

GM-Carson said...

Some of the Mets, Wright and Wagner, are still calling the Phils the team to beat in the NL East. Is that praise or the kiss of death?

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