THE BAT STANDS PAT: Burrell's career is likely over, he acknowledged Thursday. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Short of taking the podium and holding an all-out news conference announcing his official retirement, former Giants outfielder Pat Burrell may have seen his last Major League pitch.
The popular outfielder known as “Pat The Bat” told the Associated Press this afternoon that his career is likely over due to a foot injury.
“I don’t think I can play anymore. It hurts me to say that,” Burrell told the AP.
Burrell, 35, had a resurgent second half of the 2010 season, helping the G-men win their first World Series in San Francisco. After batting just .202 with 2 HR and 13 RBI in 24 games for Tampa Bay, the Rays cut him loose. Giants GM Brian Sabean took a chance on him and it paid off as Burrell went on to hit .267 with 18 HR and 51 RBI in 96 games for the Giants that year.
The Bay Area native (who went to high school in San Jose) battled a foot injury that limited him to just 96 games in 2011 and he struggled to a .230 batting average with just 7 HR and 21 RBI. But he was a constant presence in the Giants’ dugout, where he and Aubrey Huff became like frat brothers in a college dorm. He was a huge reason for the Giants’ magical run in 2010 and will be remembered fondly by Giants fans.
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