Many Phillies' fans were upset when they heard that Pat Burrell (pictured above) wouldn't be rejoining the World Championship Philadelphia Phillies. One of those fans was me.
Burrell became a free agent and the long time Phillie went on to join the very team the Phillies beat in the World Series, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. To fill his position in right field the Phillies signed Right Fielder Raul Ibanez who left rainy (and sucky) Seattle.
Burrell pretty much made the Rays the favorites to win the World Series for years to come. Burrell (as of Friday August, 7th 2009 12:05 EST) has recorded 8 home runs. 8. Home. Runs. It amazes me how he does that not on steroids. In addition to the record breaking amount of home runs he also has an amazing amount of RBIs (Runs Batted In) with 39. And just when you think Burrell can't get any better, he has a .226 batting average.
With Burrell's success, the Rays are an astonishing 60-48 (6 games back from the AL East leading Yankees). Ibanez on the other hand has been a walking out. With an Batting Average of .304, 26 Home runs, 75 RBIs, and his monster number of strike outs with 69 this season (compared to Burrell's 74). Somehow the Phillies have gotten a 7 game lead in the NL East with virtually no 5th hitter.
The final dimension of pat Burrell's game is his amazing pitching. Look at his ERA (Earn Run Average) 0.00. This entire season, not one player has scored a run with Burrell on the mound. Burrell is head and shoulders better than Ibanez, and on top of that Burrell is doing it clean. Unlike juice junkie Ibanez.
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