After fighting through a painful foot injury for a majority of the 2011 season, San Francisco Giants’ veteran outfielder Pat Burrell is leaning towards retirement, though he hasn’t dropped the gavel just yet.
Burrell acknowledged the fact late in the season that retirement was a definite option if his foot couldn’t get back to full strength, though it is starting to look like his time as a player is unfortunately over. Nevertheless, his time with the Black and Orange will be one to be remembered.
The 35-year-old Burrell was picked up by the Giants mid-season in 2010 after being cut by Tampa Bay, and played an integral part in the team’s first World Series championship since moving from New York in 1958.
Pat the Bat was the No. 1 overall draft pick by the Phillies in 1998, winning a World Championship with them as well. Burrell owns a career .253/.361/.472 batting line along with 976 RBIs in 1,640 games played.
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