February 02, 2005

The People vs. Pat Burrell

Pat Burrell has been accused of not living up to expectations. Attorney Michael Berquist of A Citizen's Blog has taken the defense and believes Pat "The Bat" can still lead the Phillies to the promise land. The Berks Phillies Fan leads the prosecution and says Burrell is guilty as charged.

With about $45 million remaining on his contract through 2008, Burrell better come up with something better than his Bill James projection for next season, and frankly, I'm not certain he can do that.

Let's not sugar coat this: Pat Burrell is not the future of the Philadelphia Phillies the way Ed Wade hoped when he offered him a five-year $50 million contract. He's 29 and still getting specialized hitting instruction. At the plate, he looks foolish at times to be honest.

$14 million goes to Pat Burrell just in 2008. $14 million. Phillies officials need to take stock of their situation and decide whether they're in the race or out, and if they're out, they need to start shedding their contracts now because it will only get harder to move them.

Do they have a shot to compete next season? Sure. But in terms of Pat Burrell, give it till June. If he's hitting something like .210, 5 HR, he's finished ... for good.

Rather than risk it, the people request immediate action: a trade; a sentence to play out the rest of his contract in Baltimore, if they will have him.


At 10:34 AM, Blogger el123chico said...

the saddest thing is that if he played in atlanta they would have corrected his hitting problems and he would be a perrenial all star.

At 10:49 AM, Blogger Tom G said...

El Chico is SO right. Sigh.

At 9:24 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Hmmm ... we'll need to have a "trial" on this...


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