Week in Review

February 05, 2012 | Derek Halford

Pat Burrell Retires – Burrell played with the Philadelphia Phillies, the Tampa Bay Rays, and the San Francisco Giants. In 1998, he was the first overall draft pick by the Phillies. He debuted with the Phillies in 2000 and he finished fourth in voting for the National League Rookie of the Year Award. After hitting 27 home runs in 2001, he hit a career-high 37 home runs in 2002.

In 2003, he signed a six-year contract with the Phillies but batted a career-low .209 with 21 home runs. In 2004, he batted .257 with 24 home runs but missed several games with a wrist injury. He hit 32 home runs in 2005 and finished seventh in NL MVP Award voting after he set a career high with 117 RBI. In 2006, he batted .258 with 29 home runs and 95 RBI but was benched for a few games due to a slump after April. He batted .256 with 30 home runs in 2007 as the Phillies reached the playoffs for the first time in his career. Burrell hit a home run in the playoffs as the Phillies were swept in the first round. In 2008, he hit 33 home runs as the Phillies reached the playoffs again, winning the World Series.

After the 2008 season, Burrell became a free agent. He signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays to be their designated hitter and he batted .221 with 14 home runs in 2009. After he batted .202 with two home runs in his first 24 games of the 2010 season, he was designated for assignment by the Rays. He became a free agent and signed with the San Francisco Giants several days later.

He took over as the Giants’ left fielder and hit 18 home runs in 96 games for the Giants as they made the playoffs. Burrell got his second World Series ring as the Giants won it. He signed a one-year deal to return to the Giants in 2011. He lost his left field job, and he batted .230 with a career-low 7 home runs in 92 games in addition to suffering a career-ending foot injury.

His career statistics are a .253 batting average, 292 home runs, and 976 RBI’s. He was 2 time world series champion. Do you think he’s worthy for the Hall of Fame?

Angelo Dundee Dies – Dundee was an American boxing trainer and cornerman. He was best known for his work with Muhammed Ali (1960–1981). He also worked with 15 other world boxing champions, including Sugar Ray Leonard, Jose Napoles, George Foreman, Jimmy Ellis, Carmen Basilio, Luis Rodriguez, and Willie Pastrano.

NFL Awards – MVP – QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Offensive Player of the Year – QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Defensive Player of the Year – DE/OLB Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens

Coach of the Year – Rookie Coach Jim Harbaugh, San Fransisco 49ers

Comeback Player of the Year – QB Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

AFC Rookie of the Year – LB Von Miller, Denver Broncos

NFC Rookie of the Year – QB Cam Newton, Carolina

Walter Payton Man of the Year Award – C Matt Birk, Baltimore Ravens

Never Say Never Moment of the Year Award – QB Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos for the game vs. the Bears.