|MADE THE MOST OF A SO-SO ARM.|
|LED THE '01 BRAVES OF MADDUX AND GLAVINE WITH A 3.04 ERA.|
DEFINING THE PLAYER
- Soft-tosser John Burkett was part of a nice 1-2 punch at the top of the Giants' rotation for a 103-win second-place team in 1993. Burkett's 15-year career mark was 166-136, and he led baseball in victories in '93 and posted double-digit wins 10 times. Not bad for a pitcher whose fastball hardly topped 85 mph.
- Burkett became a 20-game winner for the first and only time in his career on Sept. 23, 1993, after three-hitting the Astros over eight innings. The 7-0 victory was the Giants' 95th of the season and kept them within 2 1/2 games of the Braves in the NL West with 10 left. The Giants' frantic chase would finish a game short.
- The '93 season, of course. He was 22-7 with a 3.65 ERA, was named to his first and only All-Star team and finished fourth in the Cy Young Award voting. In addition to Burkett, that staff was led by Bill Swift (21-8).
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- Fourth in NL Rookie of the Year voting in '90 after going 14-7 with a 3.79 ERA.
- In '96 with the Rangers, Burkett went the distance and got the win in Game 1 of the Division Series against the Yankees. He scattered 10 hits in the 6-2 victory, the first for the Rangers in the postseason.
- After his ERA hovered in the mid-4's and 5's from '97-'99, Burkett signed with the Devil Rays in the winter of '00 but was released in spring training.
- The Braves took him off the scrap heap, and pitching coach Leo Mazzone worked his magic; in the next two years, Burkett went 22-18 with a 3.74 ERA.
- Burkett is a part-time professional bowler, having rolled 12 perfect games.