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Jeromy Burnitz | Outfielder

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (45) / 4/15/1969
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Oklahoma State
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37-year-old Jeromy Burnitz has decided to retire, his agent told ESPN.com.
While he got some bad contracts at the end of his career, Burnitz was a fine player for the most part, especially in his days with the Brewers. He ends his career with a .253/.345/.481 line and 315 homers in 5,710 at-bats. He established career highs of 38 homers and 125 RBI with Milwaukee in 1998, and he had three seasons with at least a 900 OPS. Unfortunately, he ended 2006 as the longest-tenured regular without a playoff appearance. Sun, Mar 11, 2007 01:12:00 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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Pirates declined to offer arbitration to OF Jeromy Burnitz and 3B Joe Randa.

Randa has already retired, and Burnitz is considering doing the same at age 37.
Sat, Dec 2, 2006 01:26:00 AM

Pirates declined outfielder Jeromy Burnitz's $6 million option for 2007.

Burnitz, who saved the Orioles from themselves by turning down their two-year offer to take one guaranteed year from the Pirates, hit .230/.289/.422 in 313 at-bats. He still has ample power and he did fairly well in his few pinch-hitting appearances, so there should be some interest in him as a part-time player. However, Burnitz has said he's considering retirement at age 37.
Wed, Nov 1, 2006 11:42:00 PM

Jeromy Burnitz homered twice against his former team, the Brewers, on Tuesday in a 6-1 Pirates' victory.

Burnitz was just 6-for-25 and without an extra-base hit this month entering tonight, so he picked an excellent time to show that he's still got something left. The Pirates will surely try to deal him before the July 31 trading deadline, but they probably can't expect much in return.
Tue, Jul 25, 2006 10:46:00 PM

Jeromy Burnitz is expected to be traded prior to the July 31 trading deadline.

"It's just the nature of our business," said Burnitz. "When you're on a struggling team and there are guys who are moveable, it tends to happen. It's just part of the gig, part of the business, part of baseball." We can't imagine there will be much interest in Burnitz, but some team might make a move for him to upgrade their bench.
Tue, Jul 18, 2006 09:42:00 AM

After going 1-for-3, Jeromy Burnitz was pulled from Friday's game in the fifth inning as part of a double-switch.

Nate McLouth pitch-hit for the pitcher in the top of the fifth and had a double. By the time Burnitz's was due up, the Pirates had scored two runs and Steve Trachsel seemed to be on the ropes. However, Burnitz quickly let him off the hook, hitting a weak grounder to second on the first pitch of the at-bat. Manager Jim Tracy decided to have McLouth replace Burnitz in right field in the bottom of the inning, probably because of Burnitz's poor showing. Craig Wilson might resume getting more playing time in right field now.
Thu, Jul 6, 2006 11:02:00 PM

Jeromy Burnitz homered as a pinch-hitter Thursday against the Cardinals.

It was Burnitz's first appearance since he left Sunday's game with right calf tightness. Burnitz isn't expected back in the starting lineup until Saturday.
Thu, Jun 15, 2006 04:36:00 PM

Jeromy Burnitz (calf) isn't expected to return to the starting lineup until Saturday night.

The Pirates are scheduled to face lefties Mark Mulder and Francisco Liriano the next two games, so Burnitz will be given a few extra days to heal.
Thu, Jun 15, 2006 11:22:00 AM

Pirates manager Jim Tracy indicated that Jeromy Burnitz (calf) likely would have sat against Chris Carpenter tonight even if he was healthy.

Burnitz may be available off the bench. Craig Wilson got the start in right field.
Tue, Jun 13, 2006 08:10:00 PM

The Tigers are reportedly interested in Jeromy Burnitz.

Detroit has been looking for a left-handed bat all season and Burnitz can probably be had cheaply.
Tue, Jun 13, 2006 09:34:00 AM

Back in right field after two days off, Jeromy Burnitz went 0-for-2 before being removed with tightness in his right calf.

Craig Wilson replaced him. The Pirates will face right-handers in their next two games, so Burnitz will probably play if healthy. If he calf is going to limit him for a few days, either Wilson or Jose Bautista will play right.
Sun, Jun 11, 2006 07:25:00 PM

Jeromy Burnitz was able to stay in Thursday's game after injuring his right leg in the fifth inning and finished with two doubles in three at-bats.

It was originally reported that Burnitz left the game because of an injury sustained while sliding into home. He was removed for a pinch-runner in the ninth inning, but it probably wasn't a case of the leg forcing him out of action. Because the Pirates had faced three straight lefties, Burnitz was making his first start in four days.
Thu, Jun 1, 2006 03:54:00 PM

Jeromy Burnitz went 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI in the Pirates' win over the Reds on Tuesday.

His first multihit game of the month. Burnitz had been 4-for-42 during May. Maybe he's about ready for a hot streak. He's still capable of contributing. He's just not going to be a quality regular for the Pirates over the course of the season.
Wed, May 17, 2006 12:26:00 AM

Jeromy Burnitz went 0-for-5 and failed to run out a grounder in the eighth inning of Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks.

Orlando Hudson bobbled the ball on the grounder, but he had plenty of time to recover. Burnitz is in a 1-for-23 slump that has dropped his average to .185. He should be benched for at least a day, but we doubt it will happen. Asked about Burnitz's lack of hustle, manager Jim Tracy said, "That wasn't why we lost the game."
Thu, May 11, 2006 12:02:00 AM

While the rest of the Pirates' top six hitters had two hits apiece on Friday night, Jeromy Burnitz went 0-for-3 with an intentional walk from the cleanup spot.

The walk worked out, though we'd still argue that it was a bad idea. Burnitz is hitting .209/.253/.372 in 86 at-bats, but he's still batting cleanup against right-handers. At least the Pirates didn't give him a multiyear deal. He'll probably bounce back in May, but batting average should be a problem all year long.
Fri, Apr 28, 2006 10:01:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Chris Stewart
3Tony Sanchez
1B1Travis Ishikawa
2Gaby Sanchez
2B1Neil Walker
2Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Clint Barmes
3B1Pedro Alvarez
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Jose Tabata
2Travis Snider
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Francisco Liriano
2Gerrit Cole
3Charlie Morton
4Wandy Rodriguez
5Edinson Volquez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jason Grilli
2Mark Melancon
3Tony Watson
4Justin Wilson
5Bryan Morris
6Stolmy Pimentel
7Jeanmar Gomez