Monday, August 27, 2007

John Burkett
John David Burkett (born November 28, 1964 in New Brighton, Pennsylvania) is a retired major league pitcher. He went 166-136 with a 4.31 ERA in 15-year Major League career with the San Francisco Giants, Florida Marlins, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox. His best season came in 1993 when he went 22-7 with a 3.65 ERA for the Giants. Burkett was a National League All-Star in 1993 and 2001, and he retired following the 2003 season after going 12-9 with the Red Sox at age 38. He was known as "Sheets" in the Red Sox clubhouse because of his betting and organizing pools for games in the National Football League. According to teammate Johnny Damon, "We never bet on baseball."
John is also a part-time professional bowler, and has 12 perfect games to his credit.

San Francisco Giants (1987, 1990-1994)
Florida Marlins (1995-1996)
Texas Rangers (1996-1999)
Atlanta Braves (2000-2001)
Boston Red Sox (2002-2003)
All-Star (NL): 1993, 2001
Led the N.L. in wins with 22 in 1993

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