Friday, July 11, 2014

#249 Tim Burke

About the Front: Tim Burke is dressed all in navy from the waist up and posing in front of a shadowy dugout. Is this the darkest picture in the set?

About the Back: Good for the Burkes! I have friends who are in the process of an international adoption and I can't believe how much bureaucratic red tape they've had to endure. You'd have to be really determined and patient to go through the process three times.

Triple Play:

1. After Jeff Reardon's departure, Tim led Montreal in saves for four straight seasons (1987-1990). He still ranks sixth in franchise history with 101 saves, and leads all Expos/Nationals in games pitched with 425.

2. He was an All-Star in 1989, and tossed two scoreless innings for the National League. That game coincidentally took place 25 years ago today!

3. Burke started only two games in his career, both in August of 1986. He totaled 12 innings, allowing a single run and striking out 11 while issuing one walk. I'm kind of surprised that he didn't get more of a chance to start.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: It always looked to me like Tim was in mid-sentence while this picture was snapped. Was he asking the photographer where he or she was from? Or just telling them to hurry up and snap the photo?

Bill James Said: Nothing. Burke signed with the Reds as a free agent after the 1992 season, but promptly retired to help raise his children.

On This Date in 1993: July 11. These are the standings as MLB heads into the All-Star break. The division leaders are Toronto (49-40, 0.5 games ahead of Detroit), the White Sox (45-41, 1.0 GA of Texas and Kansas City), Philadelphia (57-32, 5.0 GA of St. Louis), and San Francisco (59-30, 9.0 GA of Atlanta).


  1. I never liked Burke because of how terrible he was with the Mets. Learning he retired to help raise his adopted kids makes me like him and hate myself.

  2. Hey, if nothing else, I'm glad that I could make you feel bad about yourself.