The Pirates whacked a mess of dingers in their 15-2 win in Philadelphia, but none quite so on-demand as Andrew McCutchen’s. Former Pirate (and Phillie) A.J. Burnett visited the Bucs’ clubhouse before the game, and, like a dying child, he had a request for his favorite slugger.
A.J. Burnett will rejoin the Pirates, signing a one-year deal that will pay him $8.5 million. Getting that figure is crucial, because now we can put an exact dollar amount on Burnett's desire to get out of Philadelphia and back to Pittsburgh.
He did it back on Opening Day in Pittsburgh, and he did it again during the fourth inning yesterday afternoon in Chicago, in his first start since he came off the DL. Grounds crews around MLB are hereby advised to be on the alert.
All fans who
bother to show for Reds-Pirates tomorrow night will receive this handsome A.J. Burnett T-shirt. Need any more of an incentive? How about this promo featuring A.J. Burnett wearing the shirt, which the gang at Getting Blanked kindly gif'd for everyone. Yeah. That ought to get the good folks in Pittsburgh…
Burnett fractured his orbital bone when this happened on Wednesday, and he had to have surgery this morning. Best-case scenario has him out of the rotation until early May, which means Erik Bedard will likely be the Bucs' Opening Day starter. It's only been a few weeks since the trade, but it's already like Burnett…
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle's affection for the bunt is such that he once had his cleanup hitter do it last season with the go-ahead run on first—and in a game in which that cleanup hitter already had two hits. Hurdle holds an annual bunting tournament in spring training, and yesterday, this is what happened to the…
There's still a month before the season begins, and already the Yankees have been able to replace A.J. Burnett's value to the team. No, it's not a WAR-level replacement player. Ha! That's a good joke. I wish I'd thought of it.
Yes! Yes, you should be scared of the Yankees in 2012. Terrified, probably. Because a pair of big moves made their biggest problem—35-year-old A.J. Burnett, who is owed $33 million over the next two years—essentially disappear. No more hanging knucklecurves in big games, no more walks, no more hits, no more 5.15 ERA.…
Sam Miller of the Orange County Register tweeted this last night, and it's kind of amazing. (Ignore his mention of Jered Weaver.) Tonight's scaring-everyone-shitless Yankees starter A.J. Burnett's xFIP (expected Fielding-Independent Pitching) was 3.86 this year. xFIP is on a scale roughly equivalent to ERA, and AJ's…
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Burnett actually has pretty good career numbers against Texas's lineup. Of course, Burnett also used to be pretty good. One thing's for sure: the 2002 Niners-Giants Wild Card game on ESPN2 will get better ratings.
Elsewhere, A.J. Burnett hits two batters in a Yankees' simulation game. Here's your evening update on the NLCS/ALCS pitching rotations.
Athletes like to be comfortable when they watch "300" or "Gladiator" for the 10,000th time. Burnett's absurdly extravagant home theater was selected as one of the best, according to Electronic House magazine. [EH]
The fears about his elbow disintegrating into a pile of bony ash midway through the season are set aside for now. Burnett flirted with a no-no, flummoxed the Rays, wins 7-2. [NYT]
"Free agent right-hander A.J. Burnett has reached preliminary agreement on a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the New York Yankees, a baseball source told ESPN.com." [ESPN]