Jeromy Burnitz, best known to Dodger fans for hitting home runs against the Dodgers and then not hitting home runs for the Dodgers, has announced his retirement. Jerry Crasnick at ESPN.com brings us this hot story:
Jeromy Burnitz, who hit 315 home runs in a 14-year career with the New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers and five other clubs, has decided to retire, his agent said.
Burnitz, 37, hit a disappointing .230 with 16 home runs in 313 at-bats for the Pittsburgh Pirates in his final season. He became a free agent in November when the Pirates declined a $6 million option for 2007 and paid him a $700,000 buyout.
Agent Howard Simon said Burnitz had contemplated retirement for the past two or three seasons, only to return to play each time. Burnitz did not receive any offers this offseason.
"When it came down to it [in past seasons], he wasn't quite ready to do it," Simon said. "I thought the same thing might happen this time around, but he's made up his mind to call it quits for sure."
Ah, that explains it. We got the "so busy contemplating retirement he had no time to hit" version of Burnitz. Good to know!
Burnitz's departure from the league leaves Andruw Jones as the front runner for the "player with conventional first name spelled non-traditionally" award.