Cooperstown Choices: Jeromy Burnitz

With the Hall Of Fame election announcement coming on January 9, 2012, it is time to review the ballot, go over the names, and decide who belongs in the Hall Of Fame.

There are twenty seven men on the ballot this year and we will take a look at each one individually prior to official announcements. You can find all of the profiles in the I-70 Baseball Exclusives: Cooperstown Choices 2012 menu at the top of the page.

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In this article, we take a look at Jeromy Burnitz.

Jeromy Burnitz
Burnitz started his relatively short 14 year career started in 1993 as a member of the New York Mets and concluded in 2006 as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In the middle of that, he spent six years as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, where he will be remembered most.

Year Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1993 NYM 86 263 49 64 10 6 13 38 3 38 66 .243 .339 .475 .814 117
1994 NYM 45 143 26 34 4 0 3 15 1 23 45 .238 .347 .329 .676 79
1995 CLE 9 7 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .571 .571 .714 1.286 232
1996 TOT 94 200 38 53 14 0 9 40 4 33 47 .265 .377 .470 .847 112
1996 CLE 71 128 30 36 10 0 7 26 2 25 31 .281 .406 .523 .930 135
1996 MIL 23 72 8 17 4 0 2 14 2 8 16 .236 .321 .375 .696 73
1997 MIL 153 494 85 139 37 8 27 85 20 75 111 .281 .382 .553 .934 140
1998 MIL 161 609 92 160 28 1 38 125 7 70 158 .263 .339 .499 .838 118
1999 MIL 130 467 87 126 33 2 33 103 7 91 124 .270 .402 .561 .963 142
2000 MIL 161 564 91 131 29 2 31 98 6 99 121 .232 .356 .456 .811 106
2001 MIL 154 562 104 141 32 4 34 100 0 80 150 .251 .347 .504 .851 118
2002 NYM 154 479 65 103 15 0 19 54 10 58 135 .215 .311 .365 .677 80
2003 TOT 126 464 63 111 22 0 31 77 5 35 112 .239 .299 .487 .786 105
2003 NYM 65 234 38 64 18 0 18 45 1 21 55 .274 .344 .581 .925 139
2003 LAD 61 230 25 47 4 0 13 32 4 14 57 .204 .252 .391 .643 69
2004 COL 150 540 94 153 30 4 37 110 5 58 124 .283 .356 .559 .916 121
2005 CHC 160 605 84 156 31 2 24 87 5 57 109 .258 .322 .435 .757 94
2006 PIT 111 313 35 72 12 0 16 49 1 22 74 .230 .289 .422 .711 81
14 Seasons 1694 5710 917 1447 298 29 315 981 74 739 1376 .253 .345 .481 .826 111
162 Game Avg. 162 546 88 138 28 3 30 94 7 71 132 .253 .345 .481 .826 111
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
MIL (6 yrs) 782 2768 467 714 163 17 165 525 42 423 680 .258 .362 .508 .870 122
NYM (4 yrs) 350 1119 178 265 47 6 53 152 15 140 301 .237 .329 .432 .761 101
CLE (2 yrs) 80 135 34 40 11 0 7 26 2 25 31 .296 .414 .533 .947 139
COL (1 yr) 150 540 94 153 30 4 37 110 5 58 124 .283 .356 .559 .916 121
PIT (1 yr) 111 313 35 72 12 0 16 49 1 22 74 .230 .289 .422 .711 81
LAD (1 yr) 61 230 25 47 4 0 13 32 4 14 57 .204 .252 .391 .643 69
CHC (1 yr) 160 605 84 156 31 2 24 87 5 57 109 .258 .322 .435 .757 94
NL (11 yrs) 1438 5009 790 1251 246 21 279 856 50 631 1218 .250 .339 .474 .814 108
AL (3 yrs) 256 701 127 196 52 8 36 125 24 108 158 .280 .382 .531 .912 133
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/15/2011.

Why He Should Get In
His power numbers are respectable with 315 home runs and 298 doubles to go with 981 runs batted in. He had three top 25 finishes for the Most Valuable Player Award (1997, 1998, 2004), a single All Star Game appearance (1999) and an .826 career OPS (On Base Plus Slugging Percentage).

Why He Should Not Get In
Burnitz had a good career, not a great one. Despite average power numbers, he only posted a .253 lifetime batting average, failed to reach even 1,500 hits (1,447) and did not earn a Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, or any other award during his career. A longer career with some more production and his numbers would look much different, but his career is what it is: respectable but not Cooperstown worthy.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball as well as the Assignment Editor for BaseballDigest.com.
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