Jamie Burke awesomeness
First, I’m surprised that Jamie Burke never changed his name to Jamie Molina to increase his defensive reputation and chances of getting a major league job.
But that’s not what I’m writing about. If you look at Burke’s 1999 line, you’ll see something interesting:
1999: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K.
In 1999, the Edmonton Trappers were the Angels AAA affiliate, facing the Rainiers. When the Trappers threw Burke to the mound in the 11th (12th?) inning of a tied game, they thought it was over. But Burke pounded the plate, the Rainiers couldn’t get anything done and three innings later, he got the win.
The only press hit I’ve found was the LA Times, which said “Besides Fyhrie, the best pitcher lately has been utility infielder Jamie Burke, 27, who threw three scoreless innings in a mop-up role, striking out three and registering 89 mph on the radar gun.” (May 18, 1999, p 8)
I’ve been trying to find a good game story or box score to post here, but the Tacoma News Tribune’s archives are pay-only, and I can’t find anything from the Edmonton side. I was hoping I’d be able to say that Ryan Franklin took the loss, so I could say “Jamie Burke out-dueled Ryan Franklin” but it was just as likely Sean Spencer or Rafael Carmona.
Anyway, I’m really hoping someone gets a chance to ask him about this, so we can find out if Raul Ibanez went up against him that late night.