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2002 Topps Heritage #67 Ellis Burks

Ellis Rena Burks

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Ellis Burks hit 352 home runs in an 18-year career. Although he became most famous for his hitting with the Colorado Rockies, he was not one of those Rockies who could only hit in Coors Field; Burks was a valuable player for the Boston Red Sox in the first six years of his career, then was a regular on the 1993 Chicago White Sox that won the division, and after his Rockies days hit 31 home runs with the San Francisco Giants in 1999 and hit 32 home runs with the Cleveland Indians in 2002.

Burks was signed as a 1st round pick in the 1983 amateur draft by the Boston Red Sox and scout Danny Doyle. He debuted in 1987, won a Gold Glove in 1990, and had good range in the outfield in the first half of his career. He was named to the All Star team twice, and was third in the MVP voting in 1996. His best years were probably in 1994, when he slugged .678 in Colorado, and in 2000, when he slugged .606 in San Francisco.

Of all the players who have never won a postseason series, Burks and Rafael Furcal hold the record for the most seasons in the playoffs as each has gone 0-6 in postseason series, through 2006 (he did however win a World Series Ring with the 2004 Boston Red Sox).

Burks currently works in the front office of the Indians. He is a cousin of Roosevelt Brown.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 1987 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
  • 2-time All-Star (1990 & 1996)
  • AL Gold Glove Winner (1990)
  • 2-time Silver Slugger Award Winner (1990/AL & 1996/NL)
  • NL Slugging Percentage Leader (1996)
  • NL Runs Scored Leader (1996)
  • NL Total Bases Leader (1996)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 9 (1987, 1990 & 1996-2002)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 4 (1996, 1997, 1999 & 2002)
  • 40-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1996)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (1996)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1996)
  • 200 Hits Seasons: 1 (1996)
  • Won a World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2004 (he did not play in the World Series)

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