Jeff Burroughs

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Jeffrey Alan Burroughs

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jeff Burroughs, who played 16 years in the major leagues, is most famous as the 1974 American League MVP. He also led the National League in on-base percentage in 1978.

Jeff was born in Long Beach, CA, and attended high school and college there. Bobby Grich, born two years earlier, attended the same high school as Jeff. Drafted by the Washington Senators with the first overall pick in the 1969 amateur draft, he played in the minors from 1969 to 1972, showing power each year. Most of that time (1970-1972) was spent at AAA with the Denver Bears. When he signed with the Senators, he reportedly had a clause put in his contract that no matter what, his parents were not to get any of his money under any circumstances.

Beginning in 1970 at age 19, he spent part of each season at the major league level. With the Senators in 1971 he had over 200 plate appearances, posting an OPS+ of 99. He finally became a regular in 1973, after the team had become the Texas Rangers and hit 30 home runs.

After his MVP season in 1974, he had some other notable years. In 1975 his 29 home runs were fifth in the American League, although he was also the league leader in strikeouts. In 1977, after being traded to the Atlanta Braves in return for five players, he was second in the National League with 41 home runs, behind George Foster, who hit 52 that year. In 1978, he led the NL in walks and OBP, hitting .301 for the second time in his career.

In the last seven years of his major league career, he never had as many as 500 at-bats in a season, maxing at 401 in 1983, when he was a member of the Oakland Athletics.

The similarity scores method shows the most similar player through 2006 as John Mayberry.

He is the father of Sean Burroughs and coached for Sean's team in the 1992 Little League World Series and 1993 Little League World Series; they were the first US team to win back-to-back titles. Chase Utley's official site [1] says that Jeff was his manager when Chase played Little League Baseball in Long Beach.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 2-time All-Star (1974 & 1978)
  • AL MVP (1974)
  • NL On-Base Percentage Leader (1978)
  • AL RBI Leader (1974)
  • NL Bases on Balls Leader (1978)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 5 (1973-1975, 1977 & 1978)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1973 & 1977)
  • 40-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1977)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 2 (1974 & 1977)

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