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Tim Burke

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Timothy Philip Burke

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tim Burke was an All-Big Eight baseball player three years in a row at the University of Nebraska. He went 11-8 with a 3.49 ERA and 2 saves for the Indianapolis Indians in 1984, playing for his future big league manager, Buck Rodgers. He made the Montreal Expos' staff as the team's 10th pitcher in spring training of 1985, then went on to tie the Major League record for most appearances by a rookie with 78. During that year, he put together a streak of 20 2/3 scoreless innings from June 15 to July 14. He was the set-up man for Jeff Reardon during his first two seasons In Montreal, and took over the closer's job when Reardon was traded to the Minnesota Twins after the 1986 season.

He had an unusual pitching motion as he started his wind-up with the ball in his glove. He would then pick it up with his pitching hand when his arms joined together about waist high, and would proceed to throw, all without pausing.

He is still the franchise leader for the Expos/Washington Nationals with 425 games pitched.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL All-Star (1989)
  • NL Games Pitched Leader (1985)

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