Pokes in the Pros - Jeromy Burnitz

At age 35, former OSU outfielder Jeromy Burnitz is on his way to his best season of a very fine major league career.

Burnitz has revived his career with the Colorado Rockies after signing as a free agent during the winter. He is batting .303 with 31 homers and 85 RBIs (through Aug. 11).

This is the sixth time Burnitz has reached 30 homers in a season. He has achieved 100 RBIs three times. Burnitz was the Milwaukee Brewers' MVP in 1998-99.

But except for the first half of 2003, Burnitz struggled for most of the previous three seasons before coming to Colorado.

From 1988-90, Burnitz played for OSU. His best season came as a freshman when he batted .403 with 15 homers and 57 RBIs in 55 games.

As a sophomore in '89, Burnitz batted .311 with 17 homers and 63 RBIs. He capped the year by being named to the NCAA Tournament All-Regional team at Austin, where he batted .600, including a game-winning homer in the opener against Sam Houston State.

After helping OSU reach the College World Series championship game in 1990, Burnitz signed with the New York Mets, who made him their first-round selection, 17th overall.

Burnitz reached the majors with the Mets in 1993-94. He also has played for Cleveland (1995-96), Milwaukee (1997-2001), Mets (2002-03) and Los Angeles (2003).

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