Tenure with the Arizona Diamondbacks
|Bridgeport Bluefish – No. 11|
September 12, 1980 |
|Bats: Left||Throws: Right|
|April 2, 2002 for the San Diego Padres|
(through 2012 season)
|Runs batted in||143|
|Olympic medal record|
|Competitor for the United States|
|Gold||2000 Sydney||Team competition|
Sean Patrick Burroughs (born September 12, 1980) is an American professional baseball third baseman who is currently with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He has previously played in Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Arizona Diamondbacks and Minnesota Twins.
Burroughs, who stands 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighs 195 pounds (88 kg), bats left-handed and throws right-handed. He is the son of former major-leaguer Jeff Burroughs.
Burroughs is the son of former major leaguer Jeff Burroughs. He starred in the Little League World Series as a pitcher when he was growing up in Long Beach, California, winning the championship in 1992 and 1993. Burroughs made waves in the media for his precociousness following the titles, telling David Letterman on his show that he wanted to be a gynecologist when he grew up.. He is also the only player to throw back to back no-hitters in the Little League World Series.
San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres selected Burroughs in the first round, with the ninth overall selection, of the 1998 MLB Draft. Burroughs declined a scholarship offer to the University of Southern California to accept the Padres' contract offer.
He first joined the San Diego Padres major league team in 2002. Burroughs hit a game-winning single in the first game played at San Diego's PETCO Park and a near-division clinching double off San Francisco's Armando Benítez in 2005.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Burroughs career fell apart during the 2006 season, after being traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in exchange for Dewon Brazelton. Burroughs would bat just .190 in limited playing time before being optioned to the Durham Bulls, Tampa Bay's Triple-A affiliate. Burroughs was designated for assignment on June 22, ending his tenure with the Devil Rays franchise.
On December 24, 2006, Burroughs signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners, but was released on June 15, 2007, less than halfway through the season.
Out of Baseball
Burroughs struggled with injuries after a collision at second base at Dodger Stadium, culminating in a period in which he was out of baseball. As a result he did not play baseball at all from 2008-2010. He had a comeback with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011.
On November 22, 2010, Burroughs signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He had his contract purchased by Arizona on May 18, 2011, after four seasons out of the major leagues. He was placed on waivers on June 19, after hitting .261 for Arizona and outrighted to the minor leagues. After third baseman Melvin Mora was released, Burroughs was promoted back to Arizona on July 1, 2011 where he returned to the starting line-up. He had some key hits which helped the team reach the playoffs. He declared free agency on October 21.
Los Angeles Dodgers
- Sean Burroughs returns to majors with Diamondbacks, NBC Sports, May 18, 2011.
- Mennella, Dan. "Diamondbacks Waive Sean Burroughs". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
- Towers & Putz quotes; Burroughs/Mora/Wily Mo AzCentral
- Axisa, Mike (October 6, 2012). "Minor Moves: 28 Players Elect Free Agency".
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Sports Reference