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Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 110 of 981 players
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Jeromy Neal Burnitz
Born: April 15, 1969 at Westminster, Cal.
Throws: Right Bats: Left
Height: 6.00 Weight: 190

Jeromy Burnitz was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on July 15, 2003, February 2, 2005, July 14, 2007, June 6, 2010, November 7, 2011, November 28, 2011, and March 21, 2014.

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First Mets game: June 21, 1993
Last Mets game: July 13, 2003





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Mr. Sparkle
December 21, 2000
Here's a guy they definitely traded a year too early. He's been a big time player for Milwaukee while the three guys they got in exchange were mediocre at best. It would be great to have this guy back in right field. Bob Murphy used to say his name was properly pronounced "Burnetz" but I never ever heard anyone else pronounce it that way.

EG
February 14, 2001
Another Dallas Green blunder. Wouldn't be surprised to see him back on the Mets in 2001. Friendly with Ventura and played for Valentine in Triple A.

Great fastball hitter, excellent defensively, will never be a 300 hitter, but will drive in big runs.

Perfect lefty-power hitting rightfielder.

EG
March 18, 2001
Then again, maybe he'll just decide to take a two year, $20 million extension from the Brewers.

Anthony J Reccoppa
April 6, 2001
Another "great" NY Met Trade! Dallas, you really blew this one! That trade should go down in history with the Ryan/Fregosi deal, or the Dylstra/Samuel one. Thank goodness for free agency, for we might have a shot of letting this guy wear the blue pinstripes again.

Jared
August 19, 2001
Hmmm....did anyone not think that the Burnitz trade would not come back to bite us in the ass? Here's a guy who had amazing power and speed in the minors, actually joining the 30-30 club in Single A at one point before suffering a bad leg injury. Jeromy was in a few ways a lot like Preston Wilson. We nursed him through a few slow seasons in the minors but kept insisting he would be an All-Star once he made it, only to wind up trading him the year before he has a breakout season. All he needed was time to mature. It's just too freakin' bad that he's maturing somewhere else like Milwaukee. Would've easily been the power-hitting outfielder we've been missing these past few years.

murphy
November 29, 2001
If the big bat the Mets promise their fans for the 2002 season turns out to be Jeromy Burnitz, I'm going to drive down to Shea Stadium and have an absolute screaming fit that I want Steve Phillips and Fred Wilpon to hear at full volume. Jeromy Burnitz is NOT the answer. Some guy named Juan Gonzalez, who is YOUNGER than Burnitz, it sitting there for the taking. Let Burnitz and his 150 strikeouts be somebody else's problem.

If Burnitz is the best that Phillips and the Mets can do, I'm going to need some huge doses of Prozac.

kinerskorner
December 1, 2001
jeromy burnitz is the Mets' answer for rob deer. I believe the last time he hit a ball to left field was 1994.

James
January 9, 2002
Never got a real chance with the Mets, which is too bad because he can hit with power. He needs to cut down on the K's, though.

Greg
January 17, 2002
Please! Let's NOT get this guy back!!! Sure, he hits for some power, but his average is low, and he strikes out like Rob Deer. Eventhough I HATE Payton, Agbayani and the rest of our minor league outfield, Burnitz is not the answer.

Jujo
January 18, 2002
I see the Mets may be getting Burnitz back. Burnitz is an OK player, but not for $9 million a year. He is more of a centerpiece player whereas with the Mets he would expected to compliment the offense of Alomar, Pizza and Vaughn. He stikes out too much to maintain rallies-he is a slugger that is all or nothing. Burnitz is NOT the answer.

Mr. Sparkle
January 20, 2002
I have a soft spot for Burnitz being a former #1 draft pick for the Mets and plus he is pretty good. Zeile has no value to the Mets and they have to get rid of him somehow. Burmitz worries me because of the strikouts and the $11mil he'll make in 2003 but to get rid of Zeile (who I think is one of the most regular guys in all of sports) I think he's well worth it. Burnitz is not perfect but he may be our best option at rounding out the team right now.

NJTank99
January 22, 2002
Glad to see him coming back, trading him was one of the many moves that kept the Mets at the bottom of the League during the Dallas Green era.

murphy
May 23, 2002
Does Burnitz have a clue at the plate? It seems to me his entire approach to hitting is pray the pitch is a fastball, when you see the ball, close your eyes and swing as hard as you can. Maybe the bat will actually touch the ball. Worse than the strikeouts is the sheer number of pop ups that don't even reach the pitcher's mound. He has some of the ugliest at bats I've ever seen. I played with guys in junior high school that had a better idea how to hit than Burnitz.

Mr. Sparkle
May 24, 2002
Jeromy had a very good April and has disappeared in May. If he continues this way he'll have a worse year than Derek Bell had a few years ago. And just remember this, he'll make $10,000,000 or is it 11, in 2003. Maybe a strike wouldn't be so bad after all.

murphy
May 24, 2002
I like the comparison to Derek Bell, Mr. Sparkle. Now Burnitz just needs the puffy pants and a boat. What were the Padres thinking before the 2001 season when they agreed in principle to a trade sending Phil Nevin to Milwaukee for Burnitz? The Padres management must be thanking their fantastic fortunes that they couldn't come to a contract extension agreement with Burnitz.

1-DaWg
May 29, 2002
I agree with you all - before you can blink, it's 0-2 on this guy. Since he's SUCH a pull hitter, why is this guy constantly fooled on inside pitches? He takes more inside strikes than I've ever seen for someone who WANTS to hit the ball to rightfield! He then proceeds to take stickball swings at the next two pitches and is sent back to the bench.

He'd make a perfect softball player....he'll need a ball that size to actually make contact. Anyone have his agent's number, I may ask him to play in my fall league.

P.S. - If I hear Fran Healy comment on his "Jeromy Burnitz's violent swing" one more time, I'm liable to hang myself with a shoelace.

Shari
June 1, 2002
Batting .206 and worth his weight in strikeouts. I can't stand him already. Everytime he gets up to bat I get nauseaus. He's a dead pull hitter and anyone with half a brain can figure out what he's going to do if by some miracle he makes contact. I swear the Mets remind me of this old Twilight Zone where a bum finds a pair of shoes puts them on and leads the life of the shoes previous owner. No matter what decent player, or potential hall of famer we get they put on a Mets uniform and they end up having the career of the loser that preceeded them. Why can't we get the shoes the Braves and Yankees have been wearing?

Larry Burns
June 3, 2002
Of all the Mets off season aquisitions, I was against this guy from the start. A poor man's Dave Kingman. He is either feast or famine and usually he is the later. He is completely eaten up by a curveball away. He ONLY hits pitcher's mistakes. A good pitcher will always get him out. Another power hitter who will rarely, if ever, get a big hit.

Larry Burns
June 4, 2002
This guy is even worse than I thought. He is a complete pull hitter with no concept of the science of hitting. They put a huge switch on, put guys way over. What does he do? He tries to pull the ball. Does the word situational hitting mean anything? He'll kill us against the Braves.

Gilinfiji
June 5, 2002
Before yesterday's game, he entered with a batting average the price of an Ultimate Cheeseburger from Jack in the Box - a buck ninety-nine. Think we could get more for him than an Ultimate Cheeseburger if we tried to trade him? At least a small order of fries and a small drink if we're lucky.

Shari
June 12, 2002
OK, it's mid-June and he's batting .194 with 8 homers. What is going on with him? I know he wasn't this bad in Milwaukee. He was a .250 or .260 hitter for years. It's definitely time for Triple A, Jeromy you look like you're swinging with your eyes shut.

Mr. Sparkle
June 19, 2002
Jeromy is the only player I can think of that the Mets traded away too early and traded for too late. It seems like they've had him before and after his prime, but not during. For some stranger reason I still think he has some quality baseball left in him but he could be like the great Mets Howard Johnson and Keith Hernandez who, when it was over, it was over. Their talent disappeared overnight. I hope Jeromy is not the same.

Feat Fan
June 20, 2002
I don't know who is the ultimate loser here. Me, for picking Burnitz on my fantasy RBI pool, or, the METS who overspent and overstimated this free swingin' vet! C'mon JB, get going!

Gilinfiji
July 2, 2002
Last night I caught the last part of ESPN Classic's re- airing of Darryl Kile's 1993 no-hitter against the Mets, when he was an Astro. Up steps a much younger Jeromy Burnitz. What happened? Good morning, good afternoon and good night against three curve balls. As Yogi said, "it's deja vu all over again."

Shari
July 18, 2002
One of my neighbors calls him "No-Hits Burnitz" If he pops up one more time with a man in scoring position, I'm going to scream. He is so frustrating, words can't describe it. Hey Jeromy perhaps you should get your eyes checked-if you are wearing contacts it's time for a new perscription. People with cataracts see the ball better than you do.

STEVE B.
August 13, 2002
Sammy Sosa over his past two games has more rbi's than Burnitz has had in 11 weeks! His performance this season is hard to believe. It's almost impossible to be this bad, but he is! 22 rbi's in the first 20-something games, 15 over the last 90 or so games. Are you kidding me?

murphy
August 20, 2002
If the players go on strike, I hope it wipes out the 2003 season, too. That way, Jeromy Burnitz won't collect a penny of the $11.5 million left on his contract.

Dalkowski
October 9, 2002
What a bust this guy turned out to be! My friends and I actually thought he would be a star player and that it was a good trade. Turns out the guy can't even hit his own weight. You couldn't even get Mel Rojas for this guy now, JUST CUT HIM!

Shari
October 15, 2002
A bigger stiff next to Alomar one could not ask for. He stunk in 1994, and he's positively putrid now. He wasn't this bad in Milwaukee, at least there he hit around .250, and even .270. I would settle for .230 at this rate. That upper cut swing he has annoys me to no end, I don't even think he waits until he sees the ball. He reminds me of the batters in that Bugs Bunny cartoon where Bugs strikes out the side-ONE TWO THREE STRIKES YOU'RE OUT! I bet those words ring his head even during the off season.

Larry in Greenwich
November 27, 2002
Jeromy Burnitz was the worst first round pick in New York since Johnny Lam Jones. He can't field, and he can't hit.

Jim Snedeker
December 3, 2002
Let's give the guy a chance.

C'mon, JB, we all know how good you are. So you had an off-year. Dreadful, right? Big deal--it's in the past. Get some rest, and then let's start anew in 2003. You know what you need to do. We'll all give you a break once you start putting up your kind of numbers again.

Larry in Greenwich
December 5, 2002
We all know how good Jeromy Burnitz is. We saw it last year. He's terrible. He's the Blair Thomas of first-round picks. How long do you plan to wait for Burnitz to have a 35 home run season again? Eternity is a long time.

Chris from Chelsea
December 6, 2002
Looks to me like we gave him 479 chances (ABs) last year. He didn't exactly excel. Not exactly a small sample size, either.

Shari
December 7, 2002
After the year he had another team would would have to be nuts to take a chance on him, so I'm afraid we are stuck with him and his big fat contract. He's just another big money player that forgot how to play when they got to the Mets. How many of you out there want to bet Tom Glavine goes 10 and 13 with a 4.50 ERA as soon as he takes the mound as (Dare I say a Met)? I hope I'm dead wrong but remember I said it first.

None
January 2, 2003
I knew right from the beginning that trading for Burnitz was just plain stupid. After coming off a season where the Mets scored 2 runs a game, they didn't need a guy who strikes out 150+ times a season. Altough his power numbers were high, his batting average is extremely low, and he strikes out WAY TOO MUCH!

Etch 35
February 4, 2003
What a dismal season he had in 2002. It has to get better this year. If not, we only have to deal with him for for this, his last year under contract. I must say his glove and arm were not that bad, but then again, nothing is that bad when you compare it to Cedeno.

Give 'em hell Jeromy! Here's hoping the 30 HR, 100 RBI season I thought we'd get from you last year, comes about this year. I guess that's pretty doubtful but good luck anyway.

Ken Akerman
April 23, 2003
I was at a Brewers-Diamondbacks game at Bank One Ballpark on Sept. 25, 2001 when I saw both Jeromy Burnitz, then with the Brewers, and teammate Richie Sexson each hit three home runs in the same game, the first time in major league history that two players on the same team each hit three home runs in the same game.

Shari
April 24, 2003
Of course when he starts to prove himself a notch above completely useless he's hurt and out for 4-6 weeks. Now we all know he will probably come back and be lost at the plate again and bat about .215 like last year.

Frank Grimes
April 29, 2003
Considering he was only good in April last year, his decent start this year didn't sway me too much. But if he's out for 6 weeks, when he gets back in June he might still play like it's April so we should be able to squeeze one more month out of him.

Mike from Peter Cooper Village
June 17, 2003
After another two HR game today against the Angels, Jeromy has once again proven that he is quite the stud.

I know that Larry in Greenwich was so down on that guy in the off season, but he really is getting the job done, let's be honest about that.

I wonder if we can sign Jeromy to a decent contract for next year.

Shari
June 19, 2003
Well lets not jump the gun here and run to give him a contract next year-everyone knows that Jeromy always has a hot April, since he was out since early in the season we've been able to capitalize on his hot first month of the season hitting. He has cut down on that stupid upper cut swing of his, so perhaps it's possible that he's learned something. I think the jury is still out on him. Let's see how he finishes up the season and then I would decide whether or not to sign him again for next year.

MIKE IN THE COOP
June 26, 2003
When Buh-nitz came storming out of the dugout to go after Mota following the Piazza beaning in spring training, I instantly became huge fan. Not only will this guy throw down, he hits bombs and plays a good right field.

Dare I say it? Best player in New York.

Larry from Greenwich
July 1, 2003
Burnitz is terrible. I found it funny when Dave O'Brien asked Tom Seaver on Friday night during the Yankee game if Burnitz reminded him of Roger Maris, and Seaver with utter disbelief responded "Jeromy Burnitz? No."

Burnitz still can't field, and he still can't hit!

Shari
July 8, 2003
I was never a big fan of JEROMY-even the way he spells his name gets on my nerves, but I have to say he has worked hard and is having a good solid year and I totally repsect him for turning things around and working so hard. I never thought I'd be saying this, but he should be on his way to the All-Star game NOT Benitez.

rv4ever
July 15, 2003
This guy is a fighter - didn't let the NY media get to him in 2003 after they ripped him a new one in '02 - consummate professional. This organization is really testing my patience. I realize we are in fact rebuilding (no matter what Wilpon would lead us to believe) but I think that Jeromy's leadership on and off the field are vital to a young club. He's been having a great year and we should've held onto to him with dear life. I'm glad he's going to be contending but I can only hope we somehow get him back in uniform. This guy is meant to be a Met. Maybe our third shot at him will be the charm.

Shari
July 16, 2003
It's amazing how in just one year a player can go from Goat to Hero. In fine tradition the Mets have established they love to trade heroes to aquire goats. I'm not really against the trade though-Burnitz is 34 years old I think, and who knows what he will do next year. It was nice to watch him turn it completely around, and I hope he flourishes with the Dodgers. As I said before I have a lot of respect for the guy. There really was no reason to hang on to him this season though, at this point we are going nowhere fast, and they way he got himself on track I think he deserves to play on a team that has a shot at the play-offs. Good Luck Jeromy.

Choo Choo
July 16, 2003
Burnitz stated in the media that he was going to test the free agency market at the end of the year. It was a no brainer trading him. Him padding his 2003 stats was of no use to the Mets current situation. Better to get some prospects now, then get nothing after the season ends. If any one of the guys pan out, then it was a great trade. If not, then nothing lost, nothing gained.

To quote the Jerky Boys "So long, Nitz"

Metsmind
July 16, 2003
Once again Shari gets it right. Jeromy not only rebounded from last years horror show, but came back from the DL this year without missing a beat.

But the bottom line isnt so much that he wanted to test free agency, he wants to play in So California ( where he was born and lives) for the first time in his career.

He would not have re-signed here in NY, so trading him now was totally the right thing to do

Bay Ridge Mets
July 17, 2003
Good Bye Jeromy Burnitz. People may knock this guy, and the New York Post certainly did, but the fact of the matter is, Jeromy did a good job for the Mets. He really rebounded from a terrible season last year with a less than .220 avg, and less than 20 HR, and, despite some time on the DL, really did a great job this season. I think trading him was a good idea, but Mets fans should remember Jeromy as someone who really did a good job in orange and blue, didn't blame anyone but himself, and stood up to Dallas Green during his first stint. No.20 will be missed, along with his big apelike spastic swing.

Griff
July 20, 2003
Big-up to JB for turning it around this year. He busted his butt despite a horrible '02 and unlike many of his teammates, played like he actually gave a damn. Though he was too old and way too expensive to be feasible for a rebuilding team, I'll miss him. Hope he does well for the Dodgers. My one lasting memory of him will be his leading the dugout charge after Guillermo Mota in Spring Training. Just missed nailing that punk. Burnitz had serious fire. If only that spread to the rest of the team.

Griff
July 22, 2003
Watching the Cardinals-Dodgers game Sunday night, I realized I overlooked the irony of all ironies - Burnitz and Mota are now teammates. Both were on the field at the same time late in the game. How weird is that?

Mr. Sparkle
July 25, 2003
Jeromy is a likeable guy and a good team player as shown in his rush on the field to go after Guiliermo Mota after Mota hit Piazza. I haven't noticed him sending the bat into the stands at all this year like he did about 5 or 6 times last year. He has had a great comeback season but I'm glad he's gone. There's no way he would resign with the Mets and it appears we got some pretty decent players for him unlike the cast of losers we got for Benitez. Plus, I wouldn't want him back next year. I would be too afraid he would give us another 2002 and that is not worth the gamble.

Jonathan Stern
August 9, 2003
I would like to know what it was that Dallas Green found objectionable about Jeromy Burnitz. Was Dallas jealous of him? Was it that Burnitz prefers losing with a small market team to winning? Or was it that he's a big dummy?

Anyone?

In a perfect world, Burnitz would have spent his entire career in Milwaukee. And only four sausages would have attended his Brewers Hall of Fame ceremony!

Kiwiwriter
June 28, 2004
Traded away a year too early, re-acquired a year too late.

At least he stood up to that blustering bully, Dallas Green, and popped his balloon.

Dougie
November 15, 2005
Living in North Carolina, we see the Norfolk Tides AAA team a couple times each year and Jeromy was as big of a fan favorite as they've had. Butch Huskey is the only player that's rivaled him. I met him during one of their "take your photo with a player" on-field promotions before a game in 1994 or so and he was quite a cool guy despite so many photo requests. I still have the picture of Burnitz and me in my home. Aside from 2002 he went on to have an impressive career.

Jamey Bumbalo
October 22, 2006
Yet another guy who did all right elsewhere and then was a bust with the Mets. With Carlos Delgado appearing in the playoffs with the Mets this year, Burnitz is now the longest playing active major leaguer not to have played in the postseason.

DanMan Mets Fan 69 86
July 21, 2007
Not good in 2002 or 2003. Always booed every time he came up. Led the Mets with 6 IBBs. We got Diaz for him when we traded him. Never liked him. AA players were better than him.

kirk b
May 25, 2008
First game I ever went to he hit a home run in a losing effort. Love him. Played hard, good guy. Always threw the ball straight into the ground. Kings fell to their needs and oceans boiled. Bring him back.

One of Kiner's Corners
February 16, 2009
I'll never forget something Ralph Kiner said about Burnitz which was startling! Kiner said, "If Burnitz were a minor leaguer, he'd be sent down at least to AA (if not, below THAT)! Burnitz was hitting .184 at that time (in July 2002) and this statement said a lot!!

agee_of_aquarius
October 19, 2009
He swung from the heels no matter what the count, and had no sense of the strike zone. Smart pitchers would toy with him like a cat plays with a wounded sparrow.

Travis Dowdy
May 12, 2010
Jeromy was a great guy and played for the fans. I remember one game that was meaningless for the standings in AAA, Jeromy was asked by a fan to hit a HR for him. He replied "I'm either going to hit a HR or strike out." He ended up swinging and missing on 3 straight pitches and came back to the fan on the way back and said "Told ya!" and chuckled and went back to the dugout.

He was also a fierce competitor. After a game where he left the bases loaded in the 9th inning of a 1 or 2 run loss, he was in the parking lot afterwards, so mad at himself that everyone thought he was going to bash in his windshield. He had the type of fire in him that the Mets have lacked for a long time.

Jonathan Stern
April 20, 2012
I'm just going to say that I feel I was too hard on Jeromy Burnitz in my first entry on him and I am sorry about it. Recently, Burnitz took the trouble to appear on an SNY show (it may have been Mets Weekly) and said that he had nothing against Mets fans, felt bad that he did not play well for them, and that since life has treated him well, he has no complaints. For whatever reason, he was not good for us, but he seems like a good guy.









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