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Pat Burrell - remember him? - retires

Pat Burrell, who starred elsewhere but failed miserably as a Ray, retired on Monday.

Burrell, 35, was hobbled by a foot injury last season with the Giants.

He starred during most of his nine seasons in Philadelphia, including delivering the key hit - a double off J.P. Howell - in the decisive fifth game of the 2008 World Series win over the Rays.

He then signed a hefty free agent deal with the Rays, $16-million over two years, and struggled mightily in the DH role he signed up for, hitting just .218 with 16 homers and 77 RBIs, and getting released six weeks into his second season.

Making it worse from the Rays perspective, he signed on with his hometown Giants and starred again, leading them to the 2010 World Series and winning a second ring. (Which led to this unique distinction: He has more World Series rings than hits, as the double off Howell was his only in a 1-for-27, 16-strike-out performance.)

"I wish he had one less title,'' Howell said Monday. "But good for him having a great career and two rings.''

Posted by Marc Topkin at 7:02:02 pm on January 30, 2012