Archive for Monday, May 6, 2002

Burks needs homer at Safeco

May 6, 2002


Cleveland's Ellis Burks is the first player to homer in 40 parks, and he isn't finished. Burks got to 40 April 27 when he homered at The Ballpark In Arlington.

There are three parks where Burks has yet to homer, two in the NL Milwaukee's Miller Park and Pittsburgh's PNC Park. The AL yard Burks needs to collect is Seattle's Safeco Field.

"I hit one there last year in the playoffs, but that doesn't count," said Burks, who broke a tie with Cubs first baseman Fred McGriff and Mark McGwire.

McGriff has a chance to pass Burks because all four parks in which he has yet to homer are in the NL Miller Park, PNC, Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix and Pac Bell Park in San Francisco.

Burks' first home run was in Seattle's Kingdome, one of 13 parks in which he homered that are no longer in use. Denver's Coors Field, is where he has homered most often (57).

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