Chris Burke

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Christopher Allen Burke

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Utility man Chris Burke's one shining moment in MLB came when he struck an 18th-inning walk-off home run in Game 4 of the 2005 NLDS against the Atlanta Braves to send the Houston Astros to the NLCS. Ordinarily a utility man, his 2-for-3 (both XBH) in the LDS bought him 20 at bats in the 2005 NLCS, where he hit 6-for-20 with a triple, home run and 3 RBI as the Astros marched to their first World Series. There, Chris was a non-factor (0-for-5, run scored) in a series sweep by the Chicago White Sox.

Burke was the seventh player in history to hit a walk-off home run that ended a postseason series:

Signed by scout Danny Watkins as a first rounder in the 2001 amateur draft out of the University of Tennessee, Chris reached the big leagues in 2004 and enjoyed his finest season playing all over the diamond in 2006, batting .276/.347/.418 in 123 games and 366 at bats. He struggled the next year and slid out of the big leagues after 32 games with the San Diego Padres in 2009.

He later turned to announcing, contributing on the microphone at the 2012, 2014 and 2017 CWS Regionals, the 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2021 CWS Super Regionals and the 2017, 2018, and 2021 College World Series for ESPN. He also worked the 2015 Little League World Series, also on ESPN.

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