Sports Spectrum Draft Special

NEW PODCAST: Tim Burke, Former MLB Pitcher

THIS IS EPISODE 361 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST

Tim Burke pitched for eight seasons in the major leagues from 1985 to 1992. He was selected in the second round of the 1980 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, and was traded four times in his MLB career.

He made his MLB debut in April 1985 with the Montreal Expos, and pitched for seven seasons in Montreal before getting traded to the Mets in 1991, and then to the Yankees in 1992. He retired from pro baseball after spring training in 1993.

Burke’s best MLB season came in 1989, when he went 9-3 with 28 saves and a 2.55 ERA, leading to his lone trip to the All-Star Game.

Since retiring, Burke has spent time raising his four adopted kids, and entered into the world of pro hockey ministry to share and equip NHL players in their walk with God.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Burke about his pro baseball journey, the story of pitching in the 1989 All-Star Game and then adopting his child in Guatemala, coming to faith in Christ as a minor leaguer, and how God has redeemed his life after bouts with heavy drinking, depression, a broken marriage, and a difficult season of parenting.

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