Jeremy Burnitz meanwhile was hardly the player they had seen at Double-A Williamsport when he hit 16 2B, 10 3B, 31 HR, 31 SB, 85 RBI's and a .225 with 127 K's. Burnitz had become well known for his extremely powerful but "all or nothing" bat. Burnitz was the epitome of what Mets broadcaster has called a man of "3 outcomes"... either HR, W or K in every at bat. In Tidewater Burnitz would bring up his batting average a bit but the spacious ballpark kept his power down to 21 2B, 8 HR and 40 RBI's with a .243 though his speed was still good with 30 SB. When the Mets called him up he continued down that same path hitting .243 with 114 HR in 306 AB with 66 K's. Of course the Mets would give up on him and he would become a star elsewhere. In 1994 he was traded to Cleveland for Paul Byrd, future Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto and Dave Mlicki. It was a decent deal at the time as all 3 pitchers would be a strong part of the Mets rotation and bullpen. As for Burnitz... his "man of 3 outcomes" reputation followed him and he didn't get the respect he deserved once he got traded to Milwaukee where he exploded in Miller Park. 1997 saw Jeremy Burnitz hit 37 2B, 27 HR, 85 RBI's, 20 SB and hit a very impressive .281 with only 111 K's on the season. He looked disciplined and had turned the corner. Still... he didn't get an All-Star nod and he should have as he was a 20-20 player. He came back in 1998 to slam a whopping 38 HR with 125 RBI's and bat .263 but again was ignored for the All-Star team as his Strikeouts began to rise again to 158. Finally in 1999 Burnitz hit 33 2B, 33 HR, 103 RBI's and batted .270 to finally make his one and only All-Star appearance. Burnitz however began to lose that batting average in 2000 dropping to .232 but still hitting 31 HR and 98 RBI's. By 2001 he hit .251 with 32 2B, 34 HR and 100 RBI's and his strikeouts were back up to 150. He re-joined the Mets finally in 2002 but only hit .215 with 19 HR. The Mets were great at sending away players on the "upside of the curve" and bringing back players after his best years seemed behind them on the "downside of the curve". Burnitz wasn't done however. In 2004 the Colorado Rockies placed him at Coors Field and set this power-man loose where he hit 37 HR, 110 RBIs and batted a fine .283 with a somewhat better 124 K's. Still... Burnitz never got past that stigma and again was given just the single All-Star appearance in 1999. Looking at his statistics, Jeremy should have been a 6 time All-Star as he was always in near the top of the league in HR and RBI's but was overlooked even when he kept his batting average and strikeouts in check.