Chris Burke Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 17 Aug, 2020
Facts of Chris Burke
Date of Birth: 1980 , March-11
Age: 40 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Name Chris Burke
Birth Name Christopher Alan Burke
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Profession Former Baseball Player
Working For ESPN
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Brown
Education St. Albert the Great Elementary School, St. Xavier High School, University of Tennessee
Online Presence Twitter
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Chris Burke is an American former Major League Baseball player turned baseball analyst. He played professionally for the Houston Astros, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the San Diego Padres. After his retirement in 2009, Burke became a baseball analyst and works as a baseball live event and studio analyst for ESPN and SEC Network, 

How Old is Chris Burke? Age, Early Life & Education

Chris Burke was born Christopher Alan Burke on March 11, 1980, in Louisville, Kentucky.

The now-40-year-old attended St. Albert the Great Elementary School and St. Xavier High School, both in Louisville, Kentucky. He went on to attend the University of Tennessee. All throughout his academic life, Burke played baseball. 

During his time at the University of Tennessee, he was named to three All-America teams. He was a two-time First Team All-America -- being selected as a 2nd team All-American at second base as a freshman in 1999 and as a 3rd team All-American in 2000. In addition, he was named to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) team at second base, winning the consensus SEC Player of the Year in 2001.

Career

Baseball Career

Chris Burke was drafted by the Houston Astros in the first round and 10th overall at the 2001 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft. He was a baseball prodigy and won many distinctions including Round Rock's Team MVP and being named to the Texas League All-Star in 2003. In 2004, he was named the New Orleans Zephyrs' team MVP and the Pacific Coast League Rookie of the Year. He was also named to the All-PCL and AAA All-Star teams.

Chris Burke playing for the Houston Astros SOURCE: Getty Images

Burke made his Major League Baseball debut with the Astros in July 2004 against the Texas Rangers and scored his first Major League hit with a pinch-hit single in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

He spent three seasons with the Astros before being traded off to the Arizona Diamondbacks on December 14, 2007. He was not drafted during the 2008 MLB draft and remained a free agent during 2008 and 2009.

He signed a minor-league contract with the San Diego Padres in January 2009 and after failing to make the team in time for Spring Training, he was traded off to the Seattle Mariners. He finally settled upon a Major League contract with the Padres in August 2009.

He floundered in his final years and signed minor-league deals with the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds in late 2009. 

Career Post-Retirement

Burke played his final season with the Cincinnati Reds and officially retired in 2009. After retiring, Burke became a baseball analyst and joined ESPN as a contributor. He currently provides insight and analysis on baseball live events and is a studio analyst for ESPN and SEC Network. He covers all events ranging from college games to professional games including the College World Series and Little League World Series.       

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