A Little Background…

First and foremost, welcome to my blog site.  I figured that I should give a little background on who I am, where I came from and where I am today.  So….

My name is Greg Burke and I am currently in the San Diego Padres organization.  I am originally from Bellmawr, NJ and recently have relocated to the suburbs of Baltimore.  I attended Duke University and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a certificate in Markets & Management.  Duke was awesome!  It was a fantastic experience and I am forever grateful for the opportunity that I was given to attend the university and complete my degree. 

I took the road less traveled by most professional baseball players.  Fortunately, I tore my elbow (UCL) during my sophomore year at school and had to have surgery, which in turn, led to a year missed and a 5-year collegiate career.  I say fortunate because the time I had to rehab and get back on the mound (about 1 1/2 yrs) after surgery allowed me to refine my mechanics and improve my physical health, which wouldn’t have happened if I did not tear my ligament.  When I look back, it took me about 3 years post surgery to fully get my velocity and command back.  If you do the math, that means I didn’t get back to 100% until my “super senior” (red-shirt senior) year.  So, that led to me not getting drafted (although I had some looks) and ending up signing a 1 year contract with the Atlantic City Surf of the Atlantic League, which is not affiliated with any MLB franchises… Independent Ball.  My velocity came back, I learned a new pitch from Gary Bell (AC Surf teammate) and next thing you know… I was signed at a tryout in Peoria, AZ by the Padres.  Since that day, I have went on to play three full seasons in the Padres minor league organization, working my way through both single A affiliates and last year in AA San Antonio. 

Today, I am writing from my hotel in Peoria.  My success last season earned me an invite to “Big League” camp.  This off-season I married my high school sweetheart and I am grateful for every day that I get to play a game that I love.  I am truly thankful for each day that I get to put on a uniform and call myself a professional baseball player.        

6 Comments

I’m so glad to see this blog! I really hope you can keep it up. I’ve been following your spring, and I’m really pulling for you to make the bully. You’ve gotta feel like you’re right there in the thick of it, don’t you?

Hope I don’t double up on this, but I don’t think my first comment went through. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I’m glad to see this blog. I hope you’re able to keep it going. I’ve been following your spring, and I’m really pulling for you to crack that bully. You’ve gotta like your chances, being in the thick of things right now, eh?

Great to have you blogging with us! Thanks for the background, I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of you until the last year or so. But right now in camp anyone who can pitch without giving up too many runs has a chance for the Opening Day bullpen. What do you think is the problem with the pitching right now? Is it just a dead arm stage, or what? GO PADRES!!
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Greg,
I want you to know we are all very proud of you. Watching you grow up and work so hard, it’s great to see all you have accomplished.

Keep up the great work and keep that Brooker Pride workin

Best,

Jack Marcellus Sr.
The Focus Academy
Marlton NJ
http://www.thefocusacademy.com

Hey wondering how the spring is going and what can we expect of you this summer and fall when you are pitching (hope-hope) in the world series..I want a ticket, no make that two

Hey Burke, it’s great to see that someone finally made it from good ol’ gloucester catholic. Believe me plenty of people are proud to see you in the bigs. Myself, am recovering from labrum and rotator cuff surgery and playing with the Phila F.D., catching of course. Keep up the hard work and make us proud, buddy. It’s good to say I finally caught someone who made it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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