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Tim Burke
Born: (1959-02-19) February 19, 1959 (age 62)
Omaha, Nebraska
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 8, 1985, for the Montreal Expos
Last MLB appearance
September 22, 1992, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Win–loss record49–33
Earned run average2.72
Career highlights and awards

Timothy Phillip Burke (born February 19, 1959) is a retired Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played for the Montreal Expos, New York Mets, and New York Yankees. He batted and threw right-handed. Between 1987 and 1988, he briefly had the lowest career earned run average for a relief pitcher,[1] and his career earned run average of 2.72 is lower than all Hall of Famer relief pitchers except for Mariano Rivera and Hoyt Wilhelm.


Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in round two of the 1980 MLB draft, Burke was traded to the Expos for outfielder Pat Rooney. In an eight-season career, Burke posted a 49–33 record with a 2.72 ERA and 102 saves in 498 games pitched. He led the National League in appearances in 1985, with 78. He was selected to the National League All-star team in 1989.


Along with wife Christine, Burke adopted two orphan children from Korea, one from Vietnam, and one from Guatemala with the assistance of International Children Services in Eugene, Oregon. A born-again Christian, Burke retired from baseball in 1993 in order to help raise his four adopted children. In 1994 he authored the book Major League Dad: The Moving Story of an All-Star Pitcher Who Gave up Baseball for His Family.

In 1995, Burke appeared in the Geoff Moore & the Distance music video for the song "Home Run".[citation needed]

Burke currently resides in Littleton, Colorado.


  1. ^ "MLB Career Relief Pitcher ERA Leaders (1935-2020)". Retrieved 2021-05-06.