Burba in 1988
|Born: July 7, 1966|
|September 8, 1990, for the Seattle Mariners|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 17, 2004, for the San Francisco Giants|
|Earned run average||4.49|
David Allen Burba (born July 7, 1966) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher who played for the Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, and Milwaukee Brewers from 1990 to 2004. In his 15-year major league career, Burba's record was 115–87, with 1,398 strikeouts, and a 4.49 ERA. He is currently the pitching coach for the Hartford Yard Goats.
His finest season with San Francisco was in 1993. He was 10–3 and posted a 4.23 ERA.
In 1996, Burba was 11–13 and posted an ERA of 3.83. He also hit two home runs as a batter. The next year, he again won 11 games to 10 losses (3 fewer than the previous year) but saw his strikeout numbers drop and his ERA rose by almost a full run (4.73).
Before the start of the 1998 season when he was tabbed as the opening day pitcher for the Reds, the Indians acquired him for prospect Sean Casey, looking for someone to fill the void left by Orel Hershiser. He filled in nicely, going 15–10 in 1998, 15–9 in 1999, and 16–6 in 2000. He battled injuries throughout the 2001 season, and went 10–10 with an ERA of 6.21. That off-season, Burba followed GM John Hart to the Texas Rangers. He was later placed on waivers and ended up back in Cleveland to finish the season. After the year. Burba signed a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.
On September 2, 2004, he was traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the San Francisco Giants for minor leaguer Josh Habel.
End of career
After filing for free agency from the Giants on October 29, 2004, Dave hooked up with the Houston Astros on a minor league deal on March 29, 2005. He spent the entire season in the minor leagues. He tried again in the 2006 season by signing a minor league deal with the Mariners on January 27, 2006. However, the Mariners released him on March 24, 2006. His final game in the majors was on September 19, 2004.
Burba became pitching coach of the Tri-City Dust Devils for the 2011 season, the class-A team of the Colorado Rockies. He was also the pitching coach for the Modesto Nuts, and is currently pitching coach for the Lancaster JetHawks (High A Calif. league), in the Rockies farm system.
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- James, Bill; Neyer, Rob (2004-06-15). The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers: An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches. Simon and Schuster. p. 150. ISBN 9780743261586. Retrieved 17 August 2012.