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John Burkett - Keggler

Former Marlin, John Burkett, has embarked on a new professional sports career.

Former Major League Baseball pitcher John Burkett received an exemption into this week's Denny's Professional Bowlers Association Tour's GEICO Classic at AMF Irving Lanes in Irving, Texas.

The 42-year-old Burkett, whose first job was as a pin-setter in a duckpin bowling center, has performed well in previous opportunities. He finished 32nd in the 2002 Brunswick ProSource Don Carter Classic and was 185th out of 590 bowlers in the 2004 U.S. Masters.

"Playing baseball was a dream of mine and bowling was too, so every time I get to live out that dream, it's exciting," Burkett said on the PBA Web site. "I have a ton of respect for those guys, but I have a lot of confidence in my ability."

You remember John Burkett from when he was a pitcher for the Marlins, he logged a 20-24 record during 1995 and part of 1996, don't you?

If not, don't feel alone.  I had no idea he ever wore the teal in his baseball days.  But nonetheless I wish him success in his new career.

This post does bring up the question of why are you having to waste your time reading it?  It's a fair question.  The reason is: it's the off-season and anything is fair game.