GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Former All-Star pitcher John Burkett (BERK’-iht) is throwing a different kind of ball these days.
The former 20-game winner with the San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox is in the lineup for the PBA50 bowling tournament next week at Spectrum Lanes in Wyoming.
Mlive.com reports Burkett lives in Southlake, Texas, and has competed in the PBA tour for players over 50 for four years. His highest finish was fourth in 2015 in California and he has two 11th place finishes.
Burkett says he wanted to be a professional bowler before ever discovering baseball. He was 166-136 with 1,766 strikeouts in a 15-year career that began in earnest in 1987. He finished fourth in Cy Young Award voting in 1993 when he went 22-7 with the Giants.