Posted January 30, 2014

Lance Berkman announces retirement

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The switch hitting Berkman has a career OBP of .406. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The switch-hitting Lance Berkman has a career OBP of .406. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Longtime Astro Lance Berkman announced his retirement after a 15-year career on Wednesday, according to MLB.com’s Richard Justice.

Berkman spent the first twelve years of his career in Houston before being traded for a half season to the Yankees. He then joined the St. Louis Cardinals, where he was a part of the 2011 World Series championship team, before finishing his career with the Texas Rangers last season.

Berkman has seen limited action due to injuries in recent years, and told MLB.com that he didn’t feel comfortable continuing his career.

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“It doesn’t make sense to play in the physical condition I’m in,” Berkman said, “I’m not going to keep trying to run out there for the heck of it.”

The six-time All-Star added that he hopes to return to baseball as a coach at some point in the future.

Berkman finished his career with 366 home runs and a .293 batting average.


11 comments
DODGERFAIL2013
DODGERFAIL2013

LOL @ all these comments below saying he didn't use steroids, etc.


Gotta love how a guy somehow has an amazing season (best in years) at age 34, then falls off the face of the Earth.


Glad you ra..p.ed the Rangers on the way out for a cool $10 mil payday when you were a broken down has-been.

RD
RD

Come on back to St Louis Lance.  You're golden here!!  Thanks for the memories and have a great retirement!!!

megalodale
megalodale

You never hear anyone with anything bad to say about Lance Berkman.  Players, fans, beat writers, etc.  As someone said below, he really IS one of the good guys.  As an Astros fan, he was one of the last things we had to hold on to before it all blew up.  I wonder if we'll have the pleasure of seeing another like him in my lifetime.  At any rate, thanks Lance.  Have a great retirement.  You've more than earned it.

ToddBennett
ToddBennett

The Founding Member of the Hall of Really Freaking Good, and Clean.  Perhaps, in retrospect, a more respectable honor.  Thank you Lance, from all of us in Cardinal Nation.

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

I second all the other sentiments here and add, Berkman's apparent love for the game goes beyond fame & fortune.  Here's a quote from the sweet-swingin' Lance in a Ken Rosenthal piece in 2012, commenting on the opening of Marlins' "splashy" new stadium : "Baseball fans are universal…People like to walk into the ballpark and remember."

rockferd
rockferd

No steroids for Lance. Great ballplayer.

championbc
championbc

 Berkman was even better than the stats show.  If you review the World Series against the Texas Rangers, he is THE reason the Cards won.  The talk was about Pujols, but the key hits when the Rangers were one out away from a World Championship -- they were made by Berkman.


366 home runs and a .293 lifetime average will probably not get him into the HOF, but there is no doubt he was an all-star.  He will always be remembered as a high-quality person that everyone liked, even those on opposing teams.  Berkman deserves all the accolades he will get, and more.


Thanks, Lance for fifteen great years!