Lance Berkman has retired from Major League Baseball. Berkman retires after playing 15 seasons as a member of the Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, and St. Louis Cardinals. According to a report from Wednesday (Jan. 29) an injury-plagued 2013 MLB season pushed him in the direction of finding life after baseball
Commenting on his decision, Berkman stated, "Just physically I've gotten to the point where I don't feel like I can compete at a level that I'm used to competing at. I could probably still drag my carcass out there, but I'm not interested in doing that. ... I don't want to hang on just to hang on.''
He finishes his career with a .293 batting average, 366 home runs, and 1,234 RBIs over 1,879 games played. A majority of his career (12 seasons) came with the Astros, where he was part of a lineup that included Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell for a number of seasons. Known as "The Killer B's" he went to the postseason with them several times.
The team also released a statement about his decision and it reads in part, "Lance was one of the greatest players in Astros history." Some fans might be disappointed that Lance Berkman didn't get a one-day contract with the team so that he could retire from MLB with an Astros cap on. Heading into this past offseason, the Rangers declined an option for the 2014 season, making him a free agent. He had already considered retirement before that point, but it may have made the decision a bit easier for him.
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