Houston, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Lance Berkman officially retired Wednesday after a 15-year career due to various injuries, mainly on the knee and hip.
“I’m excited about the next chapter in my life. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family, and at some point, I’ll definitely coach somewhere,” said Berkman.
The Texas Rangers talked him out of retirement with a one-year, $11 million deal to be their primary DH. Issues with his right knee and left hip limited him to just 73 games, hitting .242 in 294 plate appearances.
In the previous season he played in just 32 games with the St. Louis Cardinals and had two surgeries on his knee and dealt with a calf strain.
During Berkman’s 15-year career, most of it spent with the Houston Astros, he made six National League All-Star teams and played in five postseasons.
Berkman ranks right up there with the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, Todd Helton, Chipper Jones, Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, Carlos Delgado and Vladimir Guerrero in the conversation for best power hitter of the decade, and he did it while also hitting .300.
“Lance was one of the greatest players in Astros history, and we are absolutely open to honoring him this season now that he has announced his retirement,” read a statement from the Astros.
He appeared in the 2005 World Series with the Astros, who lost to the Chicago White Sox.
Berkman won one championship, helping the Cardinals beat the Rangers in the 2011 World Series. With two outs and facing a 2-2 count with his team behind in the 10th inning of Game 6, Berkman hit a fastball to to tie the score. He was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer, 3 RBIs and 4 runs scored in the memorable win, calling it the greatest game he ever played in.