Former Astro Lance Berkman retiring

Former Astro Lance Berkman retiring
January 29, 2014, 4:00 pm
Share This Post
(USA Today Images)
CSNHouston Staff

Lance Berkman is calling it a career.

The 37-year-old has decided to retire after 15 years in the majors.

"I'm excited about it to be honest with you," Berkman told Fox26's Mark Berman. "I think it's going to be great.

"Just physically I've gotten to the point where I don't think I can compete at a level I'm used to competing at."

Berkman played with the Astros from 1999-2010, and is in the top three in several of the Astros all-time offensive lists in several categories including slugging percentage (first, .549), home runs (second, 326), RBIs (third, 1,090), runs (third, 1,008) and batting average (third, .296).

The Astros released a statement about Berkman's retirement on Wednesday night. “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," the statement said. "We will communicate with Lance in the upcoming days to get his thoughts on this, and hope to schedule something that will give the fans the chance to recognize his outstanding career.”

After getting traded to the Yankees in the middle of the 2010 season, Berkman finished his career with the Cardinals and Rangers. Berkman won his only World Series with the Cardinals in 2011 but he will be remembered primariily for his 12 seasons in Houston.

He was an All-Star six times in his career and five of them were as an Astro.

He'll retire with a career .293 average with 366 home runs.

More Team Talk