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Lance Berkman thinks the Astros should hire Tim Bogar

Sep 25, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar is among the candidates to interview for the Astros’ managerial opening and one of the best players in franchise history, Lance Berkman, thinks he’s the right man for the job.

“If it was me, that’s who I’d hire,” Berkman said, via Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle “He was great to me when I was a young player. I’ve always thought he would make an excellent manager, and they could do a lot worse than him. I just have tremendous respect for him and know he knows the game.”

Berkman and Bogar were Astros teammates in 1999, when a 23-year-old Berkman broke into the majors and a 32-year-old Bogar was the starting shortstop.

Bogar is among a handful of candidates for the job, which includes interim manager Tony DeFrancesco, Nationals third base coach Bo Porter, and Rays bench coach Dave Martinez. Larry Bowa and Brad Ausmus have already removed themselves from the running.

  1. moogro - Sep 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Don’t Bogar that, dude!

  2. stex52 - Sep 25, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    I’d live with Bogar. He comes well recommended. Lance has a history of loyalty to people he knows, but I think he would be right this time. Even though our last experience with a RS bench coach ended painfully. And I don’t blame that one on Mills. Garbage in – garbage out.

    Would have liked to see Ausmus. I have worlds of respect for him. But I think it would take dynamite to blow him out of southern California.

  3. 11thstreetmafia - Sep 25, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Who gives a sh#t what Lance Freakin Berkman thinks?Isn’t anybody else sick of his pretend care for the Astros? He doesn’t play for them anymore. He actually plays for a divisional opponent. He could have stuck around in Houston if he wanted.

    • stex52 - Sep 25, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      Wrong, friend. They came to him and asked if he would accept a trade for “the good of the team.” He did. He came back at the end of the season and offered them a substantial home town discount to play in Houston again. Ed Wade told him to get lost.

      Guess what? He works for a living. He had to take a job, and St. Louis offered him one. Lance doesn’t play for Houston because Houston didn’t wnat him.

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