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Lance Berkman pinch-hits, non-committal on retirement talk

Oct 3, 2012, 11:05 PM EDT

Lance Berkman, Dioner Navarro AP

Thought to be done for the year, Lance Berkman made an appearance as a pinch-hitter in Wednesday’s Cardinals finale and grounded out to end the seventh inning.

Berkman got a big ovation from the St. Louis crowd prior to the at-bat, which was his first since Sept. 7. He won’t be included on the Cardinals’ postseason roster because of his knee problems.

Interviewed after the game, Berkman wouldn’t say which way he was leaning as far as coming back for another year. The free-agent-to-be said early last month that he was considering retiring and going back to Rice University to finish his degree.

Berkman, one of the NL’s best hitters last year, appeared in just 31 games this season because of his bad knee. If tonight’s at-bat was his last, he’ll finish his career with a .296/.409/.544 line, 360 homers and 1,200 RBI.

  1. raysfan1 - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    I expect he will retire, but nobody should ask him until the Cards’ season is done. There’s no way he will answer until then so as to avoid any distraction for the team.

    • mazblast - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:54 AM

      Sure. As if the media hacks will show any consideration. As if they even know how.

  2. chumthumper - Oct 4, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Classy move by Matheny. Perhaps he thinks Lance is done and put him to pinch hit so the fans can give him one last ovation and thank you.

  3. stlouis1baseball - Oct 4, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Congratulations to Lance Berkman on a stellar career.
    Whatever he decides to do…I am sure it will be successful.

    • raysfan1 - Oct 4, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      Agreed. If he does retire, I hope he stays involved in baseball. I think he’d be an excellent coach.

  4. materialman80 - Oct 4, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Great career Lance. As a Cardinal fan I was glad to see you finish up in St. Louis.

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