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Lance Berkman remains at the top of the Astros’ DH wish list

Dec 12, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

Jerry Crasnick says:


Their interest was first reported a month ago, and speculated about as a natural fit well before that.

That said, the Astros front office as currently constructed (i.e. a lot of smart people) are going to almost certainly make this a baseball decision, not an emotional or nostalgic decision.  If Berkman wants to be paid as a guy who just played a 32-game season thanks to injuries and is looking to bounce back, cool. If he’s wishing to be paid as a memory of good Astros days past, it’s probably not gonna happen.

  1. pmcenroe - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Agreed. But even as a non-Astros fan it’d be nice to see the reunion.

    • youjivinmeturkey - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      Ditto. :)

  2. thekingdave - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Cue a comical suggestion from stex52 that they immediately flip him for a backup little league SS

    • stex52 - Dec 12, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      Not Lance. Even I can’t suggest that. Why they don’t have him set up for a personal services contract already is beyond me. Those guys are about to be rolling in money. The man is nothing but class. But do we have a firm reason to think he can play more than 32 games this year?

      • jwbiii - Dec 12, 2012 at 8:43 PM

        Doesn’t he have an offer to coach at Rice? Not much money, of course, but much more time at home.

      • stex52 - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:05 AM

        He also said he wants to go back and finish his degree. As a fellow alum, I would love to see him on the Rice staff. Talk about a recruiting tool. I also think that the Astros are fools if they don’t lock him into a personal services contract in the community. He is a great representative.

        It’s not like he needs to make a lot of money. And I have severe doubts about his durability at this point in his career. Even in DH-ball.

  3. ensell - Dec 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    So freaking strange… The Astros need a full-time DH.

  4. e5again - Dec 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    “It only cemented my opinion that the AL is Mickey Mouse and the National League is real baseball,” he said. “I hate the DH, even though it might prolong my career.”

  5. jeffa43 - Dec 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    The Man is honest… Another reason to Love Lance…

    It would be something to look forward to 5x a game… I am also honest, and after back to back 107 loss seasons, there is not a lot to be excited about going to the AL West..

    You suck Selig, I hate AL ball… sorry, offtrack…

    I think it would be a breath of fresh air to see Lance, and fans will pay to see him.

    Make it happen!

  6. unlost1 - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    as if he wants to be on a team worse than the Cubs

  7. texasaaa - Dec 15, 2012 at 4:36 AM

    Lance is the only reason I would by a ticket this year. Why else? AA ball team.

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