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Lance Berkman is “leaning toward retirement”

Nov 21, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

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Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that the Pirates recently got in touch with Lance Berkman to express some interest, but his “agent says he’s leaning toward retirement” at age 37.

Texas declined its $12 million option on Berkman for 2014 after he missed half the season with injuries and didn’t hit much, but Pittsburgh may have been looking at him as a stop-gap first baseman.

Berkman can still draw walks and get on base, but he’s played just 105 of a possible 324 games during the past two seasons while posting a mediocre .730 OPS.

  1. beefytrout - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Big misstep for the Rangers last offseason. The writing’s on the wall, Berkman. Time to hang ’em up.

    Please let Oswalt know as well.

  2. Zach Chong - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Reblogged this on The Sports Sources Collector.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      Thanks. I’ll be sure not to read it.

  3. fbwangus8736 - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    The Cards and the Rangers could tell you He retired 2 years ago!

  4. cohnjusack - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Only because I keep reading about how David Ortiz is a HOFer

    Ortiz: 1969 games, .930 OPS, 139 OPS+ 44.2 WAR, .962 postseason OPS
    Berkman: 1879 games, .943 OPS, 144 OPS+ 51.8 WAR….949 postseason OPS

    (granted, Ortiz’s career isn’t over, but there’s been a lot of talk about he is a sure fire HOFer if his career ended today. Most of these people would say Lance is in the Hall of Very Good, and there in lies the problem).

    • sportsfan18 - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      Very good points sir.

      Also, as to Papi, Edgar Martinez before Papi. America forgets things quickly, weeks is all it takes.

      People have forgotten or don’t realize due to him playing out in Seattle for so long, just how good of a player he was, especially a hitter.

      He also played in the field quite a bit, in his earrly, yrs. He wasn’t moved out of the field to DH because he couldn’t field, it was to keep him healthy so his bat could stay in the lineup. When he played the field, he was decent, not a Brooks Robinson at 3rd but not too bad either.

    • makeham98 - Nov 23, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      You can make similar arguments about players like Reggie Jackson. But Ortiz, like
      Jackson, had moments larger than most other players dream of. Unless they’re dreaming of Reggie and Papi. Not all hits are created equal.

  5. mick2014 - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    It’s tough to go home to the old battle Ax for good, umm I mean the wife that just maxes out the credit cards..

  6. jvandever007 - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Just do what all the other formal cardinals do after they deminish….sign a two year deal with the reds

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:48 AM

      What about the informal Cardinals?

      • psousa1 - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        What about if they diminish?

        Berkman still has the greatest nickname in baseball – Fat Elvis

  7. mottershead1972 - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Play until they stop paying!!!

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