Berkman Announces Retirement


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Eliot J. Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Lance Berkman’s 15-year career is over.

The 37-year-old, six-time All-Star announced Wednesday that he has retired from baseball.

Berkman, who had two knee surgeries in 2012, only played in 73 games with the Texas Rangers last season while dealing with various ailments.

“It doesn’t make sense to play in the physical condition I’m in,” Berkman told

Berkman played more than 11 of his big league seasons for the Houston Astros. During that time Berkman hit .296 with 326 home runs, 1090 RBIs and a .410 on-base percentage. He also was a key cog in the Astros’ run to the 2005 World Series.

“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 Astros said in a statement.” 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.”

Berkman finishes his career with a .293 average, 366 home runs, 1234 RBIs and a .406 on-base percentage.

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