The last of the Killer B's has called it quits.
Lance Berkman confirms that his playing career is over. Details coming at http://t.co/8DpyxzGPIn— Richard Justice (@richardjustice) January 29, 2014
One of the best switch-hitters of all time, Berkman finished a marvelous career with a .293/.406/.537 line, 366 home runs, 1,234 RBI and nearly as many walks (1,201) as strikeouts (1,300). According to Hardball Talk's Aaron Gleeman, his .943 OPS ranks second among all switch-hitters, behind only Mickey Mantle.
Berkman, who spent 11-plus years with the Astros before shorter stints with the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers, finished top 10 in MVP voting six times. He was a six-time MLB All-Star and won the World Series with the Cards in 2011, the same year he was named the National League's Comeback Player of the Year.
Of course, while he stands as one of the greatest hitters of the 2000s, he will also be remembered for his candid and entertaining interviews.
MLB.com's Brian McTaggart explained, calling Berkman his favorite player he has ever covered:
Lance Berkman is flat out my favorite player I've ever covered. Honest. Smart. Funny. Accessible.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) January 29, 2014
Berkman has plenty of options from here.
If he wants a job in broadcasting, it probably wouldn't be too difficult for him to find. It seems as though he would be a natural on air.
Is Berkman a Hall of Famer?
Perhaps what is more likely, however, is a job as a hitting coach somewhere. According to the Houston Chronicle's Jose de Jesus Ortiz, Berkman has an offer to be an assistant at Rice, where he played, but it also wouldn't be surprising to see him find a position with the Astros or Cardinals.
For now, though, Berkman can simply relax. He can go on vacation, play some golf, lie on his couch and eat bonbons all day or do whatever he pleases.
Because after one heck of a career, the Big Puma has earned his retirement.