VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Six-time All-Star Lance Berkman retiring

HOUSTON (AP) - Six-time All-Star Lance Berkman is retiring after 15 seasons in the major leagues.

Advertisement
Berkman almost left the game last offseason before signing with the Texas Rangers. He then had another injury-plagued season and was limited to 73 games.

The 37-year-old Berkman was Houston's first-round draft pick in 1997 out of Rice, and played 12 seasons for the Astros. He played 1,879 career games, all but 287 for Houston, finishing a .293 career hitter with 366 home runs and 1,234 RBIs.

''Lance was one of the greatest players in Astros history,'' his original team said in a release Wednesday night.

The Astros said they hope to honor Berkman during the upcoming season and ''give the fans the chance to recognize his outstanding career.''

He finished the 2010 season with the New York Yankees before two years in St. Louis, where he was part of the 2011 World Series champions.

''Just physically I've gotten to the point where I don't feel like I can compete at a level that I'm used to competing at,'' Berkman told KRIV-TV of Houston. ''I could probably still drag my carcass out there, but I'm not interested in doing that. ... I don't want to hang on just to hang on.''

Berkman said he was excited about retiring.

The Rangers declined their $12 million contract option for 2014 last October, which got Berkman a $1 million buyout. He hit .242 with six homers and 34 RBIs for the Rangers.

He went on the disabled list July 7 with a left inflammation and a sore right knee, and played only five games after coming back the final month of the season.

The six-time All-Star played only 32 games for St. Louis in 2012, when he dealt with a strained left calf and had two operations on his right knee. He hit .301 in 2011 for the Cardinals, who won the World Series that season over Texas.

Berkman had said last winter that he had gone into that offseason feeling like he was going to retire then. But he responded to the Rangers, and made $10 million last season.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Kemp back to L.A. as Braves get haul
Nats' Murphy using crutches after surgery
Yanks, Sabathia agree to one-year deal
All kinds do holiday shopping at Fenway
Cubs agree to deal with reliever Cishek
Giants to deal LHP Moore to Rangers
C Lobaton, Mets agree to minors deal
Angels sign All-Star Cozart from Reds
Astros agree with RHP Rondon on deal
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2017 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Gary Bart + 2230
Stephen Nover + 1583
ASA + 1333
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Chip Chirimbes + 1971
Stephen Nover + 1351
Vince Akins + 1017
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 1322
Kyle Hunter + 719
Joe Nelson + 682
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
John Fisher + 513
ASA + 290
Kevin Rogers + 159
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
John Fisher + 1356
Scott Rickenbach + 941
Stephen Nover + 724
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 1720
Dave Cokin + 1514
ASA + 1049
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership