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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Strauss: Berkman says he’ll probably retire

“Never ask a question unless you already know the answer”...Berkman’s Law.

Speaking hours before playing five innings at first base for the Memphis Redbirds, the six-time All-Star first baseman acknowledged that he is leaning toward retirement after concluding his second season with the Cardinals.

“I don’t want to rule anything out. But if you asked me right now I’m leaning toward not playing next year,” Berkman said. “I don’t want to say for certain because I don’t want to do like Brett Favre and say, ‘I retired; I’m not retired; I’m retired; I’m not retired.’ I don’t want to make that call right now, but if you put a gun to my head and demand an answer today I would tell you I’m probably not going to play next year.”

...Berkman noted last month that his legacy is set. He is aware, however, of the vagaries of Hall of Fame balloting and the significance of counting stats.

“Whether or not I’m a Hall of Fame-caliber player, I feel like in my decade-plus from a percentage standpoint I stack up against anybody. I may not retire with what some people think is enough home runs and RBI to merit induction, but in my mind I can hit with anybody in that building,” he said.

Berkman’s career .409 on-base percentage ranks fourth among active players and 37th all-time. His career .545 slugging percentage stands 12th among actives and 34th all-time. Combined, the two form a .953 career on-base plus slugging percentage that is fifth among active players and 19th all-time. His career OPS is higher than Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Mel Ott, Ty Cobb and Hank Aaron, among others.

Repoz Posted: August 25, 2012 at 12:32 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. McCoy Posted: August 25, 2012 at 12:57 AM (#4217606)
I'm all for any and all players from the Cardinals retiring. Hell, I generally wish for them to do it 1 or 2 years earlier than they actually do it.
   2. Sleepy supports unauthorized rambling Posted: August 25, 2012 at 01:15 AM (#4217616)
I'm all for any and all players from the Cardinals retiring. Hell, I generally wish for them to do it 1 or 2 years earlier than they actually do it.


But Berkman would be perfect for the Red Sox next year, if they end up trading Gonzales.

Granted, I'd rather retire than live in Boston, too, if I was a multi-millionaire, but I think he'd have fun with that short LF.
   3. bjhanke Posted: August 25, 2012 at 04:58 AM (#4217662)
As a Cardinals fan, I will happily take Berkman's 2011, happily pay him two years' salary for it, and not resent it one bit if he chooses to retire after this year. They're not going to take that 2011 championship away from us no matter when Lance retires, and we don't even get into the postseason without him. I don't even mind all those hits he had against us when he was with the Astros. - Brock Hanke
   4. God Posted: August 25, 2012 at 05:03 AM (#4217664)
If he wanted to, he could stick around for 5 more years as an ace-in-the-hole pinch hitter, a la Jason Giambi or Johnny Mize.
   5. phredbird Posted: August 25, 2012 at 10:53 AM (#4217792)
4. God Posted: August 25, 2012 at 05:03 AM (#4217664)
If he wanted to, he could stick around for 5 more years as an ace-in-the-hole pinch hitter, a la Jason Giambi or Johnny Mize.


you could make that happen if you wanted to. right?

agree with 3.
   6. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: August 25, 2012 at 01:14 PM (#4217943)
Berkman's had a very nice career, but he's almost certainly not going to make the HOF even if he comes back and has a couple more good years, unless he wins an MVP or something like that. Just too short a career (in part because of a relatively late start) for a guy with his profile.

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