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(CBS Sports)   Astros and Cardinals slugger Lance Berkman is retiring at age 37 to spend Caturdays at home with his family instead of at the ballpark   (cbssports.com) divider line 23
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2014-01-29 10:24:40 PM  
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2014-01-29 10:46:34 PM  
Well played subby.
 
2014-01-29 11:20:01 PM  
Adios, fatty.
 
2014-01-29 11:31:59 PM  
No, he's not a hall of famer. Also, fark you Lance.
 
2014-01-29 11:59:38 PM  
nice pussy!
 
2014-01-30 12:07:44 AM  
Berkman falls into the same club as Edgar Martinez.  Guys who walked too often to get into the HoF.

Also, somehow, Bobby Abreu.
 
2014-01-30 12:11:57 AM  
So long, Fat Elvis.
 
2014-01-30 12:16:06 AM  

Marmilman: No, he's not a hall of famer. Also, fark you Lance.


Well, he had to go somewhere to get a championship.

/ducks
 
2014-01-30 12:16:58 AM  
I always thought he was the puma
 
2014-01-30 12:30:21 AM  

Dafatone: Berkman falls into the same club as Edgar Martinez.  Guys who walked too often to get into the HoF.

Also, somehow, Bobby Abreu.


Yeah, my computer is not playing nice right now, but compare Berkman's slash line to that of Jim "Most Feared Batter Evar" Rice. Its crazy how much better Berkman's is...but Rice hit more singles (and made more outs) instead of walking so he's in the hall
 
2014-01-30 01:01:23 AM  

show me: Marmilman: No, he's not a hall of famer. Also, fark you Lance.

Well, he had to go somewhere to get a championship.

/ducks


I don't blame the guy for wanting to leave the Astros for a team that had a better shot at winning a world series. It was his loathesome attitude and work ethic towards the last 4 or 5 years with the Astros that fans hated.
 
2014-01-30 01:17:03 AM  
Too bad about the knees, mister. Still, a fine run you had.

Marmilman: show me: Marmilman: No, he's not a hall of famer. Also, fark you Lance.

Well, he had to go somewhere to get a championship.

/ducks

I don't blame the guy for wanting to leave the Astros for a team that had a better shot at winning a world series. It was his loathesome attitude and work ethic towards the last 4 or 5 years with the Astros that fans hated.


Yeah, when I think "disgruntled fark-off baseball player" the first name I think of is Berkman's. Totally.
 
2014-01-30 01:45:46 AM  

DrBenway: Too bad about the knees, mister. Still, a fine run you had.

Marmilman: show me: Marmilman: No, he's not a hall of famer. Also, fark you Lance.

Well, he had to go somewhere to get a championship.

/ducks

I don't blame the guy for wanting to leave the Astros for a team that had a better shot at winning a world series. It was his loathesome attitude and work ethic towards the last 4 or 5 years with the Astros that fans hated.

Yeah, when I think "disgruntled fark-off baseball player" the first name I think of is Berkman's. Totally.


My apologies. I forgot to ask you what your opinion of Berkman was before stating my own. Oops.
 
2014-01-30 04:09:24 AM  

Marmilman: DrBenway: Too bad about the knees, mister. Still, a fine run you had.

Marmilman: show me: Marmilman: No, he's not a hall of famer. Also, fark you Lance.

Well, he had to go somewhere to get a championship.

/ducks

I don't blame the guy for wanting to leave the Astros for a team that had a better shot at winning a world series. It was his loathesome attitude and work ethic towards the last 4 or 5 years with the Astros that fans hated.

Yeah, when I think "disgruntled fark-off baseball player" the first name I think of is Berkman's. Totally.

My apologies. I forgot to ask you what your opinion of Berkman was before stating my own. Oops.


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2014-01-30 08:26:14 AM  

Dafatone: Berkman falls into the same club as Edgar Martinez.  Guys who walked too often to get into the HoF.

Also, somehow, Bobby Abreu.


Pitchers being too scared or too crap to hit the strike zone shouldn't count against a hitter in any way.
 
2014-01-30 08:39:37 AM  
Ruben Amaro will be over there with a 5 million dollar offer by the end of the day
 
2014-01-30 08:57:50 AM  
I loved Berkman when he was with the Astros and I was happy for him when he got the series win with the Cards.  I hope he has a good time coaching college baseball wherever he ends up.  Bye, Big Puma/Fat Elvis.
 
2014-01-30 09:04:11 AM  
His career was HoF quality.  Great on base percentage... nothing helps your team more than a great on base percentage.
 
2014-01-30 12:21:00 PM  

sephjnr: Dafatone: Berkman falls into the same club as Edgar Martinez.  Guys who walked too often to get into the HoF.

Also, somehow, Bobby Abreu.

Pitchers being too scared or too crap to hit the strike zone shouldn't count against a hitter in any way.


Agreed.  But, hits, home runs, and rbi are still the three biggest measures of hitters.  More walks = fewer ABs = fewer hits, home runs, and rbi.
 
2014-01-30 12:45:51 PM  
I was at Wrigley five or six years ago for a game when there was a thunderstorm and tornado. I remember a large bolt of lightning over the centerfield scoreboard and seeing Berkman, who was playing first base, immediately run straight into the first base dugout while the other players on the field kind of looked around at each other wondering what they should do. Umps called the game and got everyone off the field a minute or so after that. In an interview Berkman said something along the lines of " I had a metal chain around my neck and I grew up in Texas and know not to mess with lightning so I got the hell off the field."

A few minutes later, they cleared the stands and, in the confusion of 30,000 people rushing to the dungeon, I got seperated from my wife and mother. They weren't letting anyone leave the stadium for a while because of the danger. It took almost 2 hours to find them. It was a great time, other than having to listen to my wife biatch at me the whole way home for losing them.
 
2014-01-30 03:12:10 PM  

DeWayne Mann: Dafatone: Berkman falls into the same club as Edgar Martinez.  Guys who walked too often to get into the HoF.

Also, somehow, Bobby Abreu.

Yeah, my computer is not playing nice right now, but compare Berkman's slash line to that of Jim "Most Feared Batter Evar" Rice. Its crazy how much better Berkman's is...but Rice hit more singles (and made more outs) instead of walking so he's in the hall


.293/.406/.537 vs. .285/.352/.502 if anyone cares, although in fairness to Rice the 70s and 80s were a lower offense era. Berkman's still a borderline candidate for the hall, though. He just didn't play all that long, and he only really had one season where he deserved MVP consideration. He was never better than 5th in bWAR in his league, and finished with only 51.8. That's pretty low by HoF standards. I'm not saying he definitely doesn't deserve to go, but Edgar Martinez should be a no doubter while Berkman's very borderline
 
2014-01-30 03:58:51 PM  

neon_god: DeWayne Mann: Dafatone: Berkman falls into the same club as Edgar Martinez.  Guys who walked too often to get into the HoF.

Also, somehow, Bobby Abreu.

Yeah, my computer is not playing nice right now, but compare Berkman's slash line to that of Jim "Most Feared Batter Evar" Rice. Its crazy how much better Berkman's is...but Rice hit more singles (and made more outs) instead of walking so he's in the hall

.293/.406/.537 vs. .285/.352/.502 if anyone cares, although in fairness to Rice the 70s and 80s were a lower offense era. Berkman's still a borderline candidate for the hall, though. He just didn't play all that long, and he only really had one season where he deserved MVP consideration. He was never better than 5th in bWAR in his league, and finished with only 51.8. That's pretty low by HoF standards. I'm not saying he definitely doesn't deserve to go, but Edgar Martinez should be a no doubter while Berkman's very borderline


Nah, Lance isn't going in the Hall of Fame. Not if it's going to take someone with Biggio's career at least 3 years to get in. A few more healthy years than Berkman ended up with and he might have had a shot.
 
2014-01-30 04:37:43 PM  

DrBenway: neon_god: DeWayne Mann: Dafatone: Berkman falls into the same club as Edgar Martinez.  Guys who walked too often to get into the HoF.

Also, somehow, Bobby Abreu.

Yeah, my computer is not playing nice right now, but compare Berkman's slash line to that of Jim "Most Feared Batter Evar" Rice. Its crazy how much better Berkman's is...but Rice hit more singles (and made more outs) instead of walking so he's in the hall

.293/.406/.537 vs. .285/.352/.502 if anyone cares, although in fairness to Rice the 70s and 80s were a lower offense era. Berkman's still a borderline candidate for the hall, though. He just didn't play all that long, and he only really had one season where he deserved MVP consideration. He was never better than 5th in bWAR in his league, and finished with only 51.8. That's pretty low by HoF standards. I'm not saying he definitely doesn't deserve to go, but Edgar Martinez should be a no doubter while Berkman's very borderline

Nah, Lance isn't going in the Hall of Fame. Not if it's going to take someone with Biggio's career at least 3 years to get in. A few more healthy years than Berkman ended up with and he might have had a shot.


I agree. Worse guys have made it, but right now there's such a huge backlog of guys who definitely deserve it.
 
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