May 25, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Texas Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman (27) throws during batting practice before a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Lance Berkman announces retirement


There comes a day when every player must eventually hang up their cleats.

Today is that day for Lance Berkman.

The 37-year-old fought retirement for a few seasons, dealing with injuries and sub-par play, but confirmed today that his fifteen year run as a Major League Baseball player is over.

Per Richard Justice of MLB.com:

Lance Berkman confirms that his playing career is over.

Berkman, who broke into the league with the Houston Astros in 1999 played for four different teams in his decade and a half long career, splitting time with the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals and eventually the Texas Rangers.

A six-time MLB All-Star, Berkman won the National League’s Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2011 and was a World Series Champion with the Cardinals, also in 2011.

Known for being one of the more pure hitters in baseball, Berkman will end his career with a .289 batting average, alongside 366 home runs, 1,234 RBI and 1,905 hits.

One hell of a career for the batter often referred to as ‘Fat Elvis’ or ‘Big Puma’.

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