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

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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