Aug 2, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A general view of a Houston Astros hat and glove in the dugout during a game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros sign Lance Berkman, Roy Oswalt to 1-day contracts to retire with team

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Two of the Houston Astros all-time greats, Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt, signed 1-day contracts on Saturday so as to officially retire as members of the team, according to a report from ESPN.com

Berkman, who spent the first 12 of his 15 major league seasons with Houston, retires as one of the best hitters not only in Houston history, but in all of MLB. He compiled career numbers of a .293 BA in 1,879 games with 366 home runs and 1,234 RBI. He wound down his career with the Yankees, Cardinals and Rangers.

Oswalt, the 2005 NLCS MVP and 3-time All-Star with the Astros, leaves the game second in wins and strikeouts in franchise history. He ends his career with a 163-102 record in 365 appearances (341 of them starts) and a 3.36 ERA. He also pitched for the Phillies, Rangers and Rockies.

It was a fitting end for two of the players who helped lift the Astros to a contender for a number of years during the early 2000’s.

Tip o’ the cap, gentlemen.

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