Found January 30, 2014 on The Outside Corner:
After 15 seasons in the major leagues, Lance Berkman announced on Wednesday that he's decided to retire.  Knee, hip and back injuries have just become too much to overcome for the slugger, who will turn 38 years old next month. Last season, Berkman was limited to 73 games and 294 plate appearances with the Rangers. Though he was signed primarily to be a designated hitter and part-time outfielder, hoping to supply some of the left-handed power Josh Hamilton took to the Angels, Berkman's body just didn't allow him to be a significant contributor for Texas.  Whenever a player of some significance says he's calling it a career, the reflexive instinct is to ask whether or not he's a Hall of Famer. (The instinct is so reflexive that it's really a cliché now. Or a joke, when applied to a player who clearly won't be getting a plaque in Cooperstown.) But Berkman played 15 years in MLB, and was arguably one of the best hitters in baseball for several of tho...
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