Lance Berkman announced his retirement from major league baseball after a stellar career. He played on some of the best — and worst — Astros’ teams in history.
He ranks among the Top 5 in almost every offensive category for the Astros. At .410, he has the best OBP of any player while they were in an Astros’ uniform. He’s second in slugging percentage and OPS behind Moises Alou.
Berkman’s position in the stat books is almost incomparable. We’ll save the Hall of Fame question for another day.
Today, the question is simple: Should the Astros retire his #17 and hang it from the rafters at Minute Maid Park?
The Astros have retired 10 numbers through the years. Some — like Bagwell’s #5 and Biggio’s #7 — were no brainers. Others, well, let’s just say it’s possible the Astros got carried away.
That, however, shouldn’t sway your thinking as Berkman is clearly one of the top 3-4 position players in Astros’ history.