Where does Berkman rank among Astro greats?

MLB.com broke the news Wednesday that long-time Astros slugger Lance Berkman was retiring after 15 seasons in the game, the bulk of which was played in Houston. There will be undoubtedly a lot of discussion in the coming years about Berkman’s legacy and whether he should get elected to the Hall of Fame, which seems like a long shot based on his career numbers.

There is no argument, however, that Berkman will be remembered as one of the greatest Astros players in franchise history. If you look at the Astros’ career record books, three names stick out – Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman. They were the Killer B’s, the group that took Astros baseball to new heights in the mid-2000s and helped them reach the World Series in 2005. The Astros, of course, were swept by the White Sox, and Berkman eventually did win a ring following his final productive year with the Cardinals in 2011.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Astros retire Berkman’s No. 17 at some point as they did with Biggo (7), Bagwell (5) and several others. Here’s where Berkman ranks in the Astros’ career record books:

WAR (Wins Above Replacement)

1. Bagwell, 79.5

2. Biggio, 64.9

3. Cruz, 51.2

4. Cedeno, 49.4

5. Berkman, 48.1

BATTING AVERAGE

1. Alou, .331

2t. Bagwell, .297

2t. Watson, .297

4. Berkman, .296

5. Gross, .293

ON-BASE PERCENTAGE

1. Berkman. .410

2. Bagwell, .408

3. Alou, .403

4. Gross, .376

5. Spiers, .375

SLUGGING PERCENTAGE

1. Alou, .585

2. Berkman, .549

3. Bagwell, .540

4. Hidalgo, .501

5. G. Davis, .483

OPS

1. Alou, .988

2. Berkman, .959

3. Bagwell, .948

4. Hidalgo, .857

5. Ensberg, .843

RUNS

1. Biggio, 1,844

2. Bagwell, 1,517

3. Berkman, 1,008

4. Cedeno, 890

5. Cruz, 871

HITS

1. Biggio, 3,060

2. Bagwell, 2,314

3. Cruz, 1,937

4. Cedeno, 1,659

5. Berkman, 1,648

TOTAL BASES

1. Biggio, 4,711

2. Bagwell, 4,214

3. Berkman, 3,053

4. Cruz, 2,846

5. Cedeno, 2,601

DOUBLES

1. Biggio, 668

2. Bagwell, 488

3. Berkman, 375

4. Cedeno, 343

5. Cruz, 335

HOME RUNS

1. Bagwell, 449

2. Berkman, 326

3. Biggio, 291

4. Wynn, 223

5. G. Davis, 166

RBIs

1. Bagwell, 1,529

2. Biggio, 1,175

3. Berkman, 1,090

4. Cruz, 942

5. Watson, 782

WALKS

1. Bagwell, 1,401

2. Biggio, 1,160

3. Berkman, 1,040

4. Wynn, 847

5. Cruz, 730

EXTRA-BASE HITS

1. Biggio, 1,014

2. Bagwell, 969

3. Berkman, 727

4. Cedeno, 561

5. Cruz, 553

2 Comments

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Brian, it does look  close for him, but there several in that area, so it might work !!!                                 Ralph

       

He will always hold a special place in my Astros loving heart. Such a good guy, who made it hard for me to cheer for him when he was wearing those other uniforms.

Wish him all the best in retirement and maybe we’ll see him back in an Astros uniform one day!

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