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08:05 AM ET 09.26 | Former Astro Lance Berkman has endorsed Tim Bogar in the club's search for a manager, but it seems unlikely the Killer B would be looking to return himself. As far as those actually charged with making the decisions, general manager, Jeff Luhnow emerged from a meeting of the front office with little to say, only reiterating that the field of nine had been narrowed but with no time frame for a decision. Berkman also doused some of the speculation about his return to the Astros as a designated hitter next year. "You get to a certain point in your career and you want to play for something, and I still think the Astros are probably a few years away yet from being considered serious contenders for a World Series title," Berkman said.

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September 26, 2012  08:12 AM ET

....berkman was lucky w cards, after failing in houston and new york...due to being a fatty....he is done.....nothing left to give the astros....

September 26, 2012  09:48 AM ET

How was he lucky? He was clutch, and one of the primary reasons they won last year.

September 26, 2012  09:54 AM ET

"few years away" as in not any time soon. Berkman wasn't lucky with the Cardinals and he didn't fail in Houston either. He's been great in fact. He struggled in New York but he did manage to get big hits at times.

September 26, 2012  11:04 AM ET

maybe berkman is done in the baseball career. just he doesn't want to acknowledge,,,,,

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September 26, 2012  11:47 AM ET

He's got a couple years left in his tank. My advice to him is head to the AL and stretch his years out as a DH.

September 26, 2012  12:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

"few years away" as in not any time soon. Berkman wasn't lucky with the Cardinals and he didn't fail in Houston either. He's been great in fact. He struggled in New York but he did manage to get big hits at times.

I put the Astros at 2 years behind the M's and 1 year ahead of the Cubs. It will be interesting to compare the rebuilding processes, see which club can be competitive most quickly. Sigh--when your team is bad, you learn to appreciate the little things in life.

You are right about Berkman's performance though. In baseball we can measure individual performance much better than in many sports, and we can see that over his career Berkman played well whether the rest of the team was good or bad.

September 26, 2012  12:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He's got a couple years left in his tank. My advice to him is head to the AL and stretch his years out as a DH.

I've grown resigned to the DH over the years, and this is one of the good things about it--let's guys like Berkman continue to be productive even after they start getting a little fragile.

September 26, 2012  01:11 PM ET

Maybe he should visit Houston, once he gets familiar with it, he might like it? Yea, Right!!!!

September 26, 2012  01:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

"few years away" as in not any time soon. Berkman wasn't lucky with the Cardinals and he didn't fail in Houston either. He's been great in fact. He struggled in New York but he did manage to get big hits at times.

....maybe we did not watch the same games....berkman became fatter and fatter in houston and yes he did fail those last few years (after he signed a fat contract)....he did nothing in new york....and as he gained weight this past year w cards, he also sucked there too....dont believe me, maybe u will believe hof broadcaster milo hamilton...google what he thinks of berkman....

September 26, 2012  01:36 PM ET

I don't think the Astros will ever be mistaken for a world series contender.

September 26, 2012  01:55 PM ET

Berkman: "You get to a certain point in your career and you want to play for something..."

How about playing for $$$ Lance??? that's something.

When you've had 85 or less Games Played in 3 of the last 4 years, the phones gonna stop ringing pretty soon.

September 26, 2012  05:23 PM ET

Berkman was very kind to the Astros, but they are playing right now with Double A and Triple A players who are there because it is the best they have got.

September 26, 2012  07:59 PM ET

What the article isn't saying is that Berkman asked the Astros to come back at a big discount before he came to the Cardinals, but the Astros would not even talk to him. That's the real reason he won't consider Houston again.

 
September 27, 2012  11:09 PM ET

Wiseup: At his age the one team that will take him in is DL.

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