Is Lance Berkman a Hall of Famer?
With the news that Berkman will undergo season ending (and probably career ending) knee surgery, many people are beginning to wonder if we will see Berkman enter Cooperstown. Sure, he is a terrific switch hitter one of the games best, but do his numbers rank as Hall of Fame worthy? Let’s examine them assuming his career is over, and see my conclusion on whether or not Lance Berkman will one day be in the Hall of Fame.
Games- 1,805 (1999-2012)
Games at 1B- 737 LF- 504 RF- 362 CF- 164 DH-39
Average/On-base, Slugging- .296/.409/.544
Home Runs- 360
Runs Scored- 1,119
Stolen Bases- 86
Strike Out’s- 1,248
Now let’s take this one step further by examining his stats as a switch hitter:
AVG/On base/Slugging- .260/.362/.415
AVG/On base/ Slugging- .307/.423/.585
Now let us compare him to the other first baseman in the Hall of Fame (Stats from Baseball Almanac):
Lance Berkman is one of the best personalities in baseball, a six time All Star, as well as one of the games greatest all time switch hitters. He hasn’t won any major awards, only has one World Series ring(granted without him, the Cardinals don’t reach the post-season let alone win it all), and possibly ended his career on a low note. But his numbers are very comparable to some of the other Hall of Fame first baseman. Sure he doesn’t have the homers that Foxx had or the average of a Lou Gherig or Bill Terry, but his overall numbers are comparable. He is in no means, a first ballot Hall of Famer. But I do believe after quite a few years on the ballot he will be elected to the Hall of Fame, if he does so he would join other former Cardinals: Johnny Mize, Jim Bottomley, and Orlando Cepeda (Mize and Bottomley are in the Hall as Cardinals). What do you think, is Berkman a Hall of Famer? Comment below on your thoughts of Lance Berkman, Beef Berky, Berk, Sir Lance-a-lot, Big Puma, Fat Elvis, or whatever you want to call him.