Cub-killer Lance Berkman retires

Cub-killer Lance Berkman retires
January 29, 2014, 11:00 pm
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Tony Andracki

Lance Berkman dreaded coming to Wrigley Field as a player.

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Now, he won't have to.

Berkman, who turns 38 next month, called it quits Wednesday, capping off an illustrious 15-year career.

He played more games against the Cubs (177) than any other team, spending 14 years in the National League Central. Twelve of those seasons came in Houston, where he formed the "Killer B's" with Hall of Fame hopefuls Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio in the middle of the Astros lineup.

After suffering through injuries, the former first-round pick resuscitated his career in 2011 with the St. Louis Cardinals, hitting 31 homers and driving in 94 runs in 145 games.

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Berkman's final numbers against the Cubs were not gaudy compared to his career numbers -- .843 OPS vs. Cubs, .943 career OPS), but he clubbed 33 homers off Chicago pitching, driving in 98 and scoring 97 runs.

His Wrigley Field numbers prove why he wasn't much of a fan. At the Friendly Confines, Berkman posted a .215 average and .732 OPS with 83 strikeouts in 83 games.