When the Texas Rangers signed the aging veteran Lance Berkman to a contract, many thought they had tried too hard to put faith in the elder statesman of the free agent class of 2013. He never seemed to be distracted or bothered by the whispers that he didn’t have what it took to warrant such amounts of money by a team. Maybe he didn’t mind because he had a feeling that he was going to start the season proving each and every single doubter wrong, because he has done just that.
So far in the young season Berkman is batting .480 with an on base percentage of .594 and a nice 1.354 OPS to his credit. He only has one homer but has driven in seven runs over the eight games he has played. Twelve hits in eight games is good for anyone at any age or stage of career. Plain and simply put; Berkman still has plenty left in the tank to be a great designated hitter and spot defensive starter.
The gray in his beard wouldn’t look so becoming perhaps if he were 0 for the season but he isn’t. Much like Jason Giambi for the Cleveland Indians, a veteran that has been to the playoffs and won them like Berkman is invaluable for more reasons that just his bat. Would an older Craig Biggio or Jeff Bagwell get such doubts? Probably not if they still played. While they do not, don’t forget who the other big time member of that killer-bees squad was: Lance Berkman. I’m not saying he is a legend or a hall-of-famer. What he definitely is however, is worth what the Rangers paid him.