Lance Berkman has proven himself to be one of baseball’s greatest switch hitters of all time. His incredible power from both sides of the plate combined with his excellent career batting average of .297 has made him one of the most feared hitters in baseball. He entered this season coming off a tough knee surgery as a St. Louis Cardinal, and was expected to be just a washed up player. However, his performance this season was better than anyone could have asked for, with a batting average of .301 and 31 home runs. Was his performance really a surprise?
Berkman entered the 2011 season saying he felt better than he had in several years. After coming off a rough pain-filled season with the Yankees and the Astros, he lost weight and had knee surgery; Berkman appeared eager to go back out and perform. Within one month, he mounted incredible stats, and even had a three home run game during the month of April. Critics were astonished, but had nothing to say other than “The Puma’s Back.”
Berkman’s performance shows he still has a lot left in the tank, and he recently signed a one year contract extension with the Cardinals. Needless to say, if the Albert Pujols deal gets done in St. Louis, it will be another scary season of Pujols, Holliday, and Berkman. Let’s be honest folks, did Berkman really surprise us as much as we think, or did he just put up another typical Lance Berkman season?