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Astros broadcaster rips Berkman

Posted on: April 25, 2011 5:47 pm
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Milo HamiltonAt 35, first-year Cardinals outfielder Lance Berkman looks as good as he has in years, and long-term Astros radio announcer Milo Hamilton is not happy about it. Hamilton, who has called Astros games since 1986, said Berkman didn't put in the off-season work the last couple of years that he did for the Cardinals this winter.

Berkman said he worked with a trainer in the offseason for the first time in order to return to the outfield for the first time since 2007. Hamilton said when he saw Berkman in spring training, he was in better shape than he'd seen the Big Puma in the last five years.

"If he'd done that the last couple of years he was here, he could have finished out a really fine career in Houston if he'd have given it that same dedication," Hamilton said Monday on SportsTalk 790 AM in Houston. "I just what a simple answer, why did you not think it was necessary to get in shape for the Astros?"

Hamilton questioned Berkman's leadership qualities, saying Berkman didn't do his rehab work in the last couple of years and the veteran players weren't upset when he was traded to the Yankees and the younger players thought they could get away with not working hard, because they saw Berkman do it.

Hamilton spoke highly of Berkman off the field, but said he was upset to hear Cardinals manager Tony La Russa call Berkman the leader of the Cardinals, since Berkman said in Houston it wasn't part of his personality to lead. Hamilton said he owed Astros owner Drayton McClain not only to be in shape but also to lead after signing a six-year, $85 million contract in 2005.

After a slow start, Berkman has been red-hot, hitting .377/.449/.725 with six home runs in his first 19 games of the season.

If this is the general sentiment around Houston, it will be interesting to see how Berkman is greeted at Minute Maid Park when the Cardinals start a three-game series there on Tuesday.

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Comments

Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 1:05 pm
 

Astros broadcaster rips Berkman

"Milo is way out of line here.  Who is to say why Lance Berkman did or did not work out."

Man, Cubs fans really aree idiots.

His teammates have acknowledged it, but MORE IMPORTANTLY Berkman himself did. Learn to fucking read for Christ's sake.



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: April 26, 2011 12:41 pm
 

Astros broadcaster rips Berkman

Berk has not looked like he's been in the best shape the past 3 three years until this year.  He definitely has dropped weight.  I don't know if if was lack of dedication.  Who knows what goes through someone elses head really.  I'm not giving the guy a pass on anything because of the amount of money any Pro athlete makes.  Dedication and hard work should be a given.  Lance has spent a lot of time on the DL the last 3 years which depending on the injury will put weight on you.  None the less Lance is playing good baseball again and we all should be glad for that especially the Cardinals.  The sporstcaster was just ranting a bit here is all.  Sour grapes, woulda, coulda, shoulda.  Don't rag the guy because he's on another team and is playing like he's 27 years old again.  Theres a long way to go in the season yet nobody should get too excited about 35+ year old performances this early and sportcasters should be more gracious to former ballplayers that gave you some really good years...the best years of his life.



Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:58 am
 

Astros broadcaster rips Berkman

Milo is way out of line here.  Who is to say why Lance Berkman did or did not work out.
As a former Cub fan and not a huge Cardinal supporter I will add that the Cardinals are a great franchise and they do things the right way.
Not so sure what the Astros methods are, but they are a pale corpse when compared with the Cards.
Get over it Milo!

WHAT?  any fool can tell whether "Lance Berkman did or did not work out" by the fact that he is in physically better shape now.  It's pretty pathetic that you allude that the Astros are somehow to blame when a multi-million dollar PROFESSIONAL athelete doesn''t have the self discipline to get off his a$$ and get in playing shape!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1



Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:54 am
 

Astros broadcaster rips Berkman

We all thought Berkman's best days were behind him until he got off his a$$, put down the cookie dough ice cream, and actually jogged!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1




Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:51 am
 

Astros broadcaster rips Berkman

Milo is absolutely on target!!!  Berkman is lazy.  He's the typical premadonna that has forgotten why he's playing and what he owes the team and fans in return for his millions.  BY THE WAY I HEARD HOUSTON IMPROVED THEIR STANDING AS ONE OF THE FATTEST CITIES IN AMERICA BY SHIPPING BERKMAN'S LARD A$$ TO ST. LOUIE!!!!!!



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 11:21 pm
 

Astros broadcaster rips Berkman

Milo you're best days are behind you as well, and have been for years. But then again you never did grasp the concept that part of being a good journalist is to report the news and not be the news.




Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Astros broadcaster rips Berkman

Milo is way out of line here.  Who is to say why Lance Berkman did or did not work out.
As a former Cub fan and not a huge Cardinal supporter I will add that the Cardinals are a great franchise and they do things the right way.
Not so sure what the Astros methods are, but they are a pale corpse when compared with the Cards.
Get over it Milo!


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