William Lance Berkman (born February 10, 1976), nicknamed "Big Puma", is an American former professional baseball outfielder and first baseman. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers.
A standout baseball player at Canyon High School, Berkman attended Rice University, where he played college baseball for the Rice Owls. Named the 1997 National College Player of the Year, the Astros selected Berkman in the first round of the 1997 MLB Draft, and he debuted in MLB for the Astros in 1999. The Astros traded Berkman to the Yankees at the 2010 trade deadline. He spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the Cardinals, and the 2013 season with the Rangers, before deciding to retire. He signed a one day contract with Houston to officially retire as an Astro.
Berkman is a six-time MLB All-Star. He won the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2011. He stands 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m), and weighs 220 pounds (100 kg). Berkman has spent various seasons of his career as a regular at all three outfield positions.
By Dean Hanley