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Position: OF/1B      Born: Feb 10, 1976      Bats: Both      Throws: Left

One of the best players to ever wear an Astros uniform, the native Texan from Rice University was the first-round pick of the Astros in 1997 and quickly reached the majors in 1999. he swatted 21 homers the next year and has been in the lineup ever since.

He helped the Astros win their division in 2001 and was a key player in postseason runs in 2004 and 2005. The five-time All Star has a .321 postseason average with six homers and 26 RBIs, including some dramatic blows during the 2005 playoffs.

The switch-hitter has played all three outfield positions before becoming the full-time first baseman in 2006. He passed the 300 home run mark for his career in 2009 and has completed his first 11 seasons as an Astro with a .299 batting average and a .967 OPS.

Berkman also led the National League in RBIs in 2002 with 128 although his career high in that department came in 2006 with 136. He has led the league in doubles twice with a career high 55 in 2001 when he hit .331.

On July 31, 2010, he was traded to the New York Yankees for pitcher Mark Melancon and a minor leaguer. For his 12 seasons as an Astro, Berkman batted .296 with 326 home runs and 1090 RBIs.