Former Astros great Lance Berkman has high school jersey retired at Canyon High School

6x-All-Star and World Series champion returned to alma mater on Thursday

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – Six-time Major League All-Star and New Braunfels Canyon alum Lance Berkman returned to high school and had his number 23 jersey retired before a baseball game on Thursday.

Berkman graduated from New Braunfels Canyon High School in 1994 and then went on to play 15 seasons in the big leagues with the Houston Astros, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers.

Berkman said he was honored to have his jersey retired and offered some advice for the current Cougars baseball team.

Lance Berkman #17 of the Houston Astros hits a sacrifice fly against the Chicago White Sox during the third inning of Game Two of the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series at U.S. Celluar Field on October 23, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. (Getty Images)

“(It’s important to) enjoy this period of your life while you can, it goes by really quick and I think back to when I was here, and it just seems sometimes like it was last week, other times it seems like forever ago,” Berkman said. “Life goes by quick, so enjoy your experience playing high school baseball.”

Berkman, a career .293 hitter, was the 2002 National League RBI leader and hit 366 home runs in 1,879 games. He finished his career with a .991 fielding percentage playing at all three outfield positions and first base. In 52 postseason games, he hit .317 (59-for-186) with 38 runs, 11 doubles, 1 triple, 9 home runs, 41 RBI and 31 walks.

The 2011 World Series Champion threw the first pitch before the Cougars hosted Dripping Springs. He is currently the head baseball coach of the Houston Baptist Huskies.

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