Hamilton, Berkman in spotlight
Pair of sluggers leading respective offenses in Lone Star Series
ARLINGTON -- They are both big boys, the Big Puma for the Astros and The Hammer for the Rangers. One leads the Majors in home runs, the other in RBIs.One is 6-foot-1, 220 pounds and one of the greatest switch-hitters in the history of the game, while the other is 6-foot-3, 235 pounds and only beginning to establish his legacy as potentially one of the very best players in the game.
"The great players in this league not only have talent, but they have longevity," Young said. "They play for a long time. The great thing about Josh is, not only does he have incredible talent, but he has a hunger to be a great player."
Hamilton may have the edge on Berkman in terms of strength and speed. Berkman is five years older and has had knee surgery. But Berkman is a four-time All-Star with five seasons of at least 100 RBIs. He is a proven commodity who has taken his team to a World Series."They are both great hitters," said former Reds manager Jerry Narron, who was Hamilton's big league manager and an opposing manager in the same division as Berkman. "Berkman just has much more experience. I think with Josh, he's still learning; he's still scratching the surface. I think with Berkman this year, when you've got Miguel Tejeda and Carlos Lee around you, that means a great deal. But there is no doubt Berkman is an outstanding hitter." Both Berkman and Hamilton are, and the two sluggers are at center stage in the Lone Star Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Jim Molony contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.