In the tributes to Lance Berkman there has been a wistful concession the Berkman was not HOF worthy. Not so.The case for Lance Berkman is straightforward and essentially the same as for Jeff Bagwell. Bagwell and Berkman are among the 30 or 40 best hitters in the history of the game.
Some lifetime Bagwell stats: OBP .408 (28th all time); Slg % .540 (30th all time); and OPS .948 (20th all time)
Some lifetime Berkman stats: OBP .406 (29th all time) Slg % .537 (35th all time): and OPS .943 (24th all time)
Berkman played for well over a decade and that's long enough to establish long term value. The percentages establish that he had a strong peak. He should be HOF.