Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:37 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Astros radio broadcaster Milo Hamilton will announce his intent to retire following the 2012 season, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.
The team will have a press conference for Hamilton, 84, on Wednesday.
Hamilton has announced Major League games for 59 years and won the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award in 1992.
Hamilton's started broadcasting big-league baseball in 1953 with the St. Louis Browns. When the Browns moved to Baltimore, he stayed in St. Louis, where he worked with Harry Caray and Jack Buck in 1954. After just one season with the Cardinals, he caught on with the Cubs, working with Jack Brickhouse and Vince Lloyd. He served three years with the Cubs and after four-years out of baseball, moved to the White Sox in 1961.
Hamilton was the first voice of the Braves, getting the job when the team moved from Milwaukee in 1966. He worked in Atlanta until after the 1975 season, calling Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th career homer.
From Atlanta, Hamilton had stints with the Pirates and Cubs before joining the Astros in 1985.
Since 2006, he's mostly called only home games for the Astros. He will, however, make the trip to Miami in April to broadcast in the new Marlins ballpark, marking his 60th different ballpark in which he's called a game.
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Posted on: April 25, 2011 5:47 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
At 35, first-year Cardinals outfielder Lance Berkman looks as good as he has in years, and long-term Astros radio announcer Milo Hamilton is not happy about it. Hamilton, who has called Astros games since 1986, said Berkman didn't put in the off-season work the last couple of years that he did for the Cardinals this winter.
Berkman said he worked with a trainer in the offseason for the first time in order to return to the outfield for the first time since 2007. Hamilton said when he saw Berkman in spring training, he was in better shape than he'd seen the Big Puma in the last five years.
"If he'd done that the last couple of years he was here, he could have finished out a really fine career in Houston if he'd have given it that same dedication," Hamilton said Monday on SportsTalk 790 AM in Houston. "I just what a simple answer, why did you not think it was necessary to get in shape for the Astros?"
Hamilton questioned Berkman's leadership qualities, saying Berkman didn't do his rehab work in the last couple of years and the veteran players weren't upset when he was traded to the Yankees and the younger players thought they could get away with not working hard, because they saw Berkman do it.
Hamilton spoke highly of Berkman off the field, but said he was upset to hear Cardinals manager Tony La Russa call Berkman the leader of the Cardinals, since Berkman said in Houston it wasn't part of his personality to lead. Hamilton said he owed Astros owner Drayton McClain not only to be in shape but also to lead after signing a six-year, $85 million contract in 2005.
After a slow start, Berkman has been red-hot, hitting .377/.449/.725 with six home runs in his first 19 games of the season.
If this is the general sentiment around Houston, it will be interesting to see how Berkman is greeted at Minute Maid Park when the Cardinals start a three-game series there on Tuesday.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.