Sunday, February 23, 2014

Player Profile: Jason Bere

I have 30 cards of Jason Bere. This one is from 1995 Fleer.

Playing career: Jason Bere came up with the White Sox in 1993 and immediately looked like one of the game’s bright young stars, going 12-5 with a 3.47 ERA, helping Chicago make the playoffs for the first time in a decade. In 1994 he kept up the pace, going 12-2 with a 3.81 ERA in the strike-shortened season. However, the wheels came off in spectacular fashion in 1995, when he went 8-15 with an astronomical 7.19 ERA in 27 starts. Bere stayed in baseball through 2003, but injuries and ineffectiveness limited him to just three seasons of 20 starts in that span, and only one with an ERA lower than 4.50. In 1993 and 1994, he went 24-7 with a 3.64 ERA. From 1995 to 2003, he went 47-58 with a 5.65 ERA.

Where he is now: Special Assistant to the General Manager of the Cleveland Indians.

My memories: I remember him as a highly touted rookie with the White Sox. I hadn’t realized how quickly and thoroughly his career went off the rails.

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type Jason Bere, between Jason Beren, a Director at Deutsche Bank, and Jason Berenson, Director of Engineering at PINS. There do not appear to be any other prominent Jason Beres.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Juan Berenguer.

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