Monday, March 24, 2014

Player Profile: Geronimo Berroa

I have 40 cards of Geronimo Berroa. This one is from 1989 Score Rising Stars.

Playing career: Outfielder Geronimo Berroa came up with the Braves in 1989, and got in 88 games for them over two season. He then played very briefly for the Reds and Marlins before going to Oakland in 1994 and blossoming into a star. His best season was 1996, when he hit .290 with 36 HR and 106 RBI. The next season, he was traded to Baltimore to help them down the stretch (which he did, including two home runs in the playoffs). His career fell off a cliff after that, though – 20 games for Cleveland, 52 games for Detroit, 22 games for Toronto and 24 games for the Dodgers. A fuller account of his career can be found at The Greatest 21 Days.

Where he is now: He has had some difficulties in his post-baseball career. He was successfully sued by former major leaguer Mario Guerrero, losing property in the lawsuit over whether the player-turned-scout was owed a portion of Berroa’s earnings.

He was also mentioned by former major leaguer Jason Grimsley in a federal affidavit as a steroid user.

My memories: I remember him as a Yankee killer in his time with the A’s.

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type Geronimo B, between Geronimo Bar and Grill, a restaurant in Connecticut, and Geronimo Biography, referring to the famous Apache leader. There do not appear to be any other prominent Geronimo Berroas.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Sean Berry.

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