Thursday, March 26, 2009
1989 Topps Major League Debut #17: Geronimo Berroa
PHOTO: I dig this photo, a nice action shot at Shea Stadium. It almost looks like he's engaging in a hammer throw.
STAT: In 1996, 21 different players hit 30 HR with 100 RBI and 100 runs scored. If you guessed forever, you'd probably get the other 20 guys before naming Berroa. (Some other toughies on that list, though, are John Jaha and Bernard Gilkey.)
Berroa bounced around a lot and played as many as 140 games in a season only 3 times in his career. He did post the aforementioned 30-HR, 100-RBI season with Oakland in 1996 but couldn't keep up that power.
For some dumb reason, I often confuse Berroa with Francisco Cabrera. Their first names both have multiple syllables and sound a tad similar, while their last names are both heavy on the "r"s. They also both came up with Atlanta in the same era.