Thursday, March 26, 2009

1989 Topps Major League Debut #17: Geronimo Berroa

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.)

CAREER: 3/10

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.


  1. Do you think that he would yell "ME!" if he jumped out of a plane?

    Sorry, I had a Hot Shots flashback.

    Geronimo played a half-season for my O's in 1997. He was kind of "meh", with a .260-10-48 line. He did go 5-for-13 with 2 HR vs. Seattle in the ALDS, but I have no recollection of that. The only thing I remember was his comically misadventurous defensive play in RF. My father and I were in the bleachers at Camden Yards once that year, and Geronimo successfully tracked down a deep fly ball, causing my father to pantomime a heart attack, Redd Foxx-style.

  2. I cannot believe kevin beat me to a "Geronimoooooooo!" joke. And a vague 80's movie reference to boot. I'm going to bed.

  3. He's also VERY valuable in N64 Ken Griffey baseball, where he is the starting DH on the Indians.

  4. Don't worry Andy - you're not the only one who confuses Geronimo Berroa and Francisco Cabrera. Reading this blog after a long day at work, I kept waiting for when you were going to mention that hit Berroa made to drive in Sid Bream in the '92 NLCS.

    My brain is fried.