Geronimo Berroa was one of the free-swinging A’s of the mid-90s. You’ll recall that those teams relied heavily on the long ball, the lineup scattered with the likes of Mark McGwire, Matt Stairs, Jason Giambi, and uh, Ernie Young.
Berroa came into the league in the late ’80s with big expectations from the Braves organization. He could never put it together in the minors though, basically sucking his way into getting released in 1991. Over the next couple years, he tried his hand with the Mariners, Indians, Marlins and Reds before stopping in Oakland, his sixth organization in three years.
Berroa’s wanton offensive ways fit in perfectly with the relaxed A’s team. He stepped in as the DH and contributed immediately, hitting .306 in 1994. He had his best year two years later, in 1996, when he swatted 36 homeruns, along with 106 RBIs and a tidy .290 average. The A’s traded him to the Orioles the following year; he never duplicated his Oaktown success. He hit three homeruns over the next three seasons after his trade to Baltimore. Interesting, no?
As for his current whereabouts e’s believed to have returned to his native Dominican Republic, where seedy former athletes have been seizing his house and possessions. Or something along those lines.
Also, the most fun thing about Berroa was his first name. Geronimo!
Geronimo Berroa [Baseball Reference]