Geronimo Emiliano Berroa
born Geronimo Emiliano Letta Berroa
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 195 lb.
Geronimo Berroa was one of many great journeymen who played what seemed like a life time in the minor leagues but also found sucess by playing in the Show. Berroa had played for seven different major league organizations before he had hit his third major league home run. He first played in the Toronto Blue Jays farm system after being signed in 1983. He played with Knoxville in the class AA Southern League in 1987 and while with Knoxville that season, led the Southern League in total bases with 297.
As for Berroa's Major League career, he made his major league debut nearly seven years after being signed, with the Atlanta Braves in 1989, after they had picked him in the 1988 Rule V Draft. After seeing 81 games of action in 1989, Berroa only saw seven more the following season of 1990. He was selected as the Nashville Sounds MVP in 1992, posting a .328 batting average, second overall in the American Association. Berroa then resurfaced in the majors in 1992 with the Cincinnati Reds, seeing 13 games of action late in the year. Signed as a free agent by the Florida Marlins before their initial season, Berroa would only play 14 games for them in 1993. Berroa next played with the Oakland Athletics, which is were he played the most of his career in the majors. Berroa played full time with Oakland from 1994 to 1996, being primarily a designated hitter but also spending time in the outfield. He hit 36 homers and topped both the 100 RBI and 100 runs scored mark in 1996, his best major league season. Berroa returned to Oakland in 1997 but was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in mid-year.
Berroa played with the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers in 1998, before finally playing with the team he first signed with, the Toronto Blue Jays. After playing 22 games with the Blue Jays in 1999, Berroa played 24 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2000 to bring his major league career to an end. He later played in the Korea Baseball Organization.
Berroa was Caribbean Series MVP in 1990 and 1991. He was the second two-time Series MVP, following Mexican legend Héctor Espino. Through 2015, Neifi Pérez is the only other two-time MVP. Berroa had 6 homers, 21 RBI and 17 runs in 28 Caribbean Series games, though he hit a modest .253 with a .444 slugging. He was on four Series titlists. In 2016, he was inducted into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame in a class with Luis Polonia, Felipe Alou and Tony Peña.
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 3 (1995-1997)
- 30-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1996)
- 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (1996)
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1996)