Antonio Bernazard Garcia
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9", Weight 160 lb.
The Montreal Expos signed Tony Bernazard on November 13, 1973 and he played his first pro ball as a 17-year-old rookie for the Kinston Expos in the class A Carolina League in 1974. He spent six years in the minors with his 1978 year with the Denver Bears being his best when he had 479 at-bats with 137 hits, including 9 home runs for an even .300 batting average. Tony also led the American Association in 1978 in scoring 107 runs.
Tony got his first taste of the big leagues with the 1979 Montreal Expos, filling in for an injured Chris Speier for a month in mid-season, and over the next 10 seasons he would see the inside of six different club houses. Next would be the Chicago White Sox, then the Seattle Mariners, 1984 through 1987 found him with the Cleveland Indians. Bernazard had an 0-for-44 streak at the plate with the Indians in 1984, finishing at .221. The 0 for 44 run was once believed to be a MLB record, though later researched showed that Bill Bergen had a longer hitless run. He peaked in 1986, when he batted .301 that included 169 base hits and 73 RBI. Tony also set a club record for homers by a switch hitter (17). This season, on July 1st, he became the first Indian to homer from both sides of the plate in one game.
In 1988, Bernazard signed with Japan's Nankai Hawks. He hit .315/.386/.509 his first year there, then slammed 34 homers and drove in 93 in 1989. In 1990, he slumped to .275/.375/.482 with 13 homers. He had a 28-game hitting streak in 1988.
Career Batting Statistics
Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Third Edition
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