Jason Bere

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Jason Phillip Bere

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Biographical Information[edit]

Long viewed as a star pitching prospect, Jason Bere never developed into top-line starter that many people expected. Some cited his heavy workload at a young age as the reason for his multiple injuries. He made his mark, though, going 12-5 and then 12-2 in 1993 and 1994, two seasons in which the Chicago White Sox finished first in their division. He struggled badly in his two appearances in the spotlight however, being rocked and tagged with a loss in his only postseason start in the 1993 ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays, and taking the loss in extra innings while failing to retire a batter in the 1994 All-Star Game.

Bere then struggled with injuries and inconsistency through the remainder of his big league career. He led the American League in losses with 15 in 1995 while walking almost as many batters as he struck out and posting an awful 7.15 ERA. He missed most of the next two seasons with injuries, then started 1998 with a 3-7, 6.45 record for the Sox to earn his unconditional release in July. He was picked up by the Cincinnati Reds a week later and found a second wind, going 3-2, 4.12 for them, and then a combined 5-0 with Cincinnati and the Milwaukee Brewers the following season. He had moments of brilliance later in his career, such as on June 29, 2000, when he struck out 13 Philadelphia Phillies while playing for the Brewers, and when he posted double figures in wins in 2000 and 2001.

After retiring as a player, Bere worked in the Cleveland Indians front office, for whom he ended his career with two starts in 2003. In 2015, he was named the team's bullpen coach, replacing Kevin Cash who had been named manager of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • AL All-Star (1994)
  • AL Winning Percentage Leader (1994)

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