Tony Bernazard

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Antonio Bernazard Garcia

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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 had been first taught to play by Vic Power in his native Puerto Rico.

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 scoring 107 runs that year.

Tony got his first taste of the big leagues with the Expos in 1979, 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. After spending all of 1980 as a back-up infielder in Montreal, 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 research 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). That season, on July 1st, he became the first Indian to homer from both sides of the plate in one game.

Eventually, his bat could not compensate for his inadequacy as a fielder, and he was traded to the Oakland Athletics in July of 1987.

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.

The Detroit Tigers gave him his last try in 1991 but it was over and Tony was released on May 7th.

In 2004, Bernazard was a special assistant for the MLBPA. In 2008, he was the "Vice President, Player Development" for the New York Mets.


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