1991 - 1992
BiographyJuan Berenguer was born on November 30, 1954, in Aguadulce, Panama. Juan was a major league right handed pitcher who played for the New York Mets 1978-1980, the Kansas City Royals in 1981 and 1992, the Blue Jays in 1981, the Detroit Tigers 1982-1985, the Giants 1989,the Minnesota Twins 1987-1990 and the Atlanta Braves 1991-1992. Berenguer was signed as an un-drafted free agent by the New York Mets in 1975, and was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 17, 1978, with the New York Mets. Berenguer played in the majors for 15 years and played 490 games. He had a career record of 67 wins and 62 losses. In 1987, when Berenguer played for the World Champion Minnesota Twins, he went 8-1 and in 1988 he went 8-4. With age, Juan learned to control his 90-plus-mph fastball. His effectiveness as a pitcher was aided by his intimidating appearance. He was a mean looking Panamanian with long hair and a mustache, which is how he earned the nickname "Pancho Villa."
Braves Career HighlightsJuan threw 97.2 innings out of the bullpen for the Braves, helping them capture the first two of 14 division titles in a row. While pitching for Atlanta in 1991, Berenguer suffered an odd off-field injury. While home wrestling with his kids on an off day, he broke his pitching arm and missed the rest of the season, also missing out on the Braves' run to the World Series that year.
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