Friday, May 13, 2016

#533 - Tony Bernazard

What a card: This is Tony Bernazard's first Topps base card as a member of the Cleveland Indians. He appears with the Indians in the 1984 Traded set.

My observation on the front: This card also marks the first base card appearance of Bernazard without a mustache.

More opinion from me: I like mustache Bernazard better.

Something you might know: Bernazard was a scrappy infield type for the Expos, White Sox, Mariners, Indians and A's who featured some pop in his bat. He became better known for his infamous blowups while a vice president in the Mets' front office (once supposedly tearing off his shirt and challenging several players from the Mets' Double A Binghamton team to a fight). He was memorably dismissed in a messy press conference by Mets GM Omar Minaya in 2009.

Something you might not know: Bernazard was consistently among the AL leaders in errors committed at second base. He led the league in 1984 and was second in 1983, 1985, 1986 and 1987.

My observation on the back: Vic Power started a program of clinics and seminars in Puerto Rico after his career. He helped develop several future major leaguers besides Bernazard, such as Jose Oquendo and Juan Beniquez.

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