BRET BARBERIECareer recordInfielder is a career .283...

UP CLOSE WITH THE ORIOLES

July 14, 1995|By Jamison Hensley

BRET BARBERIE

Career record

Infielder is a career .283 hitter. Batted .301 last season for the Florida Marlins, reaching career highs in nearly every offensive category despite two stays on the disabled list. Was acquired by the Orioles for minor-league pitcher Jay Powell in December. Played with current Orioles teammate Ben McDonald on the 1988 U.S. Olympic team, which won the gold medal. Was an All-Pacific-10 Conference first-team selection with Southern Cal in 1988.

Personal record

Born in Long Beach, Calif., but lives in Cerritos, Calif. Will turn 28 on Aug. 16. His father, Edward, was a catcher and shortstop in the Dodgers, Reds and White Sox organizations (1961-1967).

Favorite food

Mexican

Favorite movies

Kevin Costner movies, such as "Dances with Wolves" and "Bull Durham"

Favorite music groups/performers

U2 and Led Zeppelin

Most helpful coach

Jerry Manuel, a third base coach with the Montreal Expos. "I played for him for three years and he basically stuck with me. He taught me the right way to go about professional baseball."

First job

Delivering janitorial products

After baseball, he plans to . . .

"Do some coaching, but I have to go back and graduate first."

Toughest pitcher he has faced

Randy Johnson

How he passes time on road trips

"I have a hobby of restoring cars. So, I'm into reading books on that when I have time."

Favorite cars

Vintage Porsches and Volkswagens

Favorite road city

Chicago. "I always seem to play good there and it has some nice restaurants there, too."

Favorite moment

"I hit a home run from the left and right side of the plate in one game [on Aug. 2, 1991, at Philadelphia]."

Most embarrassing moment

"On national TV, having a shaving-cream pie put in my face. The Expos did that to me a couple of years ago when I got traded to Florida. That's a pretty good embarrassing moment."

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