Former Expo: Bret Barberie

1993 Donruss

Bret played on the storied 1988 Team USA baseball team that included players such as Jim Abbott and Tino Martinez. The Expos drafted him in the seventh round of the 1988 draft and assigned him to High-A West Palm Beach, where he had an underwhelming .267/.366/.346 line. He didn’t do much better in 1990 in Jacksonville, but in 1991 he broke loose at AAA Indianapolis, hitting .312/.461/.532 and earning a promotion to the Expos. He raked in his rookie season, hitting .353/.435/.515 in 57 games for a 2.1 WAR. He also had a completely unsustainable .400 BABIP, which means he was getting incredibly lucky. He stayed with the Expos for 92, hitting .232/.354/.281 for a 1.3 WAR. Actually not bad for a middle infielder, and he had regressed in terms of BABIP, meaning his true talent lay somewhere in between the two extremes. Unfortunately, the Expos weren’t convinced, and left him unprotected for the expansion draft, hence what you see here. He played 99 games with Florida that year, and sure enough, hit right in between the two extremes, going .277/.344/.371, a 1.7 WAR.

He stuck with the Marlins for another year, then went to the Orioles, and finished his career with the Cubs in 1996 at the age of 28. I’m not sure I understand what happened to him, though. He was a pretty good hitter up until he joined the Orioles, then he just went downhill FAST. I never thought he was going to be a hall of famer, but I did think he would be a star, and had the skills to be one. Oh, well. At least he had a hot wife for awhile.


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