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Damon Berryhill

Damon Berryhill in 1988
Catcher
Born: December 3, 1963 (1963-12-03) (age 46)
South Laguna, California
Batted: Both Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 5, 1987 for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1997 for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
Batting average     .240
Hits     488
Home runs     47
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Third place in Rookie of the Year voting, 1988

Damon Scott Berryhill (born December 3, 1963, in South Laguna, California) is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played ten seasons for the Chicago Cubs, the Atlanta Braves, the Boston Red Sox, the Cincinnati Reds, and the San Francisco Giants from 1987 to 1997. He threw right and was a switch hitter. He is currently the manager of the Ogden Raptors.

Berryhill went to high school at Laguna Beach High School, and went to college at Orange Coast Community College.[1] He was originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 13th round of the January 1983 amateur draft, but did not sign with them. He played another year at Orange County and was drafted in 1984 by the Chicago Cubs with the 4th pick of the January 1984 amateur draft.[2] He signed with the Cubs on June 2 and began his professional career.

Berryhill began his minor league career in 1984 with the Quad City Cubs, and played 62 games with them.[1] The following season, he played for the Winston-Salem Spirits, Chicago's high A-class affiliate.[1] He continued to move up the ranks in the following seasons, playing for the Pittsfield Cubs in 1986 and the Iowa Cubs in 1987.[1] He was named to the American Association All-Star team for Iowa after batting .287 and hitting 18 home runs.[3]

Berryhill was called up to the major leagues at the end of the 1987 minor league season, and made his major league debut on September 5 against the Cincinnati Reds.

Berryhill was a backup for most of his career. He was selected to the 1988 Topps All-Star Rookie Roster. He was the most commonly used starting catcher for the division-winning 1989 Chicago Cubs.

He is best known for hitting the winning three-run home run for the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the 1992 World Series. The Braves would later lose the series in six games.

In 2008 he managed the Bakersfield Blaze of the California League. In 2009 he is the manager of the Ogden Raptors.

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Damon Berryhill Statistics". The Baseball Cube. http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Damon-Berryhill.shtml. Retrieved 2007-04-24.  
  2. ^ "Damon Berryhill Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. http://www.baseball-reference.com/b/berryda01.shtml. Retrieved 2008-04-25.  
  3. ^ van Dyck, Dave (1987-08-29). "Cubs Bits". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 101.  

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Preceded by
Matt Nokes
Topps Rookie All-Star Catcher
1988
Succeeded by
Bob Geren
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