Monday, March 16, 2009
Orestes Destrade, 1B
Played for Marlins: 1993-1994
Other Teams: New York Yankees (1987), Pittsburgh (1988), Seibu Lions (Japan Pacific, 1989-1992, 1995)
Marlins fans knows him because: He was the team's inaugural first-baseman.
Everyone else knows him because: He is the least-recognizable analyst on ESPN's Baseball Tonight. Followers of Japanese baseball will note that Orestes led the Japanese Pacific League in home runs three straight seasons from 1990-1992. Most of Orestes' warning track flyouts (and there were many) elicited a response of "That would be gone in Japan," by then-Marlins tv men Jay Randolph and Gary Carter. He did manage to hit 20 home runs in 1993.
Best Marlins moment: None that I can remember. Orestes was one of those marginal ballplayers who typically populate expansion teams in need of filling out a roster.
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