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History

Carlos Baerga

Inducted 2013
Second Baseman 1990-1996, 1999

"Carlos was special. There was nobody who had any more passion for the game. He was an infectious locker-room personality along with being such a great talent." -John Hart

Originally signed by the San Diego Padres, Carlos Baerga was traded to the Indians, along with Sandy Alomar, for slugger Joe Carter. Baerga began turning heads during his third season with the Tribe in 1992. Named to the American League All-Star team that year, Carlos finished the season with a .312 average, 205 hits, 105 RBI and 32 doubles in 161 games. He accumulated enough votes to finish 11th in AL MVP voting.

Playing the Yankees at Cleveland Stadium on April 8, 1993, Carlos became the first Major League player to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in the same inning. He finished the season batting a career best .321, and accumulated 21 home runs and 200 hits.

Carlos was the first player since St. Louis' Rogers Hornsby to have two consecutive seasons of at least 200 hits, 20 homers and 100 RBI (1992, 93), and was on pace for this third straight season when the 1994 strike stopped play. (He finished with 19 HRs, 139 hits and 80 RBI in 103 games.)

Batting third in the American League Champions lineup that featured Albert Belle, Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez, Carlos managed to hit .292 in the1995 fall classic and recorded a home run and 9 RBI. Over his eight seasons with the Tribe, Carlos was awarded two Silver Slugger awards.

  • POSITION: Second Baseman
  • BATS: Switch
  • THROWS: Right
  • HEIGHT: 5'11"
  • WEIGHT: 215
  • BORN: November 4, 1968 in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • DEBUT: April 14, 1990
  • FINAL GAME: September 30, 2005
Indians Career Statistics
G AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
941 3666 549 1097 104 565 198 386 49 .299 .339 .444