Aug 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Twins short stopDoug Bernier
(17) makes a throw to first in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
As the long, difficult Minnesota Twins’ season winds down in its final month, we’ll take a closer look at some of the new (and some not so new) faces added to the roster with our new Who’s That Guy? postings. Our first entry: Career minor leaguer Doug Bernier.
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Who’s That Guy?
- Name – Douglas Howard Bernier
- Age – 34
- Position – Shortstop/3B
- Career stats (36 MLB games) – Avg .207, 0 HR, 5 RBI
Experience – 13 years in minor league systems of Colorado, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Minnesota Twins. Has appeared in 36 major league games, the bulk last year with the Twins when he appeared in 33.
What he’s done in 2014 – Appeared in 124 games for the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins AAA affiliate), batted .280 with 6 HR and 54 RBI. Has appeared in 2 games for the Twins since his call-up, failing to put a ball in play.
September expectations – Enjoy the room service. Bernier has spent the bulk of his career in various levels of the minor leagues, with his lone call-ups being in 2008 for 2 games with Colorado and 33 games last year with the Twins. His September call-up this season appears to be nothing more than a courtesy for his years of service. He should enjoy the experience and the perks of being in the big leagues, if only for a short time.
Looking forward to 2015 – If you’re a fan of the movie Bull Durham, Bernier is your Crash Davis. You won’t find a lot of 34-year-old players in the minor leagues, but should Bernier continue his career that’s most likely where you will find him in 2015. He is on a year-to-year contract so this call-up might be his Minnesota Twins swan song.
Next player that will be spotlighted on Who’s That Guy? will be A.J. Achter.
Until next time…