Saturday, July 7, 2018

Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s - #18 Adam Bernero

Adam Gino Bernero
Starting Pitcher

Released by the Royals on June 2nd, the Phillies plucked Adam Bernero from the waiver wires on June 8th and he made his only start with the team on June 30th.  It didn't go well (see below).  Bernero was designated for assignment on July 4th, released on July 13th and re-signed by the Royals on July 14th, his entire Phillies career lasting less than six weeks and resulting in an ERA of 36.00.

Bernero's emergency start was necessitated when Brett Myers was placed on the temporary inactive list following Myers' late night arrest in Boston on June 23rd for striking his wife outside a bar.  Myers pitched on June 24th in Boston, but was on the inactive list when his next scheduled start came around prompting Bernero's recall from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons.  Only 5 1/2 games behind the first place Mets when the month of June began, the Bernero game ended the month with the Phillies now 11 games back.  They'd finish the season just 3 games back in the N.L. Wild Card standings.

Bernero appeared in three games for the Royals later that summer, took the 2007 season off and attempted a comeback with the Pirates' AAA team in 2008 before calling it a career.

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'4"  Weight:  205
Born:  November 28, 1976, San Jose, CA
Signed:  Signed by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent, May 21, 1999
Major League Teams:  Detroit Tigers 2000-2003; Colorado Rockies 2003-2004; Atlanta Braves 2005; Phillies 2006; Kansas City Royals 2006
Professional Affiliations:  Detroit Tigers 1999-2003; Colorado Rockies 2003-2004; Atlanta Braves 2005; Phillies 2006; Kansas City Royals 2006; Pittsburgh Pirates 2008

Phillies Career
1 start, 0-1, 36.00 ERA, 2 innings, 8 runs on 7 hits
Acquired:  June 8, 2006 - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Kansas City Royals
Debut and Final Game:  June 30, 2006 - Started in Toronto, lasting two innings and allowing home runs to Lyle Overbay (2) and Eric Hinske.  Fabio Castro relieved him to start the third.
Departed:  July 13, 2006 - Released and signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Royals, July 14, 2006.

0 Bernero Baseball Cards in My Collection

Complete Chachi Checklist
2006 Chachi #42

2000 Upper Deck Black
Diamond Rookie Edition #104
2001 Upper Deck #32
2005 Topps Total #681
2006 Chachi #42
Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  2000 Upper Deck Black Diamond Rookie Edition #104
First Topps Base Card:  N/A
Last Mainstream Card:  2005 Topps Total #681 (with Jorge Sosa)
Other Notable Cards:  2001 Fleer Tradition #364, 2001 Upper Deck #32, 2003 Donruss Team Heroes #195, 2004 Topps Total #483, 2006 Multi-Ad Omaha Royals #5

Sources:  Baseball Reference and The Trading Card Database

Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s
1 Kirk Bullinger
2 Chris Pritchett
3 Bryan Ward
4 Mark Holzemer
5 Turner Ward
6 P.J. Forbes
7 Matt Walbeck
8 Kelly Stinnett
9 Valerio de los Santos
10 Josh Hancock
11 Brian Powell
12 Paul Abbott
13 Todd Jones
14 A.J. Hinch
15 Ramon Martinez
16 Matt Kata
17 Aquilino Lopez
18 Adam Bernero

This is a continuing series looking at those players who spent time with the Phillies but possess no baseball card proof of their time in Philadelphia.  In some cases, the First and Last Mainstream cards listed above have been subjectively chosen if multiple cards were released in that year.

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