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Juan Berenguer
Juan Berenguer
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 323 of 1043 players
Juan Bautista Berenguer
Born: November 30, 1954 at Aguadulce, Panama
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 5.11 Weight: 215

Juan Berenguer was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on November 30, 2008.


First Mets game: August 17, 1978
Last Mets game: September 27, 1980

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Jim F
May 26, 2001
I sat behind the Mets dugout the first time I saw him pitch. He threw some smoke. A really heavy ball.

During his warmups, you could plainly hear: "POP"



When he faced batters it was a different story.

June 22, 2001
The Panamanian looked like an evil bandido from a '40s Hollywood film, but he turned out to be a good pitcher. A key part of Sparky's '84 Tigers, if I recall. Rich "El Guapo" Garces of the Bosox is a more pleasant-looking version.

December 26, 2001
I vividly remember Joe Torre bringing him against the Giants in the late 70's. I think he walked half the team. I think I saw his mug in on the post office wall not too long ago.

Larry Burns
June 3, 2002
Finalist in the "Ugliest Man to Ever Play for the Mets" Award. He threw smoke, but he did not have a great career. He might have given up one of the longest home runs I ever saw at Shea, hit by Claudell Washington. If you looked at his big gapped tooth and slacked jaw you would understand the power of intimidation. Unfortunately it did not work on major league sluggers. Decent pitcher, ugly guy.

a mets fan
November 24, 2002
This guy really reminds me of Stan Belinda. He was not a bad pitcher but not great. I saw him in a Braves uniform at Shea because I had gotten seats by the away bullpen, and I could swear he said he wished he was a Met again.

Mr. Sparkle
March 6, 2003
His nickname was "Pancho Villa" which fits perfectly.

Joe "Metsie" Feltman
April 29, 2003
Looks like the guy that killed Humphery Bogart in "Treasure of Sierra Madre." The guy that says "Badges? We don't need no stinking badges!"

A lot of potential, no neck, but stunk. As a young Met fan, was always hoping for him to become a Hispanic Jeff Reardon, but never happened.

Oh well!

clubhouse report
April 30, 2003
Berenguer not only won a World Series with the 1984 Tigers, he also pitched for the 1987 Twins. I believe that David Cone is the only other Met who won titles with two different teams after leaving the Mets. Thankfully though, I don't believe Berenguer, like Cone, will ever return to the team.

Steven Gallanter
September 14, 2003
Has anyone noticed Juan Berenguer's resemblance in physique, pitching style and statistics to Aurelio "El Lanzallama" Lopez the former Tiger and Astro who passed away a few years ago.

Both were bulky, harthrowing releivers of Mexican descent with unverifiable birthdates.

They were teamates on the '84 Tigers for whom Berenguer relieved and started occasionally.

Am I the only person who has noticed the similiarities?

Jonathan Stern
December 21, 2005
All I remember about Berenguer is that he kept showing up on winning teams. Like too many others, we could have used him after 1986.

pete hamner
September 16, 2007
Juan was a spring training legend. I met him in St Pete in 75. Man he could "bring it." Players would just line up to watch him warm up in the pen. A big friendly guy who would just rare back and fire. Not much clue of where it was going however. People talk about how hard he threw in the bigs, they should have seen him in the low minors. They didn't have radar guns much in those days but I'll bet he was up around 100 with a slider around 95 that broke 1 inch...if that. Unbelievable.

david lozano
October 13, 2008
Teammate of mine. 1976-77 Mets had a lot of talent in the organization. He was one of them. Finally got to the big leagues under the direction of a great pitching coach and his eventual manager Roger Craig.

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