8 thoughts on “New guy on Baseball Tonight”

  1. He’s the original Marlins first baseman, whom the WWL has sprung on us without warning. He’s a big guy, maybe he just forced his way into the studio. I caught one double superlative (something like “most steadiest” — I don’t remember exactly) in his very first segment.

    He was more coherent than Olney, though.

  2. I get a big kick out of the fact the “analysts” on Baseball Tonight never know which camera they should be facing when they’re speaking. Reminds me of the student-run news program back at UGA.

  3. If I remember correctly, they labeled him their cleanup hitter and he had not hit a single major league home run to that point.

    Ok, I just checked baseball-reference.com and he actually had hit one. He hit 20 in 1993, but that was his only full season. Does anyone know what happened to him?

  4. Biography:
    Whether it was as a Cuban born American helping young Latin players as he moved through the minor leagues, or as a power-hitting slugger in Japan, or as a veteran creating stability to the expansion Florida Marlins in their first year, Orestes Destrade has been a leader. Fluent in English, Spanish, and Japanese, Destrade played parts of five seasons in Japan with the Seibu Lions and held the Pacific League in home runs and RBI’s for three consecutive season (’90-’92). He belted 42 round trippers in 1990; 39 in 1991; and 41 in 1992. In 1989, his first season in Japan, Destrade hit 32 home runs in only 83 games, after joining the Lions in late May. With Destrade in the lineup, the Lions made up 11 ½ games in the standings and moved to first place in August. Destrade started his professional baseball career in the Yankees minor league system after college. In 1987 and 1988, he played with New York Yankees and the Pittsburgh Pirates before starting his spectacular career in Japan. When he returned to the Major Leagues in 1993, he helped the Florida Marlins kick off their inaugural season at first base with 20 home runs and 87 runs batted in.

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