Bárbaro Garbey

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Bárbaro Garbey
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Outfielder/First baseman
Born: (1956-12-04) December 4, 1956 (age 60)
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 3, 1984, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1988, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
Batting average .267
Home runs 11
Hits 167
Career highlights and awards

Bárbaro Garbey (/ɡɑːrˈb/ gar-BAY; born December 4, 1956, in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba) is a former utility player in Major League Baseball. Garbey played at outfield, first and third bases, and also served as designated hitter. He batted and threw right-handed.


Garbey defected from Cuba in the Mariel boatlift in 1980.[1] He was signed by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent that year. He reached the majors in 1984 with the Tigers, spending two years with them before moving to the Texas Rangers (1988). He was a member of the Tigers team that defeated the San Diego Padres in the 1984 World Series.

As a rookie in 1984, Garbey played in 110 games, including appearances at first base, 2nd base, 3rd base, DH, and each of the outfield positions. Garbey hit .287 and had more RBIs (52) than several of Detroit's starters, including Howard Johnson, Larry Herndon, and Dave Bergman.

Additionally, in 1983 Barbaro was suspended for attacking a fan after a 10-inning game against Louisville.[2]

Since retiring, Garbey has found steady work coaching in the minor leagues. His most recent stint was as the hitting coach for the Peoria Chiefs (2014-15).

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