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Sunday, January 8, 2023

Dan Berthel made name for himself at Long Beach; Saw three pro seasons, topped out at AA


Dan Berthel's Cal State-Long Beach team started the 1989 season without expectations, outfielder Dan Berthel told The Arizona Daily Star in May 1989.

But, after taking apart the field in the regionals for a ticket to Omaha, the regional MVP Berthel indicated to The Daily Star they seemed to have gained some.

"We wanted to make a name for ourselves," Berthel told The Daily Star then. "And I guess we probably did."

Long Beach ended up bowing out quickly in Omaha. Berthel made enough name for himself to soon turn pro. His pro career lasted three seasons. He topped out at AA.

Berthel's career began that June, taken by the Orioles in the 16th round of the draft out of Cal State-Long Beach.

In Omaha, Berthel continued hitting, though in defeat. He knocked in three runs in their elimination loss against LSU.

Berthel started with the Orioles at short-season Erie. He hit .234 in 55 games, including eight home runs.

He moved to high-A Frederick for 1990. He hit .267 there in 110 games. He singled, stole a base and scored in an April game.

For 1991, Berthel returned to Frederick for 41 games and saw 11 at AA Hagerstown. He went 5 for 31 at Hagerstown. That season marked his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,107
Made the Majors:1,360-33.1%
Never Made Majors:2,747-66.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:553
10+ Seasons in the Minors:336

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