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Friday, July 28, 2023

Dan Barbara made AA in 3 seasons, later entered bar business

Dan Barbara 1990 Peninsula Pilots card

Dan Barbara didn't like pitchers and on this night wit high-A Peninsula in 1990, it showed as he went 4 for 5, The Newport News Daily Press wrote.

"I'm fed up with pitchers," Barbara told The Daily Press. "They're making their money taking my job away."

Barbara had been on the job by that point for three pro seasons. That campaign ended up being his last. He saw those three seasons, briefly making it to AA.

Barbara's career began in 1988, signed by the Mariners as an undrafted free agent out of the University of San Francisco.

Barbara started with the Mariners in the rookie Arizona League. He hit .253 in 30 games. 

The catcher then moved to single-A Wausau and single-A San Bernardino for 1989. He hit .210 in 86 games between them. 

For 1990, he moved to Peninsula. He was also soon joined in pro ball by his brother, Don Barbara. Don Barbara ultimately played six pro seasons. 

That July, Dan Barbara spoke to The Los Angeles Times about his brother and his own prospects. Dan Barbara then was a backup to a higher-priority player, a frustrating prospect.

"But if they want me to back him up all the way to the big leagues," Barbara told The Times then. "I don't mind at all." 

Barbara saw 79 games at Peninsula that year and two at AA Williamsport. He hit .282 overall to end his career.

Barbara has since settled in Texas and owned a bar. In 2019, he renamed it Yogi's Home Plate. 

Dan Barbara 1990 Peninsula Pilots card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,194
Made the Majors:1,378-32.9%
Never Made Majors:2,816-67.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:560
10+ Seasons in the Minors:344

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