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Top 30 Las Vegas 51s Players:

20. Carlos Baerga (1989, ‘99)

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Vancouver's Jeff Ball is out at second base as Las Vegas second baseman Carlos Baerga turns a double play at Cashman Field Sunday, June 6, 1999. ETHAN MILLER / LAS VEGAS SUN --

Carlos Baerga played two seasons for Las Vegas during his minor leauge career. He started with the Las Vegas Stars in 1989 and returned a decade later to Las Vegas in 1999 for 21 games.

During his first stint in Las Vegas, Baerga was among team leaders with 143 hits, 74 RBIs, 28 doubles and 10 home runs while batting .275 in 132 games.

In December 1989, as a member of the San Diego Padres organization, Baerga was traded to the Cleveland Indians along with Sandy Alomar, Jr. and Chris James in exchange for power-hitter Joe Carter. It was one of the most significant trades in recent memory, helping set-up Cleveland to be a force.

Baerga debuted as a major league baseball player with the Indians on April 14, 1990, and played mostly at third baseman and shortstop that season.

Over the next four years, his home run and batting average numbers rose steadily turning the Puerto Rican native into a three-time All-Star selection (1992,1993, 1995).

Baerga played for seven big league teams from 1990 to 2005, his final season with the Washington Nationals. During his Major League career, Baerga hit 134 home runs and drove in 774 runs while batting .291.

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