Bernardo Calvo

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Biographical Information[edit]

Bernardo Calvo played in and managed in the Mexican League, the highest level of professional baseball in Mexico. He played professionally from 1965 to 1979 and he managed from 1991 to 1997 and in 2005. He was a good contact hitter but had little power or speed.

Calvo was on the Mexican national team that won Silver in the 1965 Amateur World Series. He debuted in 1965 with the FRL Astros, hitting .289. In 1966, he batted .257/.344/.298 for the Cocoa Astros, while fielding .970 at second base. He split 1967 between the Asheville Tourists (.212/.271/.249) and Oklahoma City 89ers (3 for 21, 2B, BB). His 13 sacrifice hits tied Luis Peñalver for the Carolina League lead. He fielded .989 at second base, which would have led the Carolina League if he qualified, but only .857 at third base.

After those three years in the Houston Astros chain, Calvo moved to the Mexican League for the remainder of his career. He hit .309/.376/.372 with 73 runs and a .969 fielding percentage for the 1968 Veracruz Eagle. In 1969, he fell to .278/.350/.336. He stole 8 bases in 8 tries, scored 77 runs and led Mexican League second basemen with a .982 fielding percentage. He was named the league's All-Star second sacker. After not playing in 1970, he posted a .286/.348/.373 line with 7 triples in 1971; moving to the outfield, he registered 13 assists for Veracruz.

In 1972, Bernardo hit .286/.332/.366 with a career-high 7 home runs, 55 RBI and 16 doubles while alternating between second base and the outfield. In '73, he faded to .261/.336/.303 while fielding .978 at second. As a 2B-OF in 1974, he ended his six-year run with Veracruz by batting .313/.377/.355. In 1975, he joined the Rieleros de Aguascalientes and hit .322/.362/.359, missing the league top 10 in average by 9 points. He fielded only .958 at second, his 27 errors leading LMB second basemen.

With the 1976 Rieleros, Calvo produced at a .309/.348/.355 clip as a utility infielder. He bounced around in his final three years. With the 1977 Mexico City Tigers, he hit .285/.334/.319 and fielded .977 at second base. He batted only .231/.276/.272 for the 1978 Cafeteros de Cordoba, while fielding .983 at second. He ended his career with the 1979 Puebla Parrots, hitting .258/.324/.290 as a backup first baseman.

Overall, Calvo hit .288/.340/.341 with 523 runs, 458 RBI and 1,306 hits in 1,305 Mexican League games. He stole only 47 bases in 80 tries and had just 23 career home runs.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1991 Cafeteros de Córdoba Mexican League 48-68 12th
1992 Cafeteros de Córdoba Mexican League 50-79 16th
1993 Pericos de Puebla Mexican League -- -- replaced by Miguel Gaspar
1994 Pericos de Puebla Mexican League -- -- replaced by Moises Camacho
1995 Olmecas de Tabasco Mexican League -- -- replaced by Alexis Infante
1996 Petroleros de Poza Rica Mexican League -- -- replaced Raul Cano, replaced by Jesus Sommers
1997 Piratas de Campeche Mexican League -- -- replaced by Carlos Paz
2005 Pericos de Puebla Mexican League -- -- replaced Armando Cabrera, replaced by Mako Oliveras