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Orlando Guerrero

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Orlando Guerrero Piña (Bebe)

Biographical Information[edit]

Orlando Guerrero was a top amateur star in the Dominican Republic.

Guerrero hit .345 for the Dominican national team in the 1976 Amateur World Series. He set a Dominican amateur record with 44 steals (in 45 games) in 1977. The next year, he led the Dominican amateur loop in average (.388), steals (32) and triples (12). He batted .349 in the 1978 Central American and Caribbean Games. In 1979, he was named MVP of the amateur league, which he led in runs (56), triples (11), swipes (33) and average (.389). He hit .250 in the 1979 Pan American Games, when the Dominicans took the Silver Medal.

In the 1981 Intercontinental Cup, Bebe batted .368 and was named the All-Star second baseman. His team took the Bronze. During the 1982 Central American and Caribbean Games, he stole the most bases (6) and the Dominicans upset the Cuban national team for the Gold. He played in the 1982 Amateur World Series and batted .390 in the 1983 Pan American Games. In the 1984 Amateur World Series, Orlando again was a top second baseman, hitting .306/.350/.333 and stealing 5 bases in 6 tries. He tied Pete Stanicek for third in the event in swipes, trailing Cuban legend Victor Mesa and Wilfred Martiszoon. He hit .333 in the 1984 Olympics and played in the 1986 Central American and Caribbean Games, 10 years after his national team debut.