Juan Bautista Berenguer
(born November 30, 1954, in Aguadulce, Panama) was a Major
League Baseball pitcher for the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins and other teams.
had a career record of 67 wins
losses. He signed with the Mets as an amateur free agent in
Berenguer went 8-1 (3.94) for the 1987
Minnesota Twins and 8-4 (3.96) in 1988.
Extremely wild as a youngster, he learned to harness his
90-plus-mph fastball, which he liked to throw inside, and added a
forkball. His effectiveness was aided by his intimidating
appearance and disposition. A mean-looking, husky Panamanian with
long hair and a mustache, he was called "Pancho Villa" by his
teammates. Twins fans admiringly referred to him as "Senor Smoke"
or "El Gasolino," due to his mid-90s mph fastball.
In 1987, Berenguer also started a local craze due to his on-field
dance, which fans dubbed "The Berenguer Boogie."
Berenguer suffered one of Major League Baseball's oddest off-field
injuries while pitching for Atlanta in 1991. On an off day, while
he was home wrestling with his kids, he broke his pitching arm and
ended up missing the remainder of the season, also missing out on
the Braves' Cinderella run to the World Series that year. After
retiring from MLB, he pitched for the Northern League Baseball