A member of the Cuban national team, Garbey fled to the U.S. in the 1980 "Freedom
Flotilla." While hitting .321 for Evansville (American Association) in 1983, he was
suspended for a month during an investigation of charges that he had fixed games
while in Cuba, but was exonerated. He was suspended a second time in 1983 after threatening
a heckling fan with a bat.
He joined the Tigers in 1984 and batted .287 for the
World Champions. He was an aggressive, line-drive hitter, but could not play any
position well. His temperamental behavior led to his November 1985 trade to the A's,
with whom he never appeared. He played in Mexico before resurfacing with the Rangers
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»March 2, 1995: The 1st-ever trade of replacement players is made between the Reds and Indians. The Reds obtain former major league Barbaro Garbey and four others in return for "future considerations."