dann bilardello, 1986 topps #253, Reds

Player: Bilardello, Dann

Card: 1986 Topps #253

Position: C

Dann James Bilardello (born May 26, 1959 in Santa Cruz, CA) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) catcher who played over eight seasons for the for the Reds, Expos, Pirates and Padres.

Drafted by the [Los Angeles Dodgers] in the 1st round of the 1978 MLB amateur draft, Dan made his MLB début with the Cincinnati Reds on April 11, 1983. In 1984, his 41.5% caught stealing percentage led the National League. In 1985, he improved on that rate at 48.8% – catching 20 of 41 would-be base stealers. Playing in a total of eight MLB seasons, Dan appeared in his final game with the San Diego Padres on October 4, 1992. His minor league playing career spanned a total of 16 seasons from 1978 to 1994.

Following his playing career, Bilardello has managed in the minor leagues, In 2020, he led the Batavia Muckdogs to the Pinckney Division championship. See Dann react to former teammate Tony Gwynn’s passing here.

His son Davis was drafted in the 43rd round of the 2004 MLB draft.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


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