Roger Bernadina’s career began with the Washington Nationals in 2008, where he spent portions of six seasons. The outfielder was released by the Nationals in 2013 and he then signed with the Philadelphia Phillies for the remainder of the season.
The best stretch of Bernadina’s career came in 2010-2012 with the Nationals when he played in at least 90 games in each of the years and stole a minimum of 15 bases. However, he tailed
Bernadina joined the Cincinnati Reds this season where he primarily served as a bench player; the 30-year-old appeared in 44 games with the Reds, starting just 12 of them. Bernadina played all three outfield positions for the Reds but hit a lowly .153 and was released in June.
The Dodgers signed Bernadina to a Minor-League deal and he joined the big-league team when rosters expanded in September.
Bernadina appeared in nine games with the Dodgers, none of them as a starter, but shined on the final day of the regular season. Bernadina entered the game in the fifth inning as part of manager Don Mattingly’s efforts to get the regulars some rest with postseason play on the horizon.
In his first at-bat of the game, Bernadina hit a three-run home to extend the Dodgers’ lead to 9-1. Bernadina then came up to the plate in the seventh inning with runners on the corners and drove in another run with an RBI single.
Although not a prolific base stealer, Bernadina poses a threat on the basepaths but never got the opportunity to run with the Dodgers.
Unlike Stephen Fife, who accepted a Triple-A assignment, Bernadina elected to become a free agent and is no longer with the team. His Major-League experience could land him another bench role for a team thin in the outfield, however