In November 1985, the Texas Rangers signed 20-year old Sierra out of Puerto Rico. Sierra made his major league debut on June 1, 1986 as an outfielder and hit a home run in just his second MLB at bat becoming the first Texas Rangers player to accomplish this feat. Sierra had a decent rookie year hitting .264 with 16 home runs and 55 RBIs.
In 1989, Sierra hit 29 home runs, and led the league in RBI (119), slugging (.543), and extra bases (78). Despite superior numbers, he finished second in MVP voting to Robin Yount. He went on to have 3 years with 100+ RBIs with the Rangers. In August 1992, the Rangers traded Sierra to the Oakland Athletics for José Canseco. He later played more years with both the Rangers and A’s.
In 1995, the A’s traded Sierra to the New York Yankees for Danny Tartabull. After helping the Yankees reach the playoffs for the first time in 14 years in 1995, Sierra was traded to the Detroit Tigers for Cecil Fielder. Sierra was considered a journeyman because of playing for numerous teams during the late-1990s, including the Reds, Blue Jays, White Sox, Mets, and Indians. In 2003, during Sierra’s third stint with the Rangers, he was traded back to the Yankees, who were looking for a power-hitter off the bench. Sierra was an important part of the 2004 Yankees, a team that hit over 240 home runs. Sierra himself slugged 17 of those homers as the usual designated hitter.
In Game 4 of the 2004 American League Division Series, with the Yankees down to the Minnesota Twins 5-2, Sierra hit a 3-run home run to tie the game at 5-5 off of reliever Juan Rincón. His clutch home run helped the Yankees rally to win the game and the series. Sierra had an injury plagued 2005 season and was let go by the Yankees. In 2006, Sierra signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins, but was released on July 10. In August, Sierra was offered a chance to sign on with the New York Mets for the September run and playoffs. However, due to family issues (illness to his mother), he opted not to play again in 2006.
Thanks to Mr. Sierra for returning the baseball in a timely matter!! Wicked out!!