Bergeron, a future candidate for the lead-off spot, showed his patience at the plate and flashed his quickness in his brief stint with the Expos after having his contract purchased on September 7 from the AAA Ottawa Lynx... Scored 12 runs in 12 starts in left field with the help of 11 hits (two doubles) and nine walks... Appeared in 16 games and batted second 11 times... Made his Major League debut the night of his call-up vs the Rockies and went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and two runs scored while reaching base four times... His first hit was a solid single in the 8th inning off Jerry Dipoto... Hit safely in his first four games from September 7-10, going 5-for-13 with three walks and four runs scored... Collected his first RBI on September 13 at L.A., grounding out to second base... Went 2-for-4 vs Kevin Brown on September 14 in a 3-0 win at Dodger Stadium... Scored three runs on October 2 at Philadelphia... After suffering through bouts of shoulder tendinitis most of the season, he underwent a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test on September 21 at Jupiter Medical Center... Underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder on October 6 at Montreal's St. Mary's Hospital... The surgery, which was performed by Dr. Larry Coughlin, showed a slight rotator cuff tear... Spent part of the offseason rehabilitating at the Expos Jupiter complex with strength and conditioning coordinator Sean Cunningham.
Bergeron started the season at AA Harrisburg where he batted .327 in 42 games... Moved up to AAA Ottawa on May 28 where he batted .314 in 58 games... Batted .322 (58-for-180) in 44 games as the Lynx lead-off man... Batted a combined .320 (114-for-356) in 100 games in the Minors... Was limited to pinch-hit and designated hitter duties from August 5-27 due to right shoulder tendinitis... Won the silver medal as a member of the U.S. team in the Pan-American Games in Winnipeg from July 25-August 2 along with Harrisburg's Milton Bradley... Harrisburg's Jeremy Ware was the other Expos representative, playing for team Canada... Batted .217 (5-for-23), double, RBI, four walks and a stolen base in the tournament... Played in the inaugural Future Stars Game at Fenway Park on July 11... The game, which was part of the All-Star Game festivities, featured the best young players in the game from North America vs the best players from the rest of the World... Walked in his only plate appearance... Joined five other Expos who made their debuts at the age of 21: Michael Barrett ('98) Jeremy Powell ('98), Javier Vazquez ('98), Ugueth Urbina ('95) and Rondell White ('93)... Vladimir Guerrero was 20 when he made his debut in September 1996.