Wednesday, January 14, 2015

#356 Freddie Benavides

About the Front: Is Freddie Benavides that small, or is the lettering on the back of Cincinnati's jerseys that large? I wouldn't expect a nine-letter surname to spread into a player's armpits.

About the Back: He had to have one heck of a glove in order to spend any time in the big leagues. As a minor league player, Freddie had a career batting line of .234/.287/.300.

Triple Play:

1. Benavides was taken by the Rockies with the 28th pick in the 1992 Expansion Draft, sandwiched between the Marlins' choices of outfielder Carl Everett (from the Yankees) and pitcher David Weathers (from the Blue Jays).

2. Freddie had only four career home runs, none bigger than his go-ahead three-run shot off of the Phillies' Roger Mason in the bottom of the eighth inning on August 19, 1993. It capped a five-run rally in a 6-5 Colorado win.

3. He has coached and managed in the Reds' organization since 1999, primarily serving as the minor league infield coordinator.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I always loved the name "Freddie Benavides". It's just lyrical, rolls off of the tongue.

Bill James Said: "In Colorado, he hit .387 with a .591 slugging percentage; on the road, .208 and .258." When the major leagues came to Mile High Stadium in 1993, it truly was unlike anything contemporary fans had ever seen.

On This Date in 1993: January 14. The Athletics trade DH Harold Baines to the Orioles for a pair of minor league pitchers.

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