Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Player Profile: Jeff Bennett

I have one card of Jeff Bennett, from 2004 SP Prospects.

Playing career: Jeff Bennett has pitched professionally since 1998, including parts of four seasons in the major leagues with Milwaukee, Atlanta and Tampa Bay. In 179 major league games, he is 8-17 with 3 saves and a 4.30 ERA.

Where he is now: In 2013 he pitched at Lancaster in the Atlantic League, going 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA in six games, and at Tabasco in the Mexican League, going 8-3 with 6 saves and a 4.15 ERA in 25 games.

Interesting facts: On June 25, 2009, Bennett was struggling in a game against the Yankees, and punched a door in between innings. He broke a bone in hand, and, embarrassed about what he had done, pushed the protruding bone back into place and went back out to pitch, giving up  a home run to Nick Swisher.

My memories: I don’t remember Bennett at all, but I do remember that game on my birthday, which was part of a series that helped turn the Yankees’ season around in 2009 and propelled them to the World Championship.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Jeff Ben, ahead of Jeff Benjamin, the General Counsel of Avon. There are no mentions of the ballplayer on the first page of Google results; most refer to a voice-over actor.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Jose Bennett.

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