Sunday, February 16, 2014

Player Profile: Joaquin Benoit

I have three cards of Joaquin Benoit. This one is from 2007 Upper Deck.

Playing career: Joaquin Benoit came up with the Rangers in 2001 and pitched eight mostly undistinguished years with Texas, first as a starter, then as a reliever. He missed all of 2009 due to rotator cuff surgery, then had a great season with Tampa Bay as a middle reliever. He then went to Detroit where he had three very solid seasons as a set-up man and, in 2013, as a closer with 24 saves.

Where he is now: He signed with the Padres for 2014 to be their main set-up man.

My memories: He’s a familiar name from being in the league for so long but no specific memories.

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Joaq, between Joaquin Phoenix and Joaquin Phoenix Her, which refer to an actor and his movie. There do not appear to be any other prominent Joaquin Benoits.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Joe Benson.

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