Friday, February 7, 2014

Player Profile: Mike Benjamin

I have 27 cards of Mike Benjamin. This one is from 2001 Topps.

Playing career: Mike Benjamin played thirteen seasons in the major leagues as a good-field, no-hit middle infielder (.229 lifetime hitter). Ironically, he is best remembered for getting fourteen hits in three consecutive games, a major league record. From June 11-14, 1995, he got 14 hits in 18 at bats, a .778 batting average. In his other 168 at bats that season, he only got 27 hits – a .160 batting average.

My memories: I remember him getting a lot of attention for that hitting streak, and was surprised to look over his stats and realize what a mediocre hitter he actually was.

Where he is now: Assistant Coach at Arizona State.

Interesting facts: His son, Mike Jr., was drafted by the Rockies in 2013. At Class-A Tri-City he hit .233 with 0 HR and 30 RBI.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Mike Benj, ahead of Mike Benjamin MIT, an ocean engineering research scientist. The first entry when you google Mike Benjamin is not the ballplayer but a wedding musician in Martha’s Vineyard.

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

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