Friday, February 21, 2014

Player Profile: Todd Benzinger

I have 62 cards of Todd Benzinger. This one is from 1988 Classic Blue.

Playing career: First baseman Todd Benzinger came up with the Red Sox in 1987, having a solid rookie season. He was the regular first baseman for the Red Sox in 1988 and Reds in 1989 and 1990, but did not hit well enough to be a regular major league first baseman. He bounced around as a backup for several other teams (Royals, Dodgers, Giants) through 1995.

My memories: I remember him as part of a big Red Sox rookie class that included Ellis Burks and Sam Horn in 1987. I also remember watching him catch the last out of the 1990 World Series.

Where he is now: He does some youth coaching an minor league broadcasting in Dayton, OH.

Google Autocomplete results: He is fifth when you type Todd Ben, between Todd Bentley 2013 and Todd Bentley Scandal, both of which refer to a controversial minister. There do not appear to be any other prominent Todd Benzingers.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Jeff Berblinger.

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