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Benjamin Isaac Broussard

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First baseman Ben Broussard played college baseball at McNeese State University and was undrafted after his junior year there. As a senior in 1999, he hit .438 with 27 home runs and 91 RBIs, and he holds the school's career records for runs, hits, homers, and RBIs.

Broussard was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the second round of the 1999 amateur draft. He made his pro debut that year with the Billings Mustangs and hit .407 to win the Pioneer League batting crown. He was then promoted to the Clinton LumberKings, where he hit .550 with a pair of homers in 5 games. His third stop that year was the AA Chattanooga Lookouts. In 35 games at that level, he added 8 home runs and 21 RBIs.

Broussard returned to Chattanooga in 2000 and started the season hitting .353 before being sidelined by a broken wrist. But he recovered the next season and won the Southern League batting title with a .320 mark. In the 2001 Baseball World Cup, he hit .174/.345/.174 for Team USA as the starting first baseman, having one of the weakest tourneys by an American. He began the 2002 campaign with the Louisville Bats, but was traded to the Cleveland Indians for Russell Branyan in June. After the trade, he played for the Buffalo Bisons for a time before being called up by the Indians and making his big league debut on June 22nd. He returned to Buffalo and was back with the Indians again in September.

After suffering an injury in spring training, Broussard began his 2003 season back at Buffalo. He was recalled by the Indians in May and soon became the club's regular first baseman. He began that September with a 10-game hitting streak, but then tailed off, hitting .106 over the remainder of the season. The next two years he remained a starter at first base, putting up fairly consistent numbers in each season.

In 2006, Broussard had his best year in the big leagues. He hit .321 with 13 homers and 46 RBIs for the Indians before being traded to the Seattle Mariners in July for Shin-Soo Choo and Shawn Nottingham. With the Mariners, he hit only .238, but he still ended the year with a career-best .289 average and 21 home runs. Through 2006, Broussard was a .333 hitter with the bases loaded, including 4 grand slams and 51 RBI.

Away from the diamond, Broussard sang and played the guitar. He released a self-titled album of his original works in 2005.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2006)

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