Bruce Benedict

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Bruce Edwin Benedict

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Biographical Information[edit]

Benedict with Smokey the Bear in 1988

Catcher Bruce Benedict spent his entire 12-year major league career with the Atlanta Braves. A light-hitting backstop whose strength was defense and his ability to run a pitching staff, he was twice an All-Star, in 1981 and 1983. 1983 was his best season, as he hit .298 and drew 61 walks for a solid .385 on-base percentage in a career-high 134 games. He had almost no power though, never hitting more than 5 homers or 14 doubles in a season.

After his playing days ended, he was a New York Mets coach from 1997 to 1999. In 2011, Benedict was a pro scout for the St. Louis Cardinals, a position he has held since at least 2008.

His father, Dave Benedict, was a minor league pitcher from 1950 to 1958, and a coach at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His son Griffin Benedict played in the minors.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 2-time NL All-Star (1981 & 1983)

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1993 Danville Braves Appalachian League 38-30 3rd Atlanta Braves
1994 Greenville Braves Southern League 73-63 3rd Atlanta Braves
1995 Greenville Braves Southern League 59-83 9th Atlanta Braves
1996 Norfolk Tides International League 6-2 2nd New York Mets Lost in 1st round replaced Bobby Valentine (76-57) on August 26

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