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Bruce Benedict

Bruce Edwin Benedict

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: August 18, 1955 in Birmingham, AL
School: University of Nebraska at Omaha (Omaha, NE)
Drafted
by the Atlanta Braves in the 5th round of the 1976 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: August 18, 1978 (Age 23.000)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1979 season [*]
Team: Braves 1978-1989

Final Game: September 11, 1989 (Age 34.024)
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Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1978 22 ATL NL 22 58 52 3 13 2 0 0 1 0 0 6 6 .250 .328 .288 .616 66 15 0 0 0 0 2 2
1979 23 ATL NL 76 242 204 14 46 11 0 0 15 1 3 33 18 .225 .331 .279 .610 64 57 4 0 2 2 3 2
1980 24 ATL NL 120 402 359 18 91 14 1 2 34 3 3 28 36 .253 .308 .315 .623 73 113 11 1 13 1 8 *2
1981 ★ 25 ATL NL 90 339 295 26 78 12 1 5 35 1 1 33 21 .264 .341 .363 .704 98 107 8 3 5 3 4 *2 AS
1982 26 ATL NL 118 438 386 34 95 11 1 3 44 4 4 37 40 .246 .315 .303 .618 71 117 10 3 7 3 9 *2
1983 ★ 27 ATL NL 134 494 423 43 126 13 1 2 43 1 3 61 24 .298 .385 .348 .733 99 147 12 1 4 3 16 *2 AS
1984 28 ATL NL 95 340 300 26 67 8 1 4 25 1 2 34 25 .223 .301 .297 .598 64 89 9 1 1 4 3 2
1985 29 ATL NL 70 237 208 12 42 6 0 0 20 0 1 22 12 .202 .279 .231 .510 42 48 8 1 4 2 1 2
1986 30 ATL NL 64 183 160 11 36 10 1 0 13 1 0 15 10 .225 .298 .300 .598 63 48 9 2 4 1 1 2
1987 31 ATL NL 37 114 95 4 14 1 0 1 5 0 1 17 15 .147 .277 .189 .466 25 18 2 0 2 0 0 2
1988 32 ATL NL 90 262 236 11 57 7 0 0 19 0 2 19 26 .242 .296 .271 .567 62 64 2 0 5 2 1 2
1989 33 ATL NL 66 186 160 12 31 3 0 1 6 0 0 23 18 .194 .299 .231 .530 53 37 1 1 2 0 4 2
12 Yrs 982 3295 2878 214 696 98 6 18 260 12 20 328 251 .242 .320 .299 .619 71 860 76 13 49 21 52
162 Game Avg. 162 544 475 35 115 16 1 3 43 2 3 54 41 .242 .320 .299 .619 71 142 13 2 8 3 9

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1978 22 ATL NL 22 58 -3 -1 0 2 1 -1 -0.1 2 1 0.1 .496 .500 -0.1 0.3 -1 2
1979 23 ATL NL 76 242 -9 -2 1 -5 4 -11 -1.2 8 -4 -0.4 .484 .492 0.1 -0.1 1 2
1980 24 ATL NL 120 402 -13 -3 -0 6 7 -4 -0.5 14 10 0.9 .496 .497 0.2 1.4 4 *2
1981 ★ 25 ATL NL 90 339 2 -2 0 6 6 12 1.4 12 23 2.6 .515 .508 1.8 1.4 17 $125,000 *2 AS
1982 26 ATL NL 118 438 -12 -2 0 5 7 -2 -0.2 15 13 1.4 .498 .499 0.7 1.4 8 *2
1983 ★ 27 ATL NL 134 494 -2 -1 -1 4 8 8 0.8 17 25 2.5 .507 .506 2.0 1.3 21 *2 AS
1984 28 ATL NL 95 340 -15 -1 0 -1 6 -11 -1.2 12 1 -0.1 .487 .492 -0.0 0.5 2 2
1985 29 ATL NL 70 237 -15 -1 0 2 4 -10 -1.2 8 -2 -0.3 .483 .493 -0.6 0.7 -4 $545,000 2
1986 30 ATL NL 64 183 -5 -0 -1 3 3 -0 -0.1 6 6 0.6 .499 .500 0.2 0.6 3 $565,000 2
1987 31 ATL NL 37 114 -9 -1 -0 -1 2 -10 -1.0 4 -6 -0.6 .472 .494 -0.6 0.1 -5 $615,000 2
1988 32 ATL NL 90 262 -12 -3 0 5 5 -5 -0.6 9 4 0.3 .493 .496 -0.3 1.1 -1 $665,000 2
1989 33 ATL NL 66 186 -10 0 1 6 3 -0 -0.1 6 6 0.5 .500 .500 -0.2 1.0 -0 $395,000 2
12 Seasons 982 3295 -106 -17 1 32 56 -34 -3.9 112 77 7.3 .496 .499 3.0 9.8 45 $2,910,000

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1982 26 ATL NL NLCS STL L 3 10 8 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .250 .400 .375 .775 3 0 0 0 0 0
1 NLCS 3 10 8 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .250 .400 .375 .775 3 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1978 ATL NL 22 C 22 16 10 141.0 96 81 14 1 1 .990 2 17 6.06 4.32 .985 6.17 6.12 0 4 16 11 41% 32% 0
1979 ATL NL 23 C 76 69 55 586.0 385 344 35 6 3 .984 -5 -10 5.82 4.99 .985 6.13 6.11 8 16 65 22 25% 34% 0
1980 ATL NL 24 C 120 111 93 968.2 585 502 76 7 6 .988 6 7 5.37 4.82 .983 6.09 6.10 11 20 76 44 37% 31% 1
1981 ATL NL 25 C 90 86 75 773.0 484 404 73 7 7 .986 6 9 5.55 5.30 .983 5.93 5.95 9 19 83 48 37% 33% 1 AS
1982 ATL NL 26 C 118 111 94 994.1 680 602 73 5 9 .993 5 6 6.11 5.72 .985 6.29 6.30 9 19 92 43 32% 32% 2
1983 ATL NL 27 C 134 128 111 1106.2 836 738 91 7 12 .992 4 4 6.74 6.19 .984 6.57 6.54 4 23 123 55 31% 33% 0 AS
1984 ATL NL 28 C 95 95 81 820.0 546 504 37 5 2 .991 -1 -1 5.94 5.69 .986 6.53 6.51 2 17 85 25 23% 31% 0
1985 ATL NL 29 C 70 67 50 566.0 353 314 35 4 1 .989 2 4 5.55 4.99 .987 6.42 6.42 1 9 65 24 27% 30% 1
1986 ATL NL 30 C 57 49 42 429.0 282 252 28 2 1 .993 3 8 5.87 4.91 .985 6.93 6.94 1 13 27 18 40% 32% 0
1987 ATL NL 31 C 35 28 24 256.0 188 165 21 2 3 .989 -1 -5 6.54 5.31 .987 6.94 6.90 1 5 36 10 22% 29% 1
1988 ATL NL 32 C 89 76 56 651.0 443 384 54 5 3 .989 5 9 6.06 4.92 .987 6.56 6.57 4 10 63 32 34% 29% 0
1989 ATL NL 33 C 65 56 38 489.0 403 361 40 2 2 .995 6 15 7.38 6.17 .986 6.67 6.68 5 9 41 28 41% 32% 0
12 Seasons C 971 892 729 7780.2 5281 4651 577 53 50 .990 32 5 6.05 5.38 .985 6.39 6.40 55 164 772 360 32% 32% 6
12 Seasons TOT 971 892 729 7780.2 5281 4651 577 53 50 .990 32 5 6.05 5.38 .985 6.39 6.40 55 164 772 360 32% 32% 6
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Defensive WARs c a p y
1981 NL  1.4 (5th)
Career  9.8 (228th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1983 NL  .385 (8th)**

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1980 NL  13 (5th)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
1983 NL  16 (5th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1981 NL  14.0 (10th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1980 NL  120 (4th)
1981 NL  90 (5th)
1983 NL  134 (5th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1983 NL  738 (5th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1980 NL  76 (4th)
1981 NL  73 (1st)
1982 NL  73 (5th)
1983 NL  91 (3rd)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1981 NL  7 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1981 NL  7 (4th)
1982 NL  9 (4th)
1983 NL  12 (2nd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1980 NL  11 (2nd)
1981 NL  9 (2nd)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1981 NL  83 (3rd)
1983 NL  123 (3rd)
Career  772 (65th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1981 NL  48 (1st)
1983 NL  55 (5th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1986 NL  40.0 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
1980 NL  6 (5th)
1981 NL  6 (2nd)
1989 NL  6 (5th)
Career  32 (39th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1983 NL  6.74 (5th)
1989 NL  7.38 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1983 NL  6.19 (4th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1980 NL  .988 (4th)
1982 NL  .993 (1st)
1983 NL  .992 (3rd)
1984 NL  .991 (5th)
Career  .990 (97th)

             
A ** by the stat's value indicates the player had fewer than the required number of at bats or plate appearances for the BA, OBP, SLG or OPS title that year. In order to rank the player, the necessary number of hitless at bats were added to the player's season total. The value printed here is their actual value and not the value used to rank them, therefore some numbers may appear out of order. Requirements to qualify for rate stats.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 8 (1316), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 1 (2996), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (203rd), 7.3 career WAR/8.7 7yr-peak WAR/8.0 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1981 25 Atlanta Braves $125,000 ? 4/4/81 TSN
1985 29 Atlanta Braves $545,000 ? 1985 USA Today survey
1986 30 Atlanta Braves $565,000 ? 1986 USA Today survey
1987 31 Atlanta Braves $615,000 ? 1987 USA Today survey
1988 32 Atlanta Braves $665,000* ?
1989 33 Atlanta Braves $395,000* ?
Career to date (may be incomplete)$2,910,000
Disputed Salaries
*1988 - $715,000 - 12/13/88 NYT -
*1989 - $370,000 - 11/1/89 NYT -
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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