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Mike Benjamin

Michael Paul Benjamin

Positions: Shortstop, Third Baseman and Second Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: November 22, 1965 in Euclid, OH
High School: Bellflower HS (Bellflower, CA)
Schools: Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ), Cerritos College (Norwalk, CA)
Drafted
by the San Francisco Giants in the 3rd round of the 1987 amateur draft.
Signed June 14, 1987. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 7, 1989 (Age 23.227)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1991 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Pirates/Giants/RedSox/Phillies 1989-2002

Final Game: September 28, 2002 (Age 36.310)
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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
1989 23 SFG NL 14 6 6 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .167 .167 .333 -3 1 0 0 0 0 0 /6
1990 24 SFG NL 22 59 56 7 12 3 1 2 3 1 0 3 10 .214 .254 .411 .665 83 23 2 0 0 0 1 6
1991 25 SFG NL 54 120 106 12 13 3 0 2 8 3 0 7 26 .123 .188 .208 .396 14 22 1 2 3 2 2 6/5
1992 26 SFG NL 40 82 75 4 13 2 1 1 3 1 0 4 15 .173 .215 .267 .482 39 20 1 0 3 0 1 6/5
1993 27 SFG NL 63 165 146 22 29 7 0 4 16 0 0 9 23 .199 .264 .329 .593 61 48 3 4 6 0 2 465
1994 28 SFG NL 38 75 62 9 16 5 1 1 9 5 0 5 16 .258 .343 .419 .762 103 26 1 3 5 0 1 64/5
1995 29 SFG NL 68 202 186 19 41 6 0 3 12 11 1 8 51 .220 .256 .301 .557 50 56 3 1 7 0 3 56/4
1996 30 PHI NL 35 118 103 13 23 5 1 4 13 3 1 12 21 .223 .316 .408 .724 91 42 2 2 1 0 5 6/4
1997 31 BOS AL 49 123 116 12 27 9 1 0 7 2 3 4 27 .233 .262 .328 .590 52 38 2 1 1 1 0 56/43D1
1998 32 BOS AL 124 385 349 46 95 23 0 4 39 3 0 15 73 .272 .312 .372 .684 76 130 11 6 13 2 1 4653/D
1999 33 PIT NL 110 404 368 42 91 26 7 1 37 10 1 20 90 .247 .288 .364 .652 64 134 3 2 11 3 3 64/5
2000 34 PIT NL 93 255 233 28 63 18 2 2 19 5 4 12 45 .270 .313 .391 .704 78 91 4 3 6 1 0 564/3
2001 Did not play in major leagues (Injured)
2002 36 PIT NL 108 130 120 7 18 2 1 0 3 0 4 7 31 .150 .202 .183 .385 2 22 5 1 1 1 0 564/3D9
13 Yrs 818 2124 1926 227 442 109 15 24 169 44 14 106 429 .229 .277 .339 .616 61 653 38 25 57 10 19
162 Game Avg. 162 421 381 45 88 22 3 5 33 9 3 21 85 .229 .277 .339 .616 61 129 8 5 11 2 4
SFG (7 yrs) 299 709 637 79 125 26 3 13 51 21 1 36 142 .196 .250 .308 .557 53 196 11 10 24 2 10
PIT (3 yrs) 311 789 721 77 172 46 10 3 59 15 9 39 166 .239 .281 .343 .624 58 247 12 6 18 5 3
BOS (2 yrs) 173 508 465 58 122 32 1 4 46 5 3 19 100 .262 .300 .361 .661 70 168 13 7 14 3 1
PHI (1 yr) 35 118 103 13 23 5 1 4 13 3 1 12 21 .223 .316 .408 .724 91 42 2 2 1 0 5
NL (11 yrs) 645 1616 1461 169 320 77 14 20 123 39 11 87 329 .219 .270 .332 .602 59 485 25 18 43 7 18
AL (2 yrs) 173 508 465 58 122 32 1 4 46 5 3 19 100 .262 .300 .361 .661 70 168 13 7 14 3 1

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
1989 23 SFG NL 14 6 -1 -0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 0 -0 -0.1 .495 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 /6
1990 24 SFG NL 22 59 -0 1 -0 1 1 2 0.2 2 4 0.4 .509 .501 0.2 0.2 3 $105,000 6
1991 25 SFG NL 54 120 -12 1 1 3 2 -5 -0.5 4 -1 -0.2 .490 .497 -0.6 0.6 -4 $110,000 6/5
1992 26 SFG NL 40 82 -6 0 0 4 2 -1 -0.1 2 2 0.2 .498 .499 -0.3 0.6 -2 $150,000 6/5
1993 27 SFG NL 63 165 -9 1 1 6 2 1 0.1 5 6 0.6 .502 .501 -0.1 0.9 -0 $142,500 465
1994 28 SFG NL 38 75 1 0 -0 7 1 10 1.0 2 13 1.3 .528 .507 0.5 0.9 5 $225,000 64/5
1995 29 SFG NL 68 202 -12 2 0 7 2 -2 -0.2 6 5 0.4 .498 .499 -0.3 0.9 -3 $320,000 56/4
1996 30 PHI NL 35 118 -1 -0 0 3 2 4 0.3 4 7 0.7 .511 .502 0.4 0.4 5 $325,000 6/4
1997 31 BOS AL 49 123 -8 -1 0 5 1 -3 -0.2 5 2 0.2 .494 .498 -0.3 0.6 -3 56/43D1
1998 32 BOS AL 124 385 -14 2 -0 17 3 6 0.7 14 21 2.0 .505 .504 0.4 1.9 4 $242,500 4653/D
1999 33 PIT NL 110 404 -22 4 1 15 6 3 0.2 13 16 1.4 .503 .502 0.0 1.9 1 $700,000 64/5
2000 34 PIT NL 93 255 -8 0 1 8 3 4 0.3 8 12 1.0 .504 .502 0.2 1.0 3 $700,000 564/3
2002 36 PIT NL 108 130 -17 -2 -0 2 2 -15 -1.6 4 -11 -1.2 .486 .490 -1.4 0.4 -13 $925,000 564/3D9
13 Seasons 818 2124 -109 7 2 79 27 5 0.1 69 75 6.8 .500 .500 -1.2 10.5 -4 $3,945,000
SFG (7 yrs) 299 709 -40 4 1 29 10 6 0.5 22 28 2.7 .502 .500 -0.6 4.2 -2 $1,052,500
PIT (3 yrs) 311 789 -47 2 1 25 10 -8 -1.1 25 17 1.3 .497 .498 -1.2 3.3 -9 $2,325,000
BOS (2 yrs) 173 508 -22 1 -0 21 4 4 0.4 19 23 2.2 .502 .502 0.1 2.5 1 $242,500
PHI (1 yr) 35 118 -1 -0 0 3 2 4 0.3 4 7 0.7 .511 .502 0.4 0.4 5 $325,000

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
1998 32 BOS AL ALDS CLE L 4 13 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .091 .167 .091 .258 1 0 0 1 0 0
1 ALDS 4 13 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .091 .167 .091 .258 1 0 0 1 0 0

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1997 31 BOS AL 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3.11 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 Did not play in major leagues (Injured)
1 Yr 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3.11 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
162 Game Avg. 0 0 0.00 68 0 68 0 0 0 68 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 204 3.11 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
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Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1997 31 BOS AL 1.0 1 0 0 0.00 4.99 0.13 -0.38 100.0 4.48 0 0.0 .0 -0.0 0.0 1 .549 .500
1 Season 1.0 1 0 0 0.00 4.99 0.13 -0.38 100.0 4.48 0 0.0 .0 -0.0 0.0 1 .549 .500

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 SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1989 SFG NL 23 SS 8 0 0 17.0 8 4 4 0 0 1.000 0 14 4.24 1.00 .966 4.50 4.53
1990 SFG NL 24 SS 21 16 8 137.1 83 29 53 1 10 .988 1 10 5.37 3.90 .967 4.59 4.56
1991 SFG NL 25 SS 51 34 18 308.0 190 64 123 3 23 .984 3 13 5.46 3.67 .966 4.67 4.65
1991 SFG NL 25 3B 1 0 0 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.70
1992 SFG NL 26 SS 33 25 17 211.2 106 34 71 1 13 .991 4 22 4.46 3.18 .969 4.59 4.60
1992 SFG NL 26 3B 2 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.65
1993 SFG NL 27 2B 23 17 12 158.2 109 54 54 1 23 .991 3 20 6.13 4.70 .980 5.16 5.13
1993 SFG NL 27 SS 23 9 7 102.1 56 10 45 1 7 .982 2 27 4.84 2.39 .965 4.69 4.66
1993 SFG NL 27 3B 16 14 12 123.2 47 10 34 3 3 .936 1 14 3.20 2.75 .945 2.70 2.68
1994 SFG NL 28 SS 18 8 6 86.0 62 15 45 2 10 .968 5 70 6.28 3.33 .966 4.53 4.50
1994 SFG NL 28 2B 10 7 5 59.1 39 18 20 1 3 .974 1 14 5.76 3.80 .981 5.26 5.23
1994 SFG NL 28 3B 5 1 1 19.0 5 0 5 0 1 1.000 2 95 2.37 1.00 .952 2.65 2.64
1995 SFG NL 29 3B 43 30 24 288.2 110 29 77 4 3 .964 5 22 3.30 2.47 .946 2.77 2.76
1995 SFG NL 29 SS 16 7 4 89.1 45 15 30 0 6 1.000 2 34 4.53 2.81 .968 4.50 4.49
1995 SFG NL 29 2B 8 4 3 43.1 21 7 14 0 0 1.000 -1 -19 4.36 2.63 .984 5.25 5.22
1996 PHI NL 30 SS 31 30 23 252.1 130 37 87 6 14 .954 3 13 4.42 4.00 .967 4.60 4.57
1996 PHI NL 30 2B 1 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 4.50 1.00 .980 4.95 5.10
1997 BOS AL 31 3B 19 14 11 136.0 56 13 39 4 4 .929 2 19 3.44 2.74 .953 2.67 2.65
1997 BOS AL 31 SS 16 10 9 99.1 48 17 29 2 4 .958 2 22 4.17 2.88 .974 4.55 4.51
1997 BOS AL 31 2B 5 4 4 37.1 25 14 11 0 6 1.000 -0 -6 6.03 5.00 .980 4.92 4.88
1997 BOS AL 31 1B 4 0 0 5.0 8 6 2 0 1 1.000 1 192 14.40 2.00 .992 9.36 9.22
1997 BOS AL 31 DH 1 0
1997 BOS AL 31 P 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 1.70 0 0 0
1998 BOS AL 32 2B 87 73 54 635.2 351 160 189 2 40 .994 7 12 4.94 4.01 .978 4.85 4.80
1998 BOS AL 32 SS 20 18 17 162.2 85 26 58 1 11 .988 6 44 4.65 4.20 .972 4.71 4.66
1998 BOS AL 32 3B 11 5 4 61.0 25 6 19 0 0 1.000 3 57 3.69 2.27 .948 2.55 2.52
1998 BOS AL 32 1B 10 4 4 42.2 50 41 9 0 3 1.000 2 42 10.55 5.00 .992 9.43 9.33
1998 BOS AL 32 DH 2 0
1999 PIT NL 33 SS 93 81 73 730.2 446 140 298 8 77 .982 13 21 5.40 4.71 .967 4.42 4.39
1999 PIT NL 33 2B 12 11 10 100.1 52 21 31 0 5 1.000 2 20 4.66 4.33 .981 5.05 5.01
1999 PIT NL 33 3B 6 1 1 18.0 6 1 5 0 0 1.000 0 13 3.00 1.00 .953 2.70 2.67
2000 PIT NL 34 3B 34 19 14 187.1 76 13 61 2 5 .974 2 15 3.56 2.18 .950 2.63 2.61
2000 PIT NL 34 SS 30 15 13 162.2 106 30 74 2 13 .981 4 33 5.75 3.47 .967 4.51 4.47
2000 PIT NL 34 2B 27 20 17 186.0 128 57 71 0 18 1.000 2 10 6.19 4.74 .982 4.96 4.91
2000 PIT NL 34 1B 1 0 0 3.0 4 4 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 12.00 4.00 .992 9.30 9.20
2002 PIT NL 36 3B 62 5 4 141.1 47 13 33 1 3 .979 1 12 2.93 0.74 .957 2.71 2.69
2002 PIT NL 36 SS 15 11 7 88.2 54 18 35 1 5 .981 1 9 5.38 3.53 .970 4.52 4.49
2002 PIT NL 36 2B 11 7 4 72.1 46 23 23 0 6 1.000 0 8 5.72 4.18 .981 4.95 4.92
2002 PIT NL 36 1B 1 0 0 4.0 4 4 0 0 1 1.000 -0 -120 9.00 4.00 .992 9.45 9.30
2002 PIT NL 36 DH 1 0
2002 PIT NL 36 OF 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 2.20
2002 PIT NL 36 RF 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 2.00
13 Seasons SS 375 264 202 2448.0 1419 439 952 28 193 .980 47 23 5.11 3.71 .968 4.55 4.53
10 Seasons 3B 199 89 71 980.0 372 85 273 14 19 .962 17 21 3.29 1.80 .949 2.69 2.68
9 Seasons 2B 184 143 109 1295.0 772 355 413 4 101 .995 13 12 5.34 4.17 .980 4.96 4.92
4 Seasons 1B 16 4 4 54.2 66 55 11 0 5 1.000 2 42 10.87 4.13 .992 9.42 9.29
1 Season RF 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 2.00
1 Season P 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 1.70 0 0 0
1 Season OF 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 1.80 2.20
13 Seasons TOT 776 500 386 4779.2 2629 934 1649 46 318 .983 79 20 4.86 3.33 .969 4.33 4.24 0 0 0
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
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  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1995 Jun 18th NL Player of the Week

Defensive WARs c a p y
1999 NL  1.9 (7th)
Career  10.5 (194th)

Triples s c a p y
1999 NL  7 (9th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1998 AL  13 (2nd)
1999 NL  11 (8th)

Total Zone Runss c a p y
Career  79 (82nd)

Total Zone Runs as 2B s c a p y
1998 AL  7 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as 3B s c a p y
1995 NL  5 (3rd)
Career  17 (73rd)

Total Zone Runs as SS s c a p y
1991 NL  3 (3rd)
1994 NL  5 (5th)
1995 NL  3 (5th)
1999 NL  13 (2nd)
2000 NL  5 (4th)
Career  47 (40th)

Range Factor/9Inn as SSs c a p y
1999 NL  5.40 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1999 NL  4.71 (2nd)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 1 (2437), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 1 (2980), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Shortstop (223rd), 6.8 career WAR/7.5 7yr-peak WAR/7.1 JAWS
Average HOF SS (out of 21) = 66.7 career WAR/42.8 7yr-peak WAR/54.7 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
1990 24 San Francisco Giants $105,000 ? USA Today
1991 25 San Francisco Giants $110,000 ? 1991 USA Today
1992 26 San Francisco Giants $150,000 ? 4/2/92 USA Today
1993 27 San Francisco Giants $142,500 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1
1994 28 San Francisco Giants $225,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1
1995 29 San Francisco Giants $320,000 ? 1996 Joint Exhibit 1 Includes $20,000 earned bonus
1996 30 Philadelphia Phillies $325,000 ? 1997 Joint Exhibit 1
1998 32 Boston Red Sox $242,500 ? 4/3/98 USA Today
1999 33 Pittsburgh Pirates $700,000 ? 4/6/99 USA Today
2000 34 Pittsburgh Pirates $700,000 ? 4/5/00 AP
2001 35 Pittsburgh Pirates $925,000 ? 4/6/01 USA Today
2002 36 Pittsburgh Pirates $925,000 ? 4/3/02 AP
Career to date (may be incomplete)$4,870,000
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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