Bruce Edwin Benedict
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 190 lb.
- School University of Nebraska at Omaha
- High School Millard South High School
- Debut August 18, 1978
- Final Game September 11, 1989
- Born August 18, 1955 in Birmingham, AL USA
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, Benedict managed in the Braves' chain from 1993-1995. He was a coach for the Norfolk Tides in 1996 and a New York Mets coach from 1997 to 1999. In 2011, Benedict was a pro scout for the St. Louis Cardinals, a position he 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 and was the bullpen catcher for the San Diego Padres.
- 2-time NL All-Star (1981 & 1983)
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|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|