Butch Benton

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Butch Benton was the 6th player taken in the 1975 amateur draft, which became notorious for its lack of quality major league players in the first round, by the New York Mets. He had two brief looks with the Mets, in 1978 and 1980, going 3 for 25 in 16 games. The Mets gave up on him as a prospect, and he played for five other organizations in his career, spending most of his time a good defensive AAA catcher who did not hit enough to earn a job in the big leagues. He did return to the majors for tow more stints, a four-game look by the Chicago Cubs in 1982, and his biggest chance to play, 31 games with the Cleveland Indians at the start of the 1985 season. However, he hit .143 with the Cubs and .179 for the Indians, and that was it for his big league career. The Indians released him before the start of spring training in 1986, and that seemed to be the end of the road. He did hit well enough in the minors in the second half of his professional career, as he put up a .330 batting average in 70 games for the Iowa Oaks in 1982, then followed that with a .298 average and decent power in 125 games with the Wichita Aeros in 1983. He hit .280 and .283 in his last two full minor league seasons, although his slugging and on-base percentages were only mediocre.

In 1989, Butch Benton played for the St. Petersburg Pelicans of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He hit .374 with 34 RBI for the club, then in 1990 Benton again played for the Pelicans; in 21 games he was batting .353 while tied with Rick Lancellotti and Ron Roenicke for the league lead in home runs with 5. He also had 15 RBI's and was leading the lead with 54 total bases when the SPBA folded. Since the Senior League,s for catchers (in terms of age) were more generous than for other players, he was still only 33, an age at which he could interest someone, and the Detroit Tigers gave him another shot in 1991. He played 9 games for the Toledo Mud Hens, hitting .133, then retired for good.

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