Gary Bennett (baseball)
|Born:April 17, 1972|
|September 24, 1995 for the Philadelphia Phillies|
Last MLB appearance
|May 18, 2008 for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Runs batted in||192|
Career highlights and awards
Bennett was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 11th round of the 1990 Major League Baseball Draft. He played in the Phillies minor league system from 1990–1996, playing for the Martinsville Phillies (1990–1991), Batavia Clippers (1992), Spartanburg Phillies (1993), Clearwater Phillies (1993–1994), Reading Phillies (1994–1995), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons (1995–1996).
Bennett made his major league debut in
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Bennett came alive in late August 2006. He hit four home runs in the span of a week, including a walk-off grand slam against the Chicago Cubs on August 27, 2006. In an exhibition game on March 30, 2007 against the Memphis Redbirds, the Cardinals AAA Minor League affiliate, Bennett, with the game tied 2-2, hit grand slam in the top of the 8th inning, giving the Cardinals the victory. This led many fans to call him, "Gary Grand Slam Bennett". The four home runs equaled his career high of four home runs in a single season, which he did with the 2002 Colorado Rockies. He hit no other home runs that season.
On November 28, 2006, Bennett was re-signed by the Cardinals.
On November 2,
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On December 17, 2007, the Dodgers signed Bennett to a one-year deal to back up Russell Martin, the Dodgers' young All-Star catcher. After signing, Bennett publicly admitted that the Mitchell Report was accurate as far as he was concerned, stating, "As far as the report is concerned to me, it's accurate. Obviously, it was a stupid decision. It was a mistake." Bennett's 2008 season was cut short, however, when he went on the disabled list in mid-May for plantar fasciitis. The ailment would keep Bennett on the disabled list the remainder of the season. Veteran backup Danny Ardoin took Bennett's spot in his absence as Martin's backup. Bennett finished the 2008 campaign with a disappointing .190 batting average with one home run and four RBI in only 10 games played. After the season the Dodgers bought out Bennett's option year, making him a free agent.
- "Gary Bennett Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
- "August 27, 2006 Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals Play by Play and Box Score". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
- "Wells, Kennedy sign deals with Cardinals". usatoday.com. November 28, 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
- "Cards decline option on Bennett". STLtoday.com. Retrieved 2007-12-17.[dead link]
- "Mitchell Report pp222-223". mlb.com. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
- "Dodgers sign Bennett to one-year deal". dodgers.com. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
- "Dodgers sign catcher Bennett". WFRV-TV.com. Archived from the original on 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Gary Bennett - A Citizen's Voice Podcast (Interview)
- Gary Bennett - TSN.ca