Wednesday, May 1, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #19 ANDY BENES


AT 6-6, 235, A COMMANDING MOUND PRESENCE.




FINISHED HIS CAREER WITH EXACTLY 2,000 STRIKEOUTS.


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • The No. 1 overall pick of the 1988 Major League Baseball draft by the Padres, Andy Benes arrived with much fanfare and promise. He didn't fulfill those lofty expectations but had a pretty good 14-year career as a starting pitcher. 

DEFINING MOMENT

  • On Oct. 14, 2000, in Game 3 of the NLCS with the Cardinals down 0-2 against the Mets, Benes notched his first and only playoff win in nine starts. He went eight innings and allowed two runs in the 8-2 victory, but the Mets won the series in five games.

DEFINING SEASON

  • In '96 with the Cardinals, Benes went 18-10 with a 3.83 ERA to finish third in the Cy Young voting for the NL Central champions.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Younger brother and fellow starter Alan Benes was a teammate during parts of Andy's two stints with the Cardinals: '96-'97 and '00-'01.
  2. Andy was the winning pitcher in the expansion Diamondbacks' first victory after an 0-5 start in '98. He pitched seven innings against the Giants, allowing two runs, in the 3-2 victory.
  3. Started the memorable Game 5 of the ALDS in '95 for the Mariners against the Yankees. Benes, acquired at the July 31 deadline from the Padres, didn't figure in the decision, pitching into the seventh inning, allowing four earned runs.
  4. One-hit the Mets on July 3, 1994, a day after Padres GM Randy Smith criticized him in Baseball America, saying he was no better than the team's third-best starter. Benes gave up the hit in the eighth inning. San Diego is the only team without a no-hitter.
  5. Pretty fair hitter, belting eight career homers and driving in 50 runs.

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