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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
19 1876 .241 .302 .328 75 -1.5
Birth Date4-17-1972
Height6' 0"
Weight190 lbs
Age47 years, 7 months, 22 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
1995 PHI 23 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 66 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 PHI 24 6 18 4 0 0 0 2 6 0 0 0 .250 .333 .250 84 -0.3 0.0 0.1 0.1
1998 PHI 26 9 37 9 0 0 0 5 5 0 0 0 .290 .378 .290 91 -0.3 0.3 -0.7 0.1
1999 PHI 27 36 94 24 4 0 1 4 11 0 0 0 .273 .298 .352 75 -2.8 -0.3 -0.6 0.1
2000 PHI 28 31 89 18 5 0 2 13 15 2 0 0 .243 .371 .392 100 0.5 0.2 -0.2 0.5
2001 COL 29 19 61 15 3 0 1 3 5 1 0 0 .273 .317 .382 81 -1.2 0.9 -1.1 0.1
2001 NYN 29 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 76 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 PHI 29 26 86 16 3 1 1 9 19 0 0 0 .213 .294 .320 81 -1.7 0.4 -3.7 -0.1
2002 COL 30 90 314 77 10 2 4 15 45 6 1 3 .265 .314 .354 71 -9.9 -3.3 -6.7 -0.5
2003 SDN 31 96 338 73 15 0 2 24 48 2 3 0 .238 .296 .306 70 -11.6 0.6 -10.2 -0.6
2004 MIL 32 75 246 49 14 0 3 22 32 2 1 0 .224 .297 .329 74 -7.7 -4.8 -8.1 -0.9
2005 WAS 33 68 228 44 7 0 1 21 37 2 0 1 .221 .298 .271 72 -7.6 -1.0 -3.0 -0.1
2006 SLN 34 60 170 35 5 0 4 11 30 0 0 0 .223 .274 .331 73 -5.2 0.0 -1.1 0.2
2007 SLN 35 59 170 39 7 0 2 8 16 1 1 1 .252 .286 .335 75 -4.8 -0.3 -7.2 -0.4
2008 LAN 36 10 23 4 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 .190 .261 .381 103 0.1 -0.1 0.6 0.2
Career5871876408743221392701665.241.302.32875-52.4-7.5-41.8-1.5

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1990 MAR Rk APL 16 57 .000 .000 .000 .378 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 MAR Rk APL 41 160 .000 .000 .000 .282 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 BAT A- NYP 47 166 .000 .000 .000 .246 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 SPA A SAL 42 142 .000 .000 .000 .302 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 CLR A+ FSL 17 61 .000 .000 .000 .370 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 CLR A+ FSL 19 64 .000 .000 .000 .265 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 REA AA EAS 63 228 .000 .000 .000 .247 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 PHI MLB NL 1 1 .251 .297 .412 .000 99 -0.3 0.0 0 66 7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 REA AA EAS 86 301 .000 .000 .000 .256 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 SWB AAA INT 7 23 .000 .000 .000 .158 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 PHI MLB NL 6 18 .250 .321 .383 .400 95 -0.9 0.6 0.3 84 13 0.1 0.0 -0.3 0.1
1996 SWB AAA INT 91 319 .000 .000 .000 .265 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 PAW AAA INT 0 244 .000 .000 .000 .243 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 PHI MLB NL 9 37 .269 .342 .418 .333 99 -0.7 1.0 0.7 91 11 -0.7 0.3 -0.3 0.1
1998 SWB AAA INT 0 309 .000 .000 .000 .268 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 PHI MLB NL 36 94 .272 .350 .426 .295 98 -4.8 2.6 1.7 75 12 -0.6 -0.3 -2.8 0.1
2000 PHI MLB NL 31 89 .256 .336 .409 .281 109 -1.2 2.8 1.7 100 13 -0.2 0.2 0.5 0.5
2000 SWB AAA INT 0 364 .000 .000 .000 .326 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 COL MLB NL 19 61 .261 .324 .411 .280 118 -2.2 1.8 1.1 81 11 -1.1 0.9 -1.2 0.1
2001 NYN MLB NL 1 1 .265 .338 .435 1.000 96 0.5 0.0 0 76 12 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 PHI MLB NL 26 86 .255 .324 .412 .268 95 -1.8 2.6 1.5 81 11 -3.7 0.4 -1.7 -0.1
2001 NOR AAA INT 20 73 .000 .000 .000 .340 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 COL MLB NL 90 314 .256 .323 .405 .302 117 -13.3 9.0 5.5 71 11 -6.7 -3.3 -9.9 -0.5
2003 SDN MLB NL 96 338 .258 .324 .412 .274 95 -15.7 8.9 5.9 70 10 -10.2 0.6 -11.6 -0.6
2004 MIL MLB NL 75 246 .270 .337 .438 .246 92 -9.4 7.3 4.4 74 12 -8.1 -4.8 -7.7 -0.9
2005 WAS MLB NL 68 228 .266 .326 .415 .262 89 -11.2 6.6 3.9 72 13 -3.0 -1.0 -7.6 -0.1
2006 SLN MLB NL 60 170 .267 .331 .430 .252 93 -7 5.1 3 73 11 -1.1 0.0 -5.2 0.2
2007 SLN MLB NL 59 170 .272 .335 .430 .262 102 -11 5.0 2.9 75 11 -7.2 -0.3 -4.8 -0.4
2008 LAN MLB NL 10 23 .257 .329 .415 .150 103 -1.2 0.7 0.4 103 13 0.6 -0.1 0.1 0.2
2008 SBR A+ CLF 3 8 .300 .359 .468 .167 90 -0.9 0.2 0.1 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 LVG AAA PCL 3 9 .328 .384 .511 .400 133 0.5 0.3 0.2 142 0 -0.2 0.1 0.3 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1990 MAR Rk APL 57 52 3 14 2 1 0 18 10 4 15 0 1 .269 .321 .346 .077 0 0
1991 MAR Rk APL 160 136 15 32 7 0 1 42 16 17 26 0 1 .235 .340 .309 .074 1 1
1992 BAT A- NYP 166 146 22 30 2 0 0 32 12 15 27 2 1 .205 .283 .219 .014 3 3
1993 CLR A+ FSL 61 55 5 18 0 0 1 21 6 3 10 0 1 .327 .361 .382 .055 2 2
1993 SPA A SAL 142 126 18 32 4 1 0 38 15 12 22 0 2 .254 .319 .302 .048 2 2
1994 CLR A+ FSL 64 55 6 13 3 0 0 16 10 8 6 0 0 .236 .333 .291 .055 0 0
1994 REA AA EAS 228 208 13 48 9 0 3 66 22 14 26 0 1 .231 .276 .317 .087 3 3
1995 REA AA EAS 301 271 27 64 11 0 4 87 40 22 36 0 0 .236 .298 .321 .085 3 3
1995 SWB AAA INT 23 20 1 3 0 0 0 3 1 2 2 0 0 .150 .217 .150 .000 1 1
1995 PHI MLB NL 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
1996 PHI MLB NL 18 16 0 4 0 0 0 4 1 2 6 0 0 .250 .333 .250 .000 0 0
1996 SWB AAA INT 319 286 37 71 15 1 8 112 37 24 43 1 0 .248 .310 .392 .143 3 3
1997 PAW AAA INT 244 224 16 48 7 1 4 69 22 18 39 1 1 .214 .279 .308 .094 0 0
1998 PHI MLB NL 37 31 4 9 0 0 0 9 3 5 5 0 0 .290 .378 .290 .000 1 0
1998 SWB AAA INT 309 282 33 72 18 0 10 120 40 25 41 0 0 .255 .320 .426 .170 0 0
1999 PHI MLB NL 94 88 7 24 4 0 1 31 21 4 11 0 0 .273 .298 .352 .080 2 0
2000 PHI MLB NL 89 74 8 18 5 0 2 29 5 13 15 0 0 .243 .371 .392 .149 0 0
2000 SWB AAA INT 364 317 47 97 24 0 12 157 52 40 44 1 0 .306 .396 .495 .189 0 0
2001 NYN MLB NL 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 .000 0 0
2001 COL MLB NL 61 55 7 15 3 0 1 21 4 3 5 0 0 .273 .317 .382 .109 1 1
2001 PHI MLB NL 86 75 8 16 3 1 1 24 6 9 19 0 0 .213 .294 .320 .107 1 1
2001 NOR AAA INT 73 67 7 20 5 0 2 31 14 4 12 0 0 .299 .347 .463 .164 0 0
2002 COL MLB NL 314 291 26 77 10 2 4 103 26 15 45 1 3 .265 .314 .354 .089 0 2
2003 SDN MLB NL 338 307 26 73 15 0 2 94 42 24 48 3 0 .238 .296 .306 .068 2 3
2004 MIL MLB NL 246 219 18 49 14 0 3 72 20 22 32 1 0 .224 .297 .329 .105 3 0
2005 WAS MLB NL 228 199 11 44 7 0 1 54 21 21 37 0 1 .221 .298 .271 .050 3 3
2006 SLN MLB NL 170 157 13 35 5 0 4 52 22 11 30 0 0 .223 .274 .331 .108 0 2
2007 SLN MLB NL 170 155 12 39 7 0 2 52 17 8 16 1 1 .252 .286 .335 .084 4 2
2008 LAN MLB NL 23 21 1 4 1 0 1 8 4 2 0 0 0 .190 .261 .381 .190 0 0
2008 LVG AAA PCL 9 5 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 4 0 0 0 .400 .667 .400 .000 0 0
2008 SBR A+ CLF 8 7 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 .143 .250 .143 .000 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 80 0.5250 0.4250 0.8529 0.6190 0.2105 0.8846 0.7500 0.1471 0.0004
Career800.52500.42500.85290.61900.21050.88460.75000.14710.0004

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2008-05-19 2008-10-16 60-DL 150 119 Left Foot Inflammation Plantar Fasciitis -
2007-09-04 2007-09-09 DTD 5 5 - Low Back Soreness - -
2007-06-06 2007-06-07 DTD 1 1 Head Contusion HBP -
2006-08-31 2006-09-04 DTD 4 4 - Low Back Strain - -
2006-07-09 2006-07-16 DTD 7 4 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2006-06-26 2006-06-30 DTD 4 3 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2005-03-05 2005-03-07 Camp 2 0 Low Back Strain -
2004-08-08 2004-08-08 DTD 0 0 - Face Sprain Jaw - -
2004-06-06 2004-06-08 DTD 2 1 - Thumb Contusion - -
2003-04-17 2003-05-23 15-DL 36 32 Right Knee Sprain MCL -
2003-02-19 2003-02-21 Camp 2 0 - Low Back Spasms - -
2002-04-13 2002-04-16 DTD 3 3 - Wrist Sprain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2008 LAN $875,000
2007 SLN $900,000
2006 SLN $800,000
2005 WAS $750,000
2004 MIL $600,000
2003 SDN $700,000
2002 COL $290,000
2001 PHI, NYN, COL $237,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$5,152,500
8 yrTotal$5,152,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 133 d1 yr/$0.875M (08)

Details
  • signed as a free agent from STL 12/17/07, 1 year/$0.875M (08), 08:$0.825M, 09:$0.9M club option $50K buyout
  • $0.325M performance bonus (games started to 101)
  • re-signed as a free agent 11/06, 1 year/$0.9M (07), 07:$0.85M, 08:$0.9M club option ($50K buyout)
  • Bennett may void option if club ex`s it, but forfeits buyout
  • performance bonus:$25K 30 games started-c, $2,500 each 31-50 games started-c, $5K each 50-61 games started-c, $7,500 each 61-70 games started-c
  • award bonus:$50K All-Star ($25K select)
  • $25K each LDS,LCS MVP, $50K WS MVP, $0.1M MVP ($75K 2d, $50K 3d)
  • $50K each Gold Glove,SS
  • signed as a free agent from WAS 12/05, 1 year/$0.8M (06)
  • signed as a free agent from MIL 11/04, 1 year/$0.75M (05)
  • FA 10/04 after refusing assignment to Triple-A 10/04
  • signed as a free agent from SD 12/03, 1 year/$0.6M (04)
  • sent outright to Triple-A 9/03 signed as a free agent from COL 12/02, 1 year/$0.7M (03) acquired in trade from NYM 8/01

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2009 Gary Bennett found a creative way to distinguish himself from garden-variety no-hit backup catchers: he developed a mental block about making return throws to the pitcher; plantar fasciitis slowed his efforts to overcome the problem.
2008 Gary Bennett is a generic backup catcher who throws very poorly for a player who's on the roster for his defense. Signed by the Dodgers to back up Russell Martin, he's a more logical fit than he was caddying for defense-first Yadier Molina in St. Louis
2007 Bennett`s lone plate appearance in 16 postseason games is a testament to the otherworldliness of Yadier Molina`s October effort, but also speaks to the fate of the backup catchers whose managers are afraid to use them for fear of being left catcher-less should an injury occur. He gets the same playoff share as everybody else though, and quite possibly another season in the bigs. Given his level of accomplishment at his age, that`s no small thing.
2006 Nichols` Law of Catcher Defense observed the inverse relationship of a catcher`s defensive rep and his hitting prowess. Bennett`s employers have signed him in this very expectation, that someone this useless at the plate must be pretty good behind it. Sadly, the Nats learned what six teams had in the previous four years, that Bennett`s a two-way exercise in futility. The Cards will make it eight in six.
2005 Bennett broke into the majors in 1995 with Philadelphia, and has since carried the torch for journeyman backup catchers everywhere. He has nine years of major league experience, and in that time, compiled a .247/.310/.335 line in 390 games. The Brewers gave him $600,000 in 2004 for the security of having a proven out-maker to back up their inexperienced out-making starter, Chad Moeller. He performed the task so well, Jim Bowden gave him a raise, so he'll make $750,000 for Washington in 2005 for, apparently, being a nice guy who doesn't mind sitting on the bench.
2004 Bennett is a backup catcher who played too much last year, as the Padres didn't have any better options. The acquisition of Ramon Hernandez pushes him out of a job, and he's too much like Hernandez to fit well as the backup. Outrighted to Triple-A after the season, relaminating his Society of Backup Catchers card and a quick refresher with the secret handshake got him a quick invitation to be a Brewer in 2004.
2003 In April, one pitcher said that Bennett “takes control of a game.” The coaches said he’s “definitely a gamer.” No, perception is not reality. It’s debatable whether a catcher’s contribution to ERA can be measured accurately, but the tools we have tell us the pitching’s worse when he catches. They admit now that he was overextended. Though “he’s tough and durable and cares a lot about our pitchers” they non-tendered him, and he’s signed on with the Padres, potentially as a glovely backup to Mike Rivera.
2002 If Kirt Manwaring and Brent Mayne can keep Ben Petrick from getting 500 at-bats, Gary Bennett sure can, too. He's the kind of backup catcher we're always touting: decent defensively, with some pop and plate discipline. The Rockies have to make sure all their bench players can hit a little; Bennett qualifies.
2001 The Phillies wasted what will probably be the best year of Gary Bennett’s career, sending him to Scranton solely because he had an option left. They’ll use him as their backup catcher in 2001, but the results won’t be as good as the numbers he put up in 2000.
2000 Bennett is a career minor leaguer who finally got a chance to be a regular backup catcher and demonstrated how easy it is to find a replacement-level player. Now that he has the magic “major league” label, he’s likely to spend the next seven or eight years bouncing from team to team.
1996  Your basic card-carrying career minor league backup catcher in the larval stage. He's young and has a good defensive reputation, so don't be surprised if he's around forever, like Orlando Mercado.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2008-05-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Three questions: 1) For my Cubs lovin' wife, are the Northsiders for real? They've done well so far, but what are their big questions down the stretch? 2) Is there any light at the end of the Andruw Jones tunnel, or is that the sound of a diesel locomotive? 3) Joe Torre: great manager, or *greatest* manager? Seriously, look at Friday's Dodgers lineup: how could he expect to win?
(scareduck from Still closer to Angel Stadium than Chavez Ravine)
Cubs: for real. Their run differential is the best in all of baseball by a wide margin, and I don't see any of the other NL Central teams being able to hang with them. I think the big questions are whether Rich Hill rediscovers his control and returns to the rotation, and whether Kerry Wood can hold up as the team's closer. Barring injuries, I think they'll be OK, and even with those injuries, they have a bit of depth to either cover from within or make a trade to help themselves out.

Andruw: lots of questions about him today. The upside of his injury is that it may explain some of his struggles, it may force him to get back in shape as he rehabs, and it will give Dodger fans a bit of relief when it comes to the daily drama of the outfield lineup.

Torre: Furcal being hurt certainly takes a bite out of that lineup. But really, Torre's going to have to get over this Russell Martin-at-3B fetish, even though it's only been a total of 37 innings he's played there. It's fine to give him a breather now and then, but when you're stealing at-bats from DeWitt or LaRoche to give them to Gary Bennett, something is definitely wrong. (Jay Jaffe)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
1996 mlb .002 0.1 235 .000 0.0 5 -.015 .002 0.1 0.2 0.1
1998 mlb -.008 -0.8 358 .000 0.0 1 .001 -.004 0.0 -0.7 -0.7
1999 mlb .002 0.4 932 .000 0.0 20 .054 .000 -0.8 -0.3 -0.6
2000 mlb .000 0.1 1206 .000 -0.1 14 -.017 -.005 0.2 0.2 -0.2
2001 mlb -.010 -3.7 1647 .000 0.2 26 .033 .001 -0.5 -4.0 -4.8
2002 mlb -.007 -6.1 3847 -.001 0.7 44 .019 -.005 -0.1 -5.6 -6.7
2003 mlb -.011 -8.9 3408 .000 0.2 57 .027 -.002 -0.9 -9.6 -10.2
2004 mlb -.011 -8.0 3108 .000 0.5 36 .013 -.003 -0.1 -8.1 -8.1
2005 mlb -.004 -2.3 2623 .000 0.2 27 .035 -.005 -0.5 -3.2 -3.0
2006 mlb -.004 -2.0 1832 .000 0.2 24 .076 -.011 -0.9 -2.7 -1.1
2007 mlb -.012 -5.5 1777 .000 0.2 25 .077 -.002 -1.2 -6.6 -7.2
2008 afa .000 0.0 80 -.001 0.0 1 .006 -.002 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 mlb .001 0.0 308 -.005 0.4 2 .009 -.001 0.0 0.5 0.6
2008 aaa -.007 -0.1 89 .000 0.0 0 .000 -.001 0.0 -0.2 -0.2

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