Do you remember Yamil Benitez? Me neither. But today is his birthday. Born on October 5, 1972, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Yamil Benitez was signed by the Montreal Expos in 1989. After six seasons in the minors he made his major league debut on September 16, 1995. Two years later he was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the expansion draft. After his MLB career, Benitez played two more seasons in the Mexican League. Today he is the president of the Asociación de Peloteros Profesionales de Puerto Rico (an organization I need to do more research on).
Benitez also hit the first walk-off home run for the Diamondbacks twenty years ago, on June 28, 1998:
Happy Birthday, Yamil! And Happy Friday, everyone!
Adam Jones has been good to the Orioles, O’s fans, and the City of Baltimore, and I hope he knows how much we love him. No matter where he ends up, he’ll always be Mr. Baltimore. So, check out one of the videos he did a few years ago as a part of the Nike Baseball YouTube series, “Between Innings“:
Cal Ripken, Jr., turned 58 yesterday. In his 21 years as an Oriole, Cal amassed a lot of games, hits, and runs. Here are just a few of his MLB stats:
Number of teams played for: 1
Consecutive games played: 2,632
Total games played: 3,001
At bats: 11,551
Home runs: 431
Intentional walks: 107
Double plays: 1,682
Stolen bases: 36
Caught stealing: 39
All-star games: 19 (every year, 1983 to 2001)
All-star game MVP awards: 2
American League MVP awards: 2
Silver Slugger awards: 8
Lifetime batting average: .276
Cal also spent four years in the minor leagues playing for the Bluefield Orioles (1978), the Miami Orioles (1979), the Charlotte Orioles (1979-80), and the Rochester Red Wings (1981). He played 443 games as a minor leaguer, with 1,652 at bats, 463 hits, and 56 home runs. His batting average in the minors was .280.
On this date in 1975, Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver got ejected twice – during both games of a double header – by umpire Ron Luciano. Throughout his MLB career, Weaver was ejected around 100 times. His double header ejections on August 15, 1975, was just one of three times he got ejected twice in one day.
Classic arguments and antics by managers such as Weaver really don’t happen any more – which I kind of miss. Sure, they were often a bit too much, but they could also be rather entertaining. What do you think?
On Friday, one of my favorite former Bowie Baysox made his debut with the Baltimore Orioles. Cedric Mullins started in center field with Adam Jones moving to right. Jones marked the event by insisting Mullins be the first on the field to begin the game:
We watched the two of them group together from A-ball to the bigs. Perhaps it was time to let them fly from the next on their own. But wouldn’t in be awesome if they could be together again? Check out the video highlighting their special bond below.
And I’ll have a lot more to say about this next week, so stay tuned…