FAVORITE BRAVES PLAYERS OF THE 1980'S
#8 BRUCE BENEDICT
ATLANTA BRAVES 1978-1989
Things I think of when I think of Bruce Benedict
1. Whenever Bruce came to the plate, stadium announcer Marshall Mann would always emphasize his first name, "Bruuuuuuuce."
2. Brave announcer Skip Caray would always call him "Eggs" Benedict.
3. He always seemed to knock in a run on a bloop single early in the game during the Braves best 80's seasons.
4. He was good at an interview and quick with a quip, such as telling a group of umpires during the exchange of lineup cards that of all the umpires he had ever known, this group was certainly among them.
5. 1983, when Bruce had his best season, hitting .298.
6. Bruce only had 18 career homers, but the biggest was probably a grand slam off Fernando Valenzuela and the Dodgers on September 9, 1982 during the thick of a pennant race.
5. He spent all 12 years in the majors as an Atlanta Brave. I don't know if that is a record, as in"Most career seasons as an Atlanta Brave without ever sullying yourself by playing for another team." Okay, Chipper Jones. but other than Chipper Jones...
|Bruce did put on a Met uniform|
as a coach, but clearly it just
doesn't look right on him.