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Benny Agbayani (born December 28, 1971) is a professional baseball player. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii where he attended Saint Louis School and Hawaii Pacific University. He also attended Oregon Institute of Technology. He was originally drafted by the California Angels but did not sign. Agbayani was later drafted in the 30th round by the New York Mets on June 3, 1993.
Agbayani will forever be remember among baseball fans for a play on August 12, 2000 while a member of the Mets. In the fourth inning, he handed the ball to a 7-year-old fan, despite there being only two outs. This allowed the San Francisco Giants to take a 2-1 lead when Jeff Kent and Ellis Burks scored. New York wound up winning 3-2.
Agbayani is also fondly remembered by Mets fans for two clutch Home Runs hit during the 2000 season. On March 30th, his 11th inning Grand Slam against the Chicago Cubs gave the Mets their first win of the season, and a split in the two game series the Mets and Cubs had played in Tokyo, Japan. Later that year, on October 7th, Agbayani hit a game-winning home run in the 13th inning of Game 3 of the National League Division Series against Aaron Fultz of the Giants.
In five Major-League seasons, Agbayani compiled a career batting average of .274 with a career slugging percentage of .445 with 39 home runs and 156 RBI in 383 games. He is a 1989 inductee of Hawaii's athletic Hall of Honor.
On October 26, 2005, Agbayani and the Chiba Lotte Marines swept the Hanshin Tigers in 4 games during the Japan Series. This is the Marines' first title in 31 years. On November 13, 2005, they won the Asia series after defeating the champions of Korea, China, and Taiwan, and Agbayani was named MVP. Oddly enough, Agbayani's manager with Chiba Lotte was his manager with the Mets, Bobby Valentine. Most people believe that Benny Agbayani's best season was 2000, when he slugged 15 home runs, hit for a .289 average and knocked in 60 runs.
- Selected by California Angels in the 25th round of the free-agent draft - did not sign (June 1, 1992).
- Selected by New York Mets in the 30th round of the free-agent draft (June 3, 1993 - signed June 15, 1993).
- Traded by New York Mets with Todd Zeile and cash to Colorado Rockies as part of 3-team trade in which Milwaukee Brewers sent Jeff D'Amico, Jeromy Burnitz, Lou Collier, Mark Sweeney and cash to New York Mets; Colorado Rockies sent Alex Ochoa to Milwaukee Brewers; Colorado Rockies sent Craig House and Ross Gload to New York Mets; and New York Mets sent Lenny Harris and Glendon Rusch to Milwaukee Brewers (January 21, 2002).
- Claimed on waivers by Boston Red Sox from Colorado Rockies (August 26, 2002).