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Full Name: Benny Peter Agbayani Primary Position: OF,LF
Height/Weight: 6' 0"/225 First Game: June 17, 1998
Birthdate: December 28, 1971 Final Game: September 29, 2002
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii MLB Experience: 5 years
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

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.

He has since been part of the Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, Cincinnati Reds, and Kansas City Royals ball clubs. Currently, he plays for the Chiba Lotte Marines in the Japanese Pacific league.

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.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1998 NY N 11 15 1 2 0 0 .133 .188 .133 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 1
1999 NY N 101 276 42 79 14 42 .286 .363 .525 18 3 32 60 3 0 6 4 8
2000 NY N 119 350 59 101 15 60 .289 .391 .477 19 1 54 68 7 0 5 2 6
2001 NY N 91 296 28 82 6 27 .277 .364 .399 14 2 36 73 5 1 4 0 11
2002 COL N 48 117 10 24 4 19 .205 .266 .350 5 0 10 35 0 0 1 0 4
2002 BOS A 13 37 5 11 0 8 .297 .395 .324 1 0 6 5 0 0 0 1 1
2002 Total 61 154 15 35 4 27 .227 .298 .344 6 0 16 40 0 0 1 1 5
Total NL 370 1054 140 288 39 148 .273 .360 .449 56 6 133 241 15 1 16 6 30
Total AL 13 37 5 11 0 8 .297 .395 .324 1 0 6 5 0 0 0 1 1
Total 383 1091 145 299 39 156 .274 .362 .445 57 6 139 246 15 1 16 7 31

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1998 NY N CF 2 2 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1998 NY N OF 9 3 32 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1998 NY N LF 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1998 NY N RF 6 1 19 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1999 NY N LF 47 28 263.1 50 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1999 NY N DH 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1999 NY N RF 45 39 306.2 66 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .985
1999 NY N OF 80 70 597 121 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1999 NY N CF 4 3 27 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2000 NY N RF 12 3 38.2 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .900
2000 NY N OF 110 94 775.1 160 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .976
2000 NY N CF 3 3 18 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2000 NY N LF 102 88 718.2 142 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .980
2000 NY N DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2001 NY N OF 84 82 631.2 123 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .954
2001 NY N LF 84 82 631.2 123 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .954
2002 COL N OF 37 31 236.2 52 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2002 COL N LF 37 31 236.2 52 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2002 COL N DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2002 BOS A OF 13 9 97 24 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .962
2002 BOS A CF 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2002 BOS A LF 11 7 76 20 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .955
2002 BOS A RF 3 2 19 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2002 Total LF 48 38 312.2 72 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .987
2002 Total OF 50 40 333.2 76 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .987
Total LF 282 236 1928.1 387 7 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 .973
Total CF 10 8 58 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total OF 333 289 2369.2 486 8 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 .974
Total DH 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total RF 66 45 383.1 83 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .977

Transactions

  • 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).

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