Eggs, a fine defensive catcher with a banjo bat, makes the Left Behind Squad on his glove. I think Bruce is slightly underestimated as a batter and greatly underappreciated as a receiver. He made the All-star Team twice, in 1981 and 1983; in the latter year, he hit .298/.385/.348. His offensive stats were diminished by hitting in the eight spot his entire career virtually. He had a good command of the strike zone, as suggested by the fact his OBP is 80 points over his BA, and took more than a fair share of walks.
But his defensive play was steady. He caught 982 games for the Braves. In 1982 he led the league in FP. He had fewer errors a game than either Bench or Carter. His .990 career FP is almost identical to those two’s. The most interesting stat I find for Benedict is assists per game: .591. Ivan Rodriguez is only .511. Carter’s is .585. Rick Dempsey is only .471. His caught stealings don’t compare to those guys, but that’s 1) due to him catching Niekro for years (which in and of itself merits inclusion) and 2) he just didn’t have the rocket arm of those guys.
Can he make the 44? Eh. Not really, though he certainly served us faithfully for years. Unlike, say, Clete Boyer, his defense was very good, but not truly Hall of Fame, and his utter lack of power hurts him. His OBP is higher than his SLG. Sorry, Eggs.
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