December 01, 2004

The 2004 Gary Bennett report

News that former Phillies catcher Gary Bennett signed with the Washington Nationals Monday peaked my interest for the offensively-impaired, steady-headed, backstop.

Since being dealt in 2001 to the Mets, which sent Todd Pratt back to Philadelphia, the nine-year pro and former R-Phil has seen time with New York, Colorado, San Diego, Milwaukee and now Washington.

He’s been labeled a career backup, but in fact, he’s not, at least not lately. While his offensive steadily sucks, to the tune of .224 BA, .297 OBP and .329 SLG with the Brewers last year, aguably his worst season as a pro, over the last three season, he’s played in an average of 87 games - more games than ever.

In Washington, he’ll earn $750,000, $150,000 more than last season and is expected to back up Northampton, Pa. native Brian Schneider.

How many games will he start this season, and could he slide into yet another primary role if Schneider is dealt? It’s amazing longevity for a guy who produces almost no offense at all - 14 homers in nine seasons. It has to be something we can’t see or count.

"Bennett is exactly what the doctor ordered," GM Tony Siegle said in the online story. "His attitude, his makeup and his skills are just perfect for what we need."

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The word “blog” tops U.S. dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster's list of the 10 words of the year, according to a report on The official entry is "a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments and often hyperlinks.” Blog was one of the most looked-up words on its Internet sites this year, the dictionary company reported.

I dig CNN’s file photo for this story. It looks like the computer Matthew Broderick used to inadvertently cause a nuclear standoff in the 1983 movie “War Games.”


At 3:31 PM, Blogger Tom G. said...

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