Benito Santiago was born in
Ponce and grew up in Santa Isabel, a small
town on the southern coast of Puerto Rico.
Early on, his amazing talent and love for
the game caught attention of San Diego Padres.
Benito made his
major league debut with Padres in 1986. In 1987,
he established a Major League record for a rookie
by hitting safely in 34 straight games, which
still stands today as the longest hitting streak
by a catcher ever, and won the National Rookie
of The Year Award unanimously. Benito’s
inimitable ability to throw out would-be base
stealers from his knees became legendary. It
was often said that he had had the deadliest
throwing arm in all major leagues.
|Playing with the San Diego Padres in 1987, Benito Santiago established a Major League record for a rookie by hitting safely in 34 straight games. This also stands today as the longest hitting streak ever by a catcher. he also stole 21 bases that year.
|October 13, 2002 at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco, California. Benito Santiago hits two RBI home run in the eighth inning bringing in teammate Barry Bonds #25 to give the Giants the lead 4-2 over the St. Louis Cardinals during game four of the National League Championship series
nineteen-year career, Benito Santiago played
for Florida Marlins, where he hit the first
homerun in team’s
history, and Philadelphia Phillies, where he
became the first player to hit a grand slam
off Gregg Maddux in the regular season after
Maddux had been pitching for nearly ten years.
Maddux had previously surrendered one to Will
Clark in the 1989 National League Championship
Series and has only allowed two since. In that
same season, Benito hit a homerun in four consecutive
After signing with Toronto Blue Jays in 1997,
Benito was involved in serious car accident.
His injuries were so severe that doctors were
confident Benito Santiago would never play
He defied the odds. In 2001, Benito joined
San Francisco Giants and received the Will
Mac Award that year, in recognition of his
spirit. His home run in game four for National
League Championship against Cardinals in 2002
took the Giants to their first World Series
since 1989. Benito was named the Most Valuable
Player of the Year.
Five times an All Star
and three times Golden Glove winner, Benito
Santiago holds seventh place position for
most games caught in a career.
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