Benny Distefano

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Benny Distefano
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First baseman / Outfielder / Catcher
Born: (1962-01-23) January 23, 1962 (age 56)
Brooklyn, New York
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
May 18, 1984, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
August 5, 1992, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
Batting average.228
Home runs5
Runs batted in28

Benito James Distefano (born January 23, 1962) is a retired professional baseball player who played in the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros in the 1980s and with Navegantes del Magallanes in LVBP (Venezuelan Professional Baseball League). He is currently a minor league coach in the New York Mets organization.


Distefano remains the most recent left-handed-throwing player to catch a major league game, catching in three separate games for the Pirates in 1989.[1]

On April 28, 1992, David Cone of the New York Mets brought a no-hitter into the eighth inning. Distefano broke it up with an infield hit.[2]

In 2010, Distefano was hired by the New York Mets to serve as the hitting coach for the Single A Brooklyn Cyclones.[3] After serving as the hitting coach for the Class A St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League for a few years, Distefano returned to Brooklyn for the 2014 season.


  1. ^ Schwarz, Alan. "Left-Handed and Left Out," The New York Times, Sunday, August 16, 2009.
  2. ^ Cone hurls 2-hit shutout
  3. ^ Brooklyn Cyclones coaching staff

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