|First baseman / Outfielder / Catcher|
January 23, 1962 |
Brooklyn, New York
|May 18, 1984, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 5, 1992, for the Houston Astros|
|Runs batted in||28|
Benito James Distefano (born January 23, 1962 in Brooklyn, New York) 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.
In 2010, Distefano was hired by the New York Mets to serve as the hitting coach for the Single A Brooklyn Cyclones. 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.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors), or Retrosheet, or Pura Pelota (Venezuelan Winter League) http://www.elemergente.com/2012/07/recuerdan-al-magallanero-benny.html
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