Butch Benton – His New York Mets Career 1978,1980

Butch BentonCatcher Butch Benton was drafted by the Mets in the first of round of the 1975 amateur draft (6th overall). However, he never lived up to expectations and spent the bulk of his Met career in the minors.

After spending four seasons in the minors Benton finally made his Major League debut on September 14, 1978 as a pinch hitter for pitcher Roy Lee Jackson, he flew out to centerfield.  He finished out the season with the Mets appearing in 4 games.  He batted .500 (2 for 4) with both of his hits coming on the last day of the season.

Benton wouldn’t return to the majors until the middle of the 1980 season.  He rejoined the Mets in July and went on to appear in 12 games.  He hit just .048 (1 for 21).

The Mets partied ways with Benton prior to the 1981 season selling him to the Chicago Cubs.  In parts of two seasons with the Mets the former number one pick appeared in 16 games and batted .120 (3 for 25).

While with the Mets Benton wore number 15 in 1978 and 19 in 1980.

Butch Benton also played for the Chicago Cubs in 1982 and the Cleveland Indians in 1985.

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