For all “Intends” and Purposes, Benintendi is Good

I was really hoping to go to Camden Yards today. My school work this weekend was on the lull side and I didn’t have a lot to get ready for regarding Monday. Unfortunately the one thing I didn’t forsee was myself getting sick this weekend. To be fair, I probably helped my sickness get the better of me after running a 5K race on Saturday. But that’s beside the point; my health was poor and I couldn’t go to the game.

So Bill made the trip alone to Camden Yards to see the Orioles take on his Boston Red Sox. As Bill states in his writeup, he makes it a priority to see the Red Sox play in a game every single season. It seems rather odd for someone who grew up on Long Island, NY to be a diehard Red Sox fan, but weirder things have happened in the baseball world. The game itself was pretty onesided. Boston hit several home runs in the first inning to make the score 4-0 before Baltimore even had a chance to come to bat. Boston’s starting pitcher, Eduardo Rodriguez, threw six innings of one-hit ball and the bullpen mostly held it together (the Orioles managed two runs in the 8th and 9th innings) to give the Red Sox a 6-2 win over Baltimore.

Arizona Diamondbacks v Boston Red Sox

Only 22 years old, Boston Red Sox’s leftfielder Andrew Beintendi is already making an impact in the majors.

One thing that stood out to me from the boxscore was the batting line for the Red Sox leftfielder, Andrew Bentinendi.

Andrew Benintendi 5 5 5 0

This translates to that Benintendi got a hit in all five at bats he had; a “5-5” line. That alone is cool, but not as rare as Holliday earlier is season going “0-0 with 5 walks”. But that wasn’t it. It turns out all of these hits were singles.

  • 1st inning: Benintendi singles to right field (line drive)
  • 2nd inning: Benintendi singles to second baseman Schoop (I assume that was an infield hit)
  • 4th inning: Benintendi singles to left field (flyball) — advanced to second on throwing error by Orioles left fielder Craig Gentry
  • 6th inning: Benintendi singles to right field (line drive) — thrown out trying to advance to second base. But since he already reached first base, this counts as a single.
  • 9th inning: Benintendi singles to center field (ground ball)

While going 5-5, all singles, is noteworthy, it still isn’t that uncommon. But what I am trying to get here is that Benintendi is one of the youngest players to do it in the Majors. Only 22 years old, Benintendi is regarded as not only the Red Sox’s best prospect, but also the best prospect in all of baseball (he has some speed and he can it). Seeing that he was only 22 years old, I went onto Baseball-Reference’s PlayIndex to see how many players have gone 5-5, all singles in exactly 5 plate appearances, at a younger age than Benintendi. Their answer? Since 1913,  Benintendi is the 16th youngest player to go 5-5, all singles, in exactly 5 plate apperances.

Rank Player Age Date Team Opponent
1 Ken Hubbs 20.148 May 20, 1962 Chicago Cubs Philadelphia Phillies
2 Freddie Lindstrom 20.175 May 15, 1926 New York Giants Cincinnati Reds
3 Jack Heidemann 20.352 June 28, 1970 Cleveland Indians Detroit Tigers
4 Dib Williams 21.239 September 15, 1931 Philadelphia Athletics Cleveland Indains
5 Rabbit Maranville 21.243 July 12, 1913 Boston Braves Pittsburgh Pirates
6 Dick Groat 21.265 July 26, 1952 Pittsburgh Pirates Boston Braves
7 Roger Cedeno 21.289 May 31, 1996 Los Angeles Dodgers New York Mets
8 Frank Robinson 21.294 June 21, 1957 Cincinnati Reds Pittsburgh Pirates
9 Goose Goslin 21.330 September 11, 1922 Washington Senators Boston Red Sox
10 Milt May 21.341 July 7, 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates Atlanta Braves
11 Greg Gross 22.004 August 5, 1974 Houston Astros San Francisco Giants
12 Sonny Jackson 22.069 September 16, 1966 Houston Astros Philadelphia Phillies
13 Hank Johnson 22.072 August 1, 1928 New York Yankees St. Louis Browns
14 Tito Fuentes 22.124 May 8, 1966 San Francisco Giants St. Louis Cardinals
15 Mark Koenig 22.268 April 13, 1927 New York Yankees Philadelphia Athletics
16 Andrew Benintendi 22.291 April 23, 2017 Boston Red Sox Baltimore Orioles

Here is a complete list (hopefully you can read it). To be honest, this number is a little bit higher than I was expecting. Some fun facts:

  • Sonny Jackson Hank Johnson is actually a pitcher (thanks Bill for correcting me here)
  • Rabbit Maranville would do it three more times in his career. In fact, he is the 5th oldest player to achieve this statline as well (age 39.311 on September 18, 1931).
  • Other players who would do this again in their career include Goose Goslin and Roger Cedeno.
  • Benintendi’s teammate Mookie Betts also achieved this feat least year at the age 23.324 (on August 26 2016 against the Kansas City Royals). He is now the 33rd youngest player to achieve this statline.

One final question you may be wondering about is “How many on this list are in the Hall of Fame”? I’ll do a little more than that. I’ll try to “break down” the classes of ball players on this last

  • Hall of Fame: Lindstrom, Maranville, Robinson, Goslin
  • Hall of “Very Good”: Groat
  • Average Player: Cedeno, May, Gross, Fuentes, Koening
  • Below Average PlayerWilliams, Jackson, Johnson
  • This is their only memorable thing: Heidemann
  • Still Too Early to call: Benintendi
  • Tragic Endings: Hubbs (He was killed in a plane crash prior to the 1964 season. He was 22 years old.)

About Mark

A graduate student who finds the time to write about baseball.
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