September 5, 2001 As a player, Benedict was slow, even by catcher- standards. He was expert at handling Phil Niekro's knuckle-ball, though, and Whitey Herzog picked him for the NL All-Stars in '83. I'd see him in the Mets' dug- out when they came down to play the Braves. Hard to picture Bruce living in New York. He's definitely country--which from me is a compliment.
November 24, 2001 I always thought that Bruce Benedict looked like Kelsey Grammer or Harry Chapin.
March 7, 2005 A basketball ref during the off-season. Seemed like a good guy and I was a bit sorry to see him go... until I found out that the Mets replaced him with John "Awesome Name" Stearns.
Both Benedict and Stearns were great major league catchers. Neither could teach Mike Piazza how to throw. Was that a factor in either of their departures?