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Juan Beníquez

Juan José Beníquez monument in San Sebastián barrio-pueblo
Juan Beníquez
Born: (1950-05-13) May 13, 1950 (age 69)
San Sebastián, Puerto Rico
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 4, 1971, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
May 30, 1988, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
Batting average.274
Home runs79
Runs batted in476
Career highlights and awards

Juan José Beníquez Torres (born May 13, 1950) is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, California Angels, Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays in all or parts of 17 seasons spanning 1971–1988. Listed at 5' 11" (1.82 m), 150 lb. (68 k), Beníquez batted and threw right-handed. He was born in the city of San Sebastián, Puerto Rico.

A valuable role player for a long time, Beníquez spent 17 years in the major leagues playing for eight different American League clubs. He started his career with the Red Sox in 1971, appearing at shortstop as a backup for Luis Aparicio in part of two seasons, and later was switched to center field.

A Gold Glove Award winner with Texas in 1977, Beníquez posted four consecutive .300 seasons with California and Baltimore from 1983 through 1986, with a career-high .336 in 1984, and also hit three home runs in a game for the Orioles in 1986. He appeared in the postseason three times, including the 1975 World Series with the Red Sox.

A .274 career hitter, Beníquez hit 79 home runs with 610 runs and 476 RBI in 1500 games played. After his major league career was over, he held the record for having played for eight American League teams.

Beníquez hit .359 while playing for the St. Lucie Legends of the Senior Professional Baseball Association in 1989.

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