Sunday, April 11, 2010

Catching up with former Met Benny Agbayani

Looks like the Former Met is still young enough to pick up a bat and get in some clutch hits for the Mets.

The Daily News ran a story which you can check out
here in the story it chats with Benny and how now retired he is taking on his second career in his native hawaii in education.
"I figured, 'Maybe it would be a good thing for me to give back to the state of Hawaii and the kids here," Agbayani says. "The kids ask me, 'Why are you doing this? Didn't you make enough money?' I tell them I had the opportunity to have such a great life. Maybe I can guide them in the right direction, explain their options after high school. It might not be professional baseball, but something."

Agbayani, a 30th-round pick of the Mets in 1993, was lucky enough to have a baseball career. He played 383 games in the majors - 322 for the Mets - from 1998-2002, hitting .274 with 39 home runs. He played in 119 games for the Mets' 2000 World Series team, batting .289 with 15 homers and 60 RBI.

He also played for former Met manager Bobby Valentine in Japan. He played 6 seasons in Japan. He had some clutch hits in the 2000 playoffs.

Nice to read about some the former Mets who were not the big stars of the team but guys who the fans loved and played the game hard.


Anonymous said...

I met him and spoke to him at Ground Zero around the 18th of September,2001.

The assorted agencies involved in rescue and recovery brought in some celebrities to boost morale of the workers.

B.A. was visibly stunned and concerned for all. His empathy helped me. Thanks,Benny ,you are a true class act !

Anonymous said...

funny that one game when he thought it was three outs.