- Nov 21, 2005
I had the same Mark Kotsay thought. Interesting that he and Benintendi were both fantastic college players, both winning the Golden Spikes award (Benintendi also won the player of the year award), with Benintendi being drafted 7th in 2015 and Kotsay drafted 9th in 1996. Their numbers age 21-25 are surprisingly similar, with Benintendi putting up 10 more home runs during that time (and showing slightly better numbers overall).I also get that people had attachments to Benny. He's got a 'heartthrob' and throwback quality that appeals to a lot of older fans in New England. I but I also don't see that we need to overreact to this or bemoan some fundamental loss of tradition. Mookie is a Hall of Famer, but Benny's not a star. He's a Mark Kotsay-style player in a league where that skill set is not nearly as valuable as it used to be.