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San Diego Padres
34 Game Hit Streak
NL Rookie Record 24/34
Benito Santiago Engraved
Black Big Stick Baseball Bat
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This name uses
Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Santiago and the
second or maternal family name is Rivera.
Born: March 9, 1965
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Batted: Right Threw: Right
September 14, 1986
for the San Diego Padres
Last MLB appearance
April 11, 2005 for
the Pittsburgh Pirates
Runs batted in 920
San Diego Padres (1986–1992)
Toronto Blue Jays
Chicago Cubs (1999)
San Francisco Giants
Kansas City Royals
Career highlights and
NLCS MVP (2002)
NL Rookie of the Year
3× Gold Glove Award
4× Silver Slugger
Award (1987, 1988, 1990, 1991)
San Diego Padres Hall
Rivera (born March 9, 1965) is a Puerto Rican former professional baseball
player. He played for twenty seasons as a catcher in Major League Baseball
for ten different teams, although his greatest success came with his first
team, the San Diego Padres. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Santiago was
considered the premier catcher in the National League.
Santiago was signed
as an amateur free agent by the San Diego Padres on September 1, 1982. After
playing four seasons in the minor leagues, he made his Major League debut with
the Padres on September 14, 1986 at the age of 21. The next year, Santiago
established a Major League record for a rookie by hitting safely in 34 straight
games. It was also the longest hitting streak by a catcher in major league
history. He ended the season with what would be career-highs in hits (164),
doubles (33) and batting average (.300). Santiago was the unanimous
selection for the 1987 National League Rookie of the Year Award. Although he
struggled defensively, leading the league in errors and passed balls, his
hitting performance earned him the 1987 Silver Slugger Award which is awarded
annually to the best offensive player at each position.
initially made an impression with his offensive statistics, he soon became
known for his defensive prowess, most notably for his strong throwing arm.
Santiago was known for his ability to throw out would be base stealers from a
kneeling position. In 1988, he led National League catchers in assists and
in baserunners caught stealing with a 45% average when the league average was
30%. Although he still led the league's catchers with 12 errors, it was
an improvement over the 22 he had committed the previous season. Santiago was
awarded the first of three consecutive Gold Glove Awards in 1988. Santiago
also claimed his second successive Silver Slugger Award as the Padres improved
to finish in third place in the National League Western Division.
Although he was
hitting for only a .236 average at mid-season in 1989, his defensive reputation
earned him the starting catcher's role in the 1989 All-Star Game. He
was awarded the 1989 National League Gold Glove Award for catchers, as the
Padres climbed to second place in the season's final standings.
Santiago rebounded in
1990 and was hitting for a .317 batting average with 9 home runs in mid-June
when he was hit by a pitch and had to miss six weeks of the season. He
finished the season with a .270 average along with 11 home runs and 53 runs
batted in to earn his third Silver Slugger Award. He was also named as a
reserve player for the National League team in the 1990 All-Star Game and won
his third consecutive Gold Glove Award.
Before the 1991 season,
Santiago asked for a four-year contract worth $11 million, but lost his
arbitration case and was awarded a one-year contract worth $1.65 million. A
disgruntled Santiago announced that he would leave the Padres when he became
eligible for free agency after the 1992 season. He was also disillusioned
when the Padres traded away players such as Joe Carter and Jack Clark. In
June, Padres manager, Greg Riddoch, benched Santiago for his lack of hustle on
the playing field. Despite the difficulties, Santiago led the league's
catchers with 100 assists and posted a career-high 87 runs batted in.
Santiago returned to
arbitration before the 1992 season, this time winning a $3.3 million one-year
contract that made him the highest paid catcher in baseball. In September
1992, the Padres announced that they would not seek to re-sign Santiago, in
what was seen as a cost-cutting measure.
Santiago is also
unusual for his uniform number; from 1991 to 1994, Santiago wore a jersey with
the number 09, making him one of the only major professional sports players to
have ever worn a jersey with a leading zero as part of his uniform number.
On December 16, 1992,
Santiago signed with the newly established franchise Florida Marlins and hit
the first home run in team history. Despite hitting for a .273 average in 1994,
he was granted free agency after the season as the Marlins were ready to
promote their young catching prospect, Charles Johnson. On April 17, 1995,
the Cincinnati Reds signed him and he briefly recovered his form batting
.286. On January 30, 1996, he joined the Phillies, where he became the first
player to hit a grand slam off Greg Maddux in the regular season after Maddux
had been pitching for nearly ten years. Santiago also hit a home run in
four consecutive at bats in the same season. Santiago ended the season with a
career-high 30 home runs, along with 85 runs batted in, for the last place
Santiago then signed
a contract to play for the Blue Jays (1997-1998) where he lost almost the
entire 1998 season to a serious injury sustained in a car crash in Florida.
A free agent again, he played 89 games for the Cubs in 1999 and played for
Cincinnati in 2000.
Resurgence with the
Santiago arrived in
San Francisco on March 17, 2001. He played in 133 games and helped the Giants
finish in second place, two games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in the
National League West. He shared the 2001 Willie Mac Award with Mark
Gardner, which recognized the spirit and leadership of each. Santiago had
another good year in 2002, appearing in 126 games and finishing third among
National League catchers with a .995 fielding percentage. He earned his
fifth All-Star berth and ended the season with a .278 batting average with 74
runs batted in as the Giants once again finished second to the Diamondbacks and
claimed the National League Wild Card berth.
The Giants defeated
the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the play-offs then met the St. Louis
Cardinals in the 2002 National League Championship Series. Santiago hit two
home runs in the series along with 6 runs batted in, and was awarded the League
Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award as the Giants defeated the Cardinals
in five games. In the 2002 World Series against the Anaheim Angels,
Santiago delivered 5 runs batted in as the Giants were defeated in a seven-game
In 2003, the
38-year-old Santiago continued to perform well, hitting fifth in the batting
order behind Barry Bonds, he appeared in 108 games while posting a .279 batting
average with 56 runs batted in.
On December 11, 2003,
Santiago, again a free agent, signed with the Kansas City Royals. By June 18,
he was hitting .274 with six home runs and 23 RBI when he was hit by a pitch
from Geoff Geary that broke his hand. After the 2004 season, the Royals traded
him to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Leo Núñez, a minor league pitcher. The
Pirates let Santiago go after a mere 23 at-bats in favor of giving playing time
to young David Ross. Santiago signed with the New York Mets to a minor-league
contract, but he appeared in only a handful of games. He opted out of his
Triple-A contract, but did not play in the major leagues in 2006.
He was inducted into
the San Diego Padres Hall of Fame on August 8, 2015.
In a twenty-year
major league career, Santiago played in 1,978 games, accumulating 1,830 hits in
6,951 at bats for a .261 career batting average along with 217 home runs, 920
runs batted in and an on-base percentage of .307. He ended his career with a
.987 fielding percentage.
A five-time All-Star,
Santiago was known for his strong defensive skills, leading National League
catchers three times in assists, once in fielding percentage and once in
baserunners caught stealing. As 2010 began, Santiago was tied for eighth on
the all-time list of games caught with Brad Ausmus, with 1,917.
In 2003, Santiago was
named by FBI investigators as one of the athletes alleged to have received
anabolic steroids. He was linked to performance enhancers in the book Game of
On December 13, 2007,
Santiago was written about in the Mitchell Report on page 134. "At the end
of the 2003 season, Mike Murphy, a Giants clubhouse attendant, was cleaning out
Santiago’s locker when he found a sealed package of syringes. Murphy brought
the syringes to the training room, handed them to Conte, and told Conte that he
had found them in Santiago’s locker. Conte responded that he “would take care
of it.” Murphy recalled that the Giants’ assistant athletic trainer Dave
Groeschner also was present in the training room during this