|Batting average .271|
Role Baseball player
Name Marvin Benard
|Runs batted in 260|
Home runs 54
|Similar People David Green, Bobby Estalella, Dennis Martinez, Vicente Padilla, Everth Cabrera|
Education Lewis–Clark State College
Forever Giants: Marvin Benard
Marvin Larry Benard [buh-NARD] (born January 20, 1970) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who batted and threw left-handed.
Benard moved to Los Angeles with his mother and father when he was 12. After a stellar prep career at Bell High School, he went to L.A. Harbor Junior College in Wilmington, Calif., then Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. His cousin, Maurice Benard, is a soap opera actor.
His son, Isaac, was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 23rd round of the 2016 Amateur Draft and was a member of the Princeton Rays in the Appalachian League, where he hit .255 with 3 home runs and 3 stolen bases in 110 at-bats.
Major League Career
Benard played with the San Francisco Giants from 1995 to 2003. He was a starter from 1999–2001, and played most of the 1996 season due to an injury to Glenallen Hill. He won the 1999 Willie Mac Award for his spirit and leadership. Despite a disappointing postseason performance in 2000, Marvin had one of the most memorable hits of series, driving in Ellis Burks with an RBI single in Game 3 of the 2000 National League Division Series.
Benard had above-average power for a leadoff hitter. A notorious first-pitch hitter prone to striking out, Benard had good bat speed and could steal bases, though he was caught stealing 29% of the time over the course of his career. He played all three outfield positions, mostly as a center fielder. As a pinch hitter, he had a career .267 batting average. Benard hit the final Giants home run in the history of Candlestick Park, which came in the first inning of the Giants' eventual 9-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
After becoming a free agent after the 2003 season, Benard agreed to a minor-league contract with the Chicago White Sox but was released before the season began and signed with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was released after one season with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs, hitting .211 with four homers and 18 RBI in 33 games.
On April 11, 2010, Benard admitted to using steroids during the 2002 season in which the Giants reached the World Series.
He is currently the hitting coach for Tri-Cities Dust Devils the short season Single A team for San Diego Padres for 2015 season.