Former Ranger Benji Gil Suits Up for Forth Worth

Devon TeepleAnalyst IMay 24, 2012

Long-time Texas Ranger and Anaheim Angel Benji Gil has signed on to play shortstop for the Fort Worth Cats of the North American League. 

One year after winning the World Series with the Anaheim Angels in 2002, Gil has been off the radar when it comes to professional baseball. 

Eight years in the pros and mostly playing the part of a utility player, Gil never played more than 130 games in a season, and when his career was finished, he played in more than 600 games, belted 32 home runs and piled up 171 RBI in the process. 

Once his days in MLB were finished, Gil bounced around Triple A with Chicago, Detroit, and the New York Mets. However, since 2006, Gil has been playing in the Mexican League with Monterrey, Chihuahua, and Oaxaca. 

In those six years, he’s gone deep 41 times, has driven in 249 runs, and batted .317 over the course of 1600 at bats. 

Gil was recently added to the Cats roster after ex-TCU shortstop Shelby Ford went down with a hamstring injury. 

I talk about this a lot, but you can always expect the unexpected from Independent baseball. It gives those on the cusp that one opportunity to live out a dream, but also gives former Word Series champions a chance to get back on the diamond. 

The NAL, which has over 2 million fans view their games each year, has seen many former Major Leaguer’s join and has seen over 35 players sign professional contracts. 

Indy ball gives you affordable family entertainment but the product on the field is second to none.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here.

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