Every MLB Team's Most Important Bench Player

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Every MLB Team's Most Important Bench Player
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What makes a good bench player?

He could be a player who can play multiple positions. Being able to wear many different gloves is a great way for a non-regular to find his way into the lineup on getaway days.

Career record holder for pinch hits (212), Lenny Harris, played every position during his career except for pitcher or catcher.

He could be a pinch-hitter in the National League with a big platoon split. A righty who crushes lefties or vice versa.

He could be a low cost player with a decent amount of upside if a starter goes down. Teams like Tampa thrive off of these types of players.

They're the baseball equivalent of lottery tickets.

He could be a fifth outfielder who can't hit but has blazing speed for pinch running situations. Kansas City's use of Joey Gathright and Jarrod Dyson fits this bill.

He could be a once feared but now aging slugger, who lumbers his way to the plate two out of every three nights in a big situation.

Or he can be a mentor for a young player; willing to collect a paycheck in exchange for passing on some knowledge to some guy who is actively replacing him.

Major League benches are made up of all different types of characters.

What follows is a list of the best among them.

 

Data Courtesy Of:

www.fangraphs.com

www.baseball-reference.com

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