Monday, April 24, 2017

Benintendi In Elite Company Of Cronin And Conigliaro

With his 5-5 performance on Sunday in Baltimore, Andrew Benintendi became the youngest player (age 22) since Joe Cronin to achieve that feat. Hall of Famer Cronin did it in 1929 for the Washington Senators—before he joined the Carmine Hose. The last Red Sox player to go 5-5 was Tony Conigliaro. In April of 1967—just four months before being beaned by Jack Hamilton—Tony C. went 5-5 against (who else?) the Yankees. The last player to go 5-5 was Royals first-baseman Eric Hosmer, who did it six years ago in 2011. Benintendi—a strong candidate for AL Rookie Of The Year—is now hitting .347, with a .415 on-base percentage.