Benito Santiago Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Anusuya Mukherjee
Nov 09, 2023 By Anusuya Mukherjee
Originally Published on May 15, 2022
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About Benito Santiago

Benito Santiago is one of the finest players that Major League Baseball (MBL) has ever produced. 
Benito Santiago is a famous national league baseball player, who was born on March 9, 1965, near Ponce in Puerto Rico. He is a five-time MLB All-Star national league catcher whose career spanned 20 years from 1986 to 2005 and Benito is one of the richest to have played baseball.

Benito Santiago’s Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Benito Santiago’s net worth?

Benito Santiago is one of the richest MBL players and his net worth is estimated to be approximately $13 million.

How much does Benito Santiago earn per year?

During his playing years, Benito Santiago used to earn $400,000 on average, each year.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Benito Santiago?

Benito Santiago is 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) tall.

How old is Benito Santiago?

Born on March 9, 1965, Puerto Rico-born Benito Santiago just celebrated his 57th birthday in 2022.

Childhood And Education

Benito Santiago was born in the Puerto Rican city of Ponce. His father Jose was a truck driver who died when Benito was only three months old. His mother gave him up to her friends and left and the national league player grew up without knowing who his mother was. He attended John F. Kennedy School in the city of San Isabel, Puerto Rico. But he never attended college.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Benito Santiago's partner?

Benito Santiago was married to Blanca and they have two sons and two daughters. His son Benito Santiago Jr. is a Puerto Rican professional basketball player.

Career And Professional Highlights

San Diego Padres signed Benito Santiago when he was still an amateur in 1982. He was just 21 when they picked him for his MBL debut on September 14, 1986. Back then, Benito was considered the best catcher in the national league.     
Early in his career, Benito Santiago had difficulties defensively but he made it up with his offense. Benito Santiago quickly became famous for his strong throwing tactics. He wore the number nine uniform jersey from 1991 to 1994.
He possessed the unique ability to throw from a kneeling position. By 1987 he had mastered the game and won the Silver Slugger award reserved for the best offensive player. 
In 1987, Benito Santiago broke an MBL record for a rookie when he hit safely in 34 games straight. That record was also the longest hitting streak by any national league catcher in MBL history. By the end of that season, he had 164 hits and 33 doubles at a stunning batting average of .300. That performance earned Benito the National League Rookie of the Year Award.  
In 1989, even though his hitting average was only .236, his excellent defensive reputation made him San Diego Padres' starting catcher in their All-Star Game. The team climbed to the second spot by the season’s finale and Benito Santiago was rewarded with the National League Gold Glove Award for his catching performance.  
During the 1990 season, Benito Santiago missed out on six weeks when he was injured after being hit by a pitch. His batting average was .317 and still, he finished the season with an average of .270 and had 11 home runs. That performance for the San Diego team earned him his third Silver Slugger Award and Gold Glove award. Benito appeared on the reserve player list for the National League team for the All-Star game.    
By 1990, the San Diego Padres had traded key players like Jack Clark and Joe Carter and the professional baseball player decided to move on. He still scored a career-high 87 runs and had 100 assists to his name. 
San Diego Padres retained Benito Santiago in 1991 and paid him $3.3 million for a one-year extension. Back then, it was the highest that any team had paid for any national league's catchers. They also announced that they would not be able to afford him for the next season.  
By December 1992, the newly founded Florida Marlins signed him and it was Benito Santiago who hit the team’s first home run. Though he averaged .273 between 1993-1994, Florida Marlins decided to free him and went with their latest find, Charles Johnson 
For the 1995 season, Benito Santiago joined the Cincinnati Reds, a team he would rejoin later in 2000. His batting averaged .286 but his dip in form became pretty evident. In 1996, he moved to the Philadelphia Phillies and created national league history again by hitting Greg Maddux for a grand slam. That same season, the professional baseball player hit a home run four times while batting and ended the season with 30 home runs and scored 85 runs, while batting last.  
Benito Santiago signed up with the Toronto Blue Jays and was with the team for the 1997 and 1998 seasons. He was involved in a car accident near Florida and Benito lost the entire season of 1998. He recovered and joined the Chicago Cubs for the 1999 season. For the Chicago cubs, Benito Santiago played 89 games and then moved to his earlier team, the Cincinnati Reds for the 2000 season.  
From the Cincinnati Reds, the San Francisco Giants signed him in 2001 and that move saw the resurgence of Benito Santiago. He played 133 games and by the end of the season, his San Francisco team was placed second. The San Francisco Giants fell just two games short of the eventual winners, Arizona Diamondbacks and the professional baseball player shared that year’s Willie Mac Award with Giants pitcher, Mark Gardner. 
Santiago ended the 2002 season with 126 games under his belt, while still playing for San Francisco. His fielding percentage was .995 and he finished third among the League's catchers. Benito Santiago averaged .278 while batting and scored 74 runs. He was again selected to the All-Star team, the fifth of his career. For his performance, Santiago was rewarded with the League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award.  
Even though he was 38 years old by then, Benito Santiago continued his good performance in 2003. He played 108 games, posted a batting average of .279, and scored 56 runs but his contract with the San Francisco Giants ended. 
The national league signed up for the Kansas City Royals for the 2004 season. His batting average was just .274 when he broke his hand from a Geoff Geary pitch, in June. The Kansas City Royals swapped him for the 2005 season and Benito Santiago ended up playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates. When the Pirates released him, Santiago joined the New York Mets briefly. He played a few games but decided to hang up his boots at the age of 39.  

Best Known For…

Benito Santiago's remarkable national league career lasted for 20 years. His MLB career ended but not before Benito Santiago had played 1,978 games. The baseball player scored 1,830 runs at a batting average of .261 with 6,951 at-bats and had 217 home runs in major leagues. Benito’s on-base percentage was .307 with a career fielding percentage of .987.

Charity Work

After retirement from baseball, Benito Santiago has been active in Latino charity events in both San Francisco and Puerto Rico.

What awards has Benito Santiago won?

Benito Santiago won the Gold Glove Award thrice between 1988-1990. The national league player was also awarded the Silver Slugger Award four times (1987, 1988, 1990, 1991). Benito Santiago won the Gold Gloves thrice between 1988-1990. 

Benito Santiago’s Hobbies And Interests

Benito Santiago likes to keep his personal life to himself and his hobbies are not known.

Other Interesting Benito Santiago Facts And Trivia

  • Benito Santiago has written a book called 'Benito Santiago Behind the Mask: My Life of Baseball' and it is available online. 
  • Back in 2003, there were rumors that Benito Santiago was using anabolic steroids. 
  • For the 1990 season, Benito Santiago demanded $11 million for a four-year contract but was awarded $1.65 million for a one-year contract.
  • Benito Santiago's baseball card is worth $4.53. 
  • Because of anabolic steroid rumors, Benito Santiago missed out on the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Benito Santiago Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Benito Santiago

Date of Birth

1965-03-08

Nationality

American

Place of Birth

Ponce

Age

Height

185 cm

Eye Color

Brown

Occupation

Baseball player

Education

John F. Kennedy School

Net Worth

13000000

Partner

Blanca

Annual Earnings

400000
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Written by Anusuya Mukherjee

Bachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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Anusuya MukherjeeBachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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