A Brooklyn, NY native, Benny Distefano played five years in Major League Baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros. Benny has also been a professional coach within the Detroit Tigers and New York Mets organizations for the last 15 years. His coaching responsibilities have included roles as Hitting Instructor, Outfield Coordinator, and Bench Coach. Coach Benny has also been providing baseball lessons to Houston area youth players for over 20 years.
Little League organizations are important to Benny, and he has volunteered hundreds of hours to support youth baseball. Coach Benny provides free clinics to local Little Leagues as a way to pay it forward.
Benny Distefano is the last left-handed player in major league history to play catcher (1989) and only the third lefty catcher since 1905.
He was drafted three times as a player at Alvin Community College: Los Angeles Dodgers in the 16th round of the 1981 MLB January Draft-Regular Phase, Toronto Blue Jays in the 2nd round of the 1981 MLB June Draft-Secondary Phase, Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2nd round of the 1982 MLB January Draft-Secondary Phase.
He was a participant in the first ever AAA All-Star game in Buffalo, NY and was kissed by Morgana the Kissing Bandit at home plate prior to his first at bat.
Benny played a season of professional baseball in Japan for the Chunichi Dragons
Benny broke up a David Cone no hitter in the eight inning on April 28, 1992.
Benny’s son Ben was drafted by the NY Mets in 2012 in the 37th round.