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Benny Ayala
Left fielder
Born: February 7, 1951 (1951-02-07) (age 58)
Yauco, Puerto Rico
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
August 27, 1974 for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1985 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
Batting average     .251
Hits     217
Home runs     38
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Career highlights and awards

Benigno Ayala Felix (born February 7, 1951 in Yauco, Puerto Rico) is a former Major League Baseball player who had a 10-season career from 1974 to 1985. He played outfield, first base, and designated hitter. He played for the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals both of the National League and the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians both of the American League.

Ayala made his major league debut as the Mets' starting left fielder at Shea Stadium on August 27, 1974. With one out and the bases empty, he hit a home run in his first at bat off the Houston Astros' Tom Griffin to open a three-run rally in the bottom of the second inning in a 4–2 Mets victory.[1] Wearing uniform number 18 and strictly a corner outfielder, Ayala played in only 45 games with the Mets (23 in 1974, 22 in 1976).[2][3]

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