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Alan Paul Benes, (b. January 21, 1972 in Evansville, Indianamarker), was a Major League Baseball pitcher who pitched for three teams over the course of eight seasons.

Benes attended Creighton Universitymarker where he was part of Creighton's NCAA College World Series appearance . He began his major league career in 1995, pitching in three games for the St. Louis Cardinals. His highlight years included the and seasons with the Cardinals, when he won a combined 22 games and struck out 291 batters over 353 innings. His performance during the 1996 season helped the Cardinals reach the playoffs for the first time since 1987. During the 1996 post-season, Alan posted an 0-1 record with an 2.84 ERA.

Alan sat out the majority of the and seasons with an arm injury, which would never allow him to return to top form.

From through , Alan pitched a combined 123 innings with St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers. After various stints in the minor leagues following the 2003 season, Alan retired before the season and is currently serving as an instructor to the St. Louis Cardinals.

He is the younger brother and former teammate of retired major league pitcher Andy Benes, and the older brother of former minor league pitcher Adam Benes.


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