On Wednesday night, Anthony Bender made his Major League debut, and on Thursday, he pitched well in the Marlins’ 3-1 victory over the D-backs.
Having just completed a three-game sweep, the Marlins now face a rematch with the Brewers.
Bender predicted that “every outing at the outset” would be exciting. “I know a few players on the Brewers, but once you get out there, I think it sort of fades away. I may see some of them at [pregame] and say, “Hello.”
For the Milwaukee Milkmen in 2020, Bender played in the American Association, helping them to a title. He attributes his mental edge over other Minor Leaguers to that period of time when he had something to play for and was playing in front of spectators.
This is the third team to offer the righty reliever a shot to prove he belongs in major league baseball following the Royals and Breweries.
Before Wednesday’s game, Bender said, “To finally make it here and be ready for my debut is just great.”
This has been an incredible journey, and I wouldn’t change a thing. It just adds to the ambiance. Once you sign and get drafted, this is what you look forward to.”
As a result of his release, Bender developed an attitude of being the underdog going into Spring Training this year, motivating him to work harder and narrow his sights on the prize.
Fastball velocity has increased to nearly 100mph, making him an instant hit in Jupiter, Florida.
How Much Does Anthony Bender Make?
Anthony Bender receives a salary of $713,000 on average annually. Bender will have a base salary of $713,000 in 2022.