March 29, 2012

A Tale of Two Be(a)nes

Raise your hand if you remember Billy Beane's brief stint in the Majors?

Now, to those of you with your hand raised...do you remember remembering Beane when you first heard the name of pitcher Bill Bene?

I do.

Both gentlemen were big league busts, but...that's where the similarities end. One went on to glory to as the moneyballin' General Manager of the Oakland A's.

The other, well, he ended up being regarded as "perhaps one of the most notable draft busts of his era". Until he added this gem to his resume.

 The former 1988 fifth overall pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers is looking at a maximum sentence of eight years behind bars, plus a fine of $250,000 for, wait for it...selling counterfeit karaoke machines.

Apparently, Bene didn't report more than $600,000 in sales between 2006 and 2010 and, to top it off, he is charged with selling hard drives containing close to 122,000 illegally copied karaoke songs.

 Something tells me Bill Bene's movie won't star Brad Pitt.

  ***Slap on the back to everyone's favorite martian from Old Time Family Baseball.***

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