Former players from seven different decades came together at Packard Stadium
Sun Devil legacy Greg Bordes will replace Benjamin as the team's volunteer coach
His Hall-of-Fame career was molded on the grass and dirt of Packard Stadium
The Sun Devils play four games over four days, all at 4 p.m., at Surprise Stadium
Game time for Friday night is 6:30 p.m. at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark
Former Sun Devil infielder and big leaguer Mike Benjamin returns to Arizona State for his fourth season as an assistant coach on Tim Esmay's staff. Esmay and Benjamin were teammates at Arizona State during the 1986 and 1987 seasons under head coach Jim Brock. Benjamin was inducted into the Arizona State University Hall of Fame in 2011.
Benjamin played shortstop for the Sun Devils in 1986 and 1987, earning First Team All-American and First Team All-Pac-10 honors in 1987. He hit .315 in his ASU career, including .327 with 18 homers and 55 RBI during the '87 season. Benjamin also stole 30 bases, helping lead the Sun Devils to Omaha and the College World Series that year. He was a third round pick of the San Francisco Giants in the 1987 MLB Draft. Benjamin was named to the All-1980's squad for Arizona State Baseball by the East Valley Tribune as a shortstop.
Benjamin played 13 seasons of Major League Baseball, the first seven of which he spent with the San Francisco Giants. He made his Major League debut for the Giants on July 7, 1989 and played there through the 1995 season. He spent 1996 with the Philadelphia Phillies before joining the Boston Red Sox in 1997. He played two seasons in Boston, playing in the 1998 American League Divisional Series, before finishing his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Following his pro career, Benjamin was a coach for the Chandler National Little League team that advanced to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Benjamin' son, Michael Jr., is currently a sophomore infielder on the 2012 Sun Devil baseball team.