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Encyclopedia > Kris Benson
Kris Benson
Baltimore Orioles — No. 34
Starting Pitcher
Born: November 7, 1974 (1974-11-07) (age 32)
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
Major League Baseball debut
April 91999 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Selected MLB statistics
(through October 2, 2007)
Record     68-73
ERA     4.32
Strikeouts     771
Teams

Kristin James Benson (born November 7, 1974 in Superior, Wisconsin) was a Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher who plays for the Baltimore Orioles in 2006. Benson pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1997 to 2004 and for the New York Mets from 2004 to 2005. In baseball or softball, a starting pitcher, often abbreviated as starter, is the pitcher who pitches the first pitch to the first batter of a game. ... is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 99th day of the year (100th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... In baseball, a strikeout or strike out (denoted by K or SO) occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ... Major league affiliations National League (1887–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 11, 20, 21, 33, 40, 42 Name Pittsburgh Pirates (1891–present) Pittsburgh Innocents (1890) Pittsburg Alleghenies (1882–1889) (Also referred to as Infants in 1890) Other nicknames The Bucs, The Buccos... The following are the baseball events of the year 1999 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Other nicknames The Amazin Mets, The Amazins, The Metropolitans, The Kings of Queens Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league... The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 5, 8, 20, 22, 33, 42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ... is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... The Fairlawn Mansion, a 42 room mansion built in 1890 by Superiors three-time mayor Martin Pattison, is now a museum Downtown Superior, Duluth is on the horizon. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 5, 8, 20, 22, 33, 42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... Major league affiliations National League (1887–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 11, 20, 21, 33, 40, 42 Name Pittsburgh Pirates (1891–present) Pittsburgh Innocents (1890) Pittsburg Alleghenies (1882–1889) (Also referred to as Infants in 1890) Other nicknames The Bucs, The Buccos... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Other nicknames The Amazin Mets, The Amazins, The Metropolitans, The Kings of Queens Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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High School

Benson attended Sprayberry High School in Marietta, GA. Kristin James Benson graduated from Sprayberry High School in 1994 with honors. Sprayberry High School was founded the day after Labor Day in 1952 and is located in Cobb County, Georgia, United States. ... Marietta is a city located in central Cobb County, Georgia6, and is its county seat. ...


College career

Olympic medal record
Men's Baseball
Bronze Atlanta 1996 Team Competition

Benson attended Clemson University from 1993 to 1996. He won the Rotary Smith Award in 1996 and still holds many school pitching records. His teammates included fellow future major-leaguers Billy Koch and Matthew LeCroy both of whom played with him in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, USA where they won the bronze medal. He also was honored as the ACC Male Athlete of the Year in 1996. This article is about the sport. ... The United States Olympics in Atlanta baseball team won a bronze medal. ... Clemson University is a public, coeducational, land-grant, research university located in Clemson, South Carolina, United States. ... The Rotary Smith Award was created in 1988 to honor the most outstanding college baseball player of the year. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... William (Billy) Koch (born December 14, 1974 in Rockville Centre, New York) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. ... Matthew Hanks LeCroy (born December 13, 1975 in Belton, South Carolina, USA) is a Major League Baseball player. ... The 1996 Summer h Olympics, formally known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and informally known as the Centennial Olympics, were held in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. ... This article is about the state capital of Georgia. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference Athlete of the Year award is given to the male and female athlete who show extraordinary talent throughout the entire season. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...


Professional career

Benson was the first pick of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft. His best season came in 2000 with Pittsburgh when he posted career bests in earned run average, strikeouts, innings pitched, and games pitched as well as his only double-digit strikeout games and his career-best three-hit complete game despite the fact that he is a groundball pitcher. After 2000, he needed Tommy John surgery and missed the entire 2001 season. The New York Mets infamously acquired him near the trading deadline of the 2004 season. On January 21, 2006, Benson was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for pitchers Jorge Julio and John Maine. Benson missed the entire 2007 season with a torn rotator cuff. [1] The Orioles agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Steve Trachsel, who replaced Benson in their starting rotation, before being traded to the Chicago Cubs for minor league players. On November 1, 2007, the Orioles released him as a free agent by declining to pick up his $7.5 million option and by paying a $500,000 buyout. This is a list of Major League Baseballs first overall draft picks from the MLB Draft. ... // June 16 — Enschede Marathon, Netherlands Mens Winner: John Mandu (KEN) 2:15:14 Womens Winner: Mieke Pullen (NED) 2:41:13 July 28 — Olympic Marathon, Atlanta, Georgia (USA) Womens Winner: Fatuma Roba (ETH) 2:26:05 August 4 — Olympic Marathon, Atlanta, Georgia (USA) Mens Winner: Josia... The First-Year Player Draft is Major League Baseballs primary mechanism for assigning amateur baseball players, from high schools, colleges, and other amateur baseball clubs, to its teams. ... See also: 1999 in sports, other events of 2000, 2001 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Dale Jarrett won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Bobby Labonte Indy Racing League - Buddy Lazier won the season championship Indianapolis 500- Juan Pablo Montoya CART Racing... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... For the typographical mode indicating deleted text, see Strikethrough. ... In baseball, innings pitched (IP) are the number of innings a pitcher has completed, measured by the number of batters and baserunners that are put out while the pitcher is in the game. ... In baseball statistics, games pitched (denoted by GP) is the number of games in which a pitcher appears. ... In baseball, a complete game (denoted by CG) is the act of a pitcher pitching an entire game himself, without the benefit of a relief pitcher. ... Tommy John surgery, known by doctors as ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (or UCL), is a surgical procedure in which a ligament in the medial elbow is replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body (often from the forearm, hamstring, knee, or foot of the patient). ... See also: 2000 in sports, other events of 2001, 2002 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Michael Waltrip won the Daytona 500, a race that also saw the death of seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt in an unspectacular crash during the... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Other nicknames The Amazin Mets, The Amazins, The Metropolitans, The Kings of Queens Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league... is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 5, 8, 20, 22, 33, 42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... Jorge Julio born Jorge Dandys Julio Tapia (March 3, 1979 in Caracas, Venezuela) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher who plays for the Florida Marlins. ... John Kevin Maine (born May 8, 1981 in Fredericksburg, Virginia) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the New York Mets. ... The rotator cuff (rotor cuff) is an anatomical term given to the group of muscles and their tendons that act to stabilize the shoulder. ... Stephen Christopher Trachsel (born October 31, 1970 in Oxnard, California) is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher with the Baltimore Orioles. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ...


Career Major League statistics

Through the 2005 season:


Pitching

In baseball statistics, games started (denoted by GS) is credited to a pitcher who throws the very first pitch to the opposing team of a single game. ... In Major League Baseball, a win (denoted W) is generally credited to the pitcher for the winning team who was in the game when they last took the lead. ... In baseball, a complete game (denoted by CG) is the act of a pitcher pitching an entire game himself, without the benefit of a relief pitcher. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... In baseball, walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) is a sabermetric measurement of how many baserunners a pitcher is responsible for allowing per inning pitched. ... In baseball, a strikeout or strike out (denoted by K or SO) occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ... In baseball statistics, strikeouts per nine innings  (denoted by SO/9) is a measure of the strikeout ability of a pitcher; calculated as the number of strikeouts obtained for every nine innings pitched: (9 x number of strikeouts) / (innings pitched). ...

Batting

Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... In Major League Baseball history, Ty Cobb had a record 4,191 hits (later revised to 4,189) by 1928; Pete Rose would surpass it 57 years later, and finish with 4,256 career hits. ... In baseball statistics, an at bat (AB) is used to calculate other data such as batting average. ... Bengie Molina of the Anaheim Angels (in gray and red) scores a run by touching home plate after rounding all the bases. ... In baseball, a double is the act of a batter safely reaching second base by striking the ball and getting to second before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... In baseball, a triple is the act of a batter safely reaching third base by striking the ball and getting to third before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ... The New York Mets are a Major League Baseball team based in the borough of Queens in New York City. ... Pedro Martinez warming up in right field of Fenway Park before a game, June 22, 2004. ... RBI is a three-letter abbreviation with multiple meanings, including Reserve Bank of India Run batted in, in baseball Radio Berlin International This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... In baseball statistics, a base on balls (BB), also called a walk, is credited to a batter and against a pitcher when a batter receives four pitches that the umpire calls balls. ... In baseball, a strikeout or strike out (denoted by K or SO) occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ... The all-time stolen base leader, Rickey Henderson, swipes third in 1985 In baseball statistics, stolen bases (denoted by SB) is a count of the number of bases successfully stolen by a player. ...

Personal life

Kris is married to Anna Benson, who was a mildly controversial figure during Benson's New York years due to her public statements [2]. The Bensons have 3 children and have founded the non-profit organization, Benson's Battalion. Anna Benson (born February 12, 1976 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American model and wife of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kris Benson. ...


External links

Preceded by
Darin Erstad
First overall pick in the MLB Entry Draft
1996
Succeeded by
Matt Anderson

  Results from FactBites:
 
Kris Benson : Sandbox.com - Kris Benson Biography from Sandbox.com (1096 words)
Benson struck out as many as 184 batters in a season as a Pirate, but he fanned just 95 in 2005 with the Mets and that was with the opportunity to face pitchers on occasion.
Benson is expected to undergo surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff and miss the entire season.
Kris Benson will likely decide this week whether he will ask the Orioles to trade him, as is his right as a veteran traded in the middle of a multiyear contract.
Kris Benson - BR Bullpen (1259 words)
Benson was a surprise success in making the 1999 Pirates rotation after the year he had with Nashville; his path was eased by a spring training injury to Jose Silva.
Benson was 4-4 with a 4.50 ERA for the 2004 Mets.
Kris and his wife had founded "Benson's Battalion" after the September 11 attacks of 2001 to help police organizations, fire departments and other public service groups.
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