Kris Benson

Baseball Player
Born Nov 7, 1974

Kristin James Benson is a former Major League Baseball starting pitcher. Benson pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1999 to 2004, New York Mets from 2004 to 2005, Baltimore Orioles in 2006 to 2007, Texas Rangers in 2009, and Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010.… Read More

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1974 Birth Born on November 7, 1974.


1993 18 Years Old Benson attended Clemson University from 1993 to 1996.


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. (Koch reported teammates referred to Benson as "The Messiah".) Benson went undefeated during the regular season of his junior year (14–0 with a 1.40 ERA) with 178 strikeouts in 142 innings pitched. … Read More
1997 22 Years Old After being signed for what was believed to be a then-record signing bonus, he spent two years in the minor leagues with the Lynchburg Hillcats and Carolina Mudcats in 1997, and the Nashville Sounds in 1998.
1999 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Benson made his first major league start on April 9, 1999. … Read More
2000 25 Years Old After 2000, he needed Tommy John surgery and missed the entire season. … Read More


2006 31 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 21, 2006, Benson was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for pitchers Jorge Julio and John Maine. … Read More
2007 32 Years Old Benson missed the entire season with a torn rotator cuff. Steve Trachsel replaced Benson in their starting rotation before being traded to the Chicago Cubs for minor league players. On November 1, 2007, the Orioles declined to pick up his $7.5 million option and instead paid a $500,000 buyout. … Read More
2008 33 Years Old 1 More Event
On June 29, 2008, after two years away from competitive baseball, Benson made his Triple-A debut for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, throwing 73 pitches. … Read More
2009 34 Years Old After proving ineffective as a sporadic reliever upon his return, he was outrighted to the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, on June 9, 2009. … Read More
2011 36 Years Old Benson retired on Jan 10th, 2011.
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