Kris Benson
Baseball player
Kris Benson
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.
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Sunday Routine: How Malay Spends His Sundays: Cooking at Home, Music in the Studio
NYTimes - 9 days
The Grammy-winning music producer and his wife, the singer Iris Belson, bracket his shortened workday with walks, workouts, cooking and TV.
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Kris Benson's model ex-wife arrested on weapons charges
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
The estranged wife of former major league pitcher Kris Benson has been arrested on weapons charges in Georgia.
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'Baseball Wives' Star Arrested For Threatening Ex With Gun, Metal Baton
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Anna Benson, the estranged wife of former New York Mets pitcher Kris Benson, was arrested Monday evening on felony assault charges after she allegedly stormed Kris' home and threatened him with a gun. Kris, who filed for divorce from the "Baseball Wives" star last year, told police Anna showed up at his Smyrna, Ga., apartment Monday night after she was ordered by the court to vacate their marital home, according to TMZ. Anna was allegedly brandishing a gun and metal baton and wearing a bulletproof vest. Kris said she threatened to hit him with the baton and then pulled out the handgun and demanded money. The former Mets player allegedly told Anna he would go get her the cash but left the house and called the police instead. Anna was booked on four counts, including two counts of aggravated assault, one count of criminal trespassing and one count of possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of or attempt to commit a crime, according to the Cobb County S ...
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No Force On Earth Can Keep Thomas Friedman's Silky Fingers From Their Relentless Copying And Pasting
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Last week, we got word that New York Times gadabout Thomas Friedman was going to step up and claim a piece of that sweet, sweet "Conferences About How The Future Will Be More Futuristic Than We Previously Imagined" lucre. He announced he will bring "The Thomas L. Friedman's The Next New World Forum" to San Francisco, where -- for prices as low as $995 -- he and a gaggle of "experts" shall muse at you for several hours. The primary topic of the forum, it seems, is the "hyperconnected world." Now, I am no expert on the "hyperconnected world." Friedman suggests this is because I "slept through a decade," which doesn't explain why I seldom feel well-rested. Nevertheless, it would be neat if Friedman could come to understand that one consequence of a "hyperconnected world" is that most of us can see that his Times output contains a ridiculous number of redundancies. Okay, here is a snatch of text from Friedman's latest column: Here is what I mean: Something really big happ ...
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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Profile: Gerrit Cole—Everything You Need to Know - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
In 1996 the Pirates chose Kris Benson number one in the draft. Benson was beset by injuries, but still managed to make a living in the big leagues. He went 70-75 over nine seasons, playing for five different teams. Their third number one pick was a
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Comparing Sports Figures to the "Entourage" - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Kris Benson was actually a solid middle of the rotation starter early in his career, but then Anna started flashing for Playboy and sleeping with the long relievers, leaving her fading husband with far too many off-field distractions to keep his ERA
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Former Vick partner cited for kennel's state - ohmidog!
Google News - over 5 years
According to the Premier K9 website, the company has provided dogs to many athletes and celebrities, including the NBA's Joe Johnson and Ron Mercer, baseball players Rick Ankiel, Kris Benson and Brian Jordan, NFL players Fernando Bryant and Dunta
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Monahan goes into Clemson Hall - Marietta Daily Journal
Google News - over 5 years
But Monahan's teammates weren't too shabby either with eventual Major Leaguers such as pitchers Kris Benson and Billy Koch and catcher Matthew LeCroy. “I was very fortunate to have the teammates that I had while I was at Clemson,” Monahan said
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10 Wives (or Ex-Wives) of Athletes We Would Love to See in a Wrestling Ring - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Outspoken and outrageous at times, Benson is married to former MLB pitcher Kris Benson and is one sexy woman. Since she appears to be good at giving interviews, shooting promos or angles in wrestling should not be a problem for her
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Celebrated Double-A outfielder Bryce Harper visits Uht Park - GoErie.com
Google News - over 5 years
1996: Kris Benson, pitcher, Pittsburgh. Sporadic MLB career ended with Jan. 10 retirement. 1997: Matt Anderson, pitcher, Detroit. Tigers' lone No. 1 pick won 15 games for team between 1998-2003. 1998: Pat Burrell, outfielder, Philadelphia
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Rotating names in a rudderless rotation - MASNsports.com
Google News - over 5 years
Has anyone heard from Kris Benson? Richie "Hellcat" Lewis? Either one of the Mike Smiths (Texas or Mississippi)? I might have settled for Justin Duchscherer with a bad hip. Is there a rule against using a folding chair on the mound?
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Shaking Off Deadline-Day Nerves - Wall Street Journal (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
It's otherwise a mixed bunch, ranging from Hall of Fame-caliber pitchers such as Randy Johnson and Tom Seaver to journeymen such as Ernie Broglio (infamously dealt for Lou Brock) and Kris Benson. Jimenez can rest assured that his wasn't the worst last
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Pirates' wins and losses at the trade deadline - Beaver County Times
Google News - over 5 years
--Infielders Jose Bautista and Ty Wigginton, and pitcher Matt Peterson from the New York Mets for pitcher Kris Benson and infielder Jeff Keppinger, July 30, 2004. The Pirates got enough talent back; they just didn't keep it
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Sam Borden: A former general manager offers three deadline rules to remember - SI.com
Google News - over 5 years
As an example, Duquette pointed to 2004, when he was the GM of the Mets, and made a deal with the Orioles in which he essentially swapped Ty Wigginton for Kris Benson. The deal had been percolating for two months and, in the beginning, the Orioles kept
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The 50 Worst Draft Flops in Sports History - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
The number one overall pick in the 1996 draft, Kris Benson had some solid years but is better know for having a hot, if not overly obnoxious, wife. As of last season, Benson has had a solid but not great Major League career, going 70-75 with a 4.42 ERA
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Matt Kemp, Shane Victorino, And Jair Jurrjens: A Look At 'Non-Trades' - SB Nation (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The Pirates figure heavily in one of these five non-trades, which makes sense if you remember that former Bucs GM Dave Littlefield was the guy who turned down Ryan Howard for Kris Benson
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Top 8 MLB Rumored Blockbusters That Didn't Go Down - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
The offered Ryan Howard, who was at the time in Class-AA Reading, for Kris Benson. Benson was at the time nothing more than a slightly above-average guy, and Ryan Howard would go on to become one of the game's best power hitters and win an MVP
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Fishing forecast, July 15 - Orlando Sentinel
Google News - over 5 years
The 8A-Reef and Kris Benson are good places to start. Keep an eye on the fish finder and work any areas with plenty of bait. Pinfish and shrimp both work well.. Currently there are no comments. Be the first to comment! All comments are filtered for
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kris Benson
    THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 36
    Benson retired on Jan 10th, 2011.
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  • 2009
    Age 34
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On March 15,, Benson signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. On April 15, it was announced that Benson would be the fifth starter for Arizona. He had two effective starts when he first got called up, but injured his shoulder again during his third start against the Colorado Rockies. He also pitched for the Diamondbacks Triple-A affiliate in Reno, Nevada, the Reno Aces.
  • 2008
    Age 33
    He was released on August 30, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details On February 21,, Benson signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Texas Rangers. Benson made the Opening Day 25 man roster as one of the Rangers' starting pitchers, but after a short stint on the disabled list, he was relegated to the bullpen in long relief. Benson had made over 200 consecutive starts before the move to the bullpen.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He played 11 games for the IronPigs, but was 1–4 with a 5.52 ERA. However, after two rough initial outings, he went 1–2 with a 3.80 ERA over his remaining 9 starts.
  • 2007
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On February 13,, the Philadelphia Phillies signed Benson to a minor league deal.
  • 2006
    Age 31
    Her husband dismissed the Pirates treatment of his wife as "a lot of jealousy and a lot of pettiness."' Anna filed for divorce on March 31, 2006, citing an "irretrievably broken" marriage., but later withdrew the petition. They have had three children together (daughter Haylee, and sons P.J. and Devin James) and are also parenting Anna Benson's daughter from her first marriage (Alyssa Warren). In 2012, Kris served Anna with divorce papers.
    More Details Hide Details Benson now appears to be dating Brittany Page, daughter of retired professional wrestler Diamond Dallas Page. Benson, who earned over $38,000,000 during his playing career, has supported several charities since beginning his professional career. (In an interview on The Howard Stern Show Anna Benson explained that at least one of her husband's contracts had been structured with charitable contributions so that this income could not be taxed.) In 2001, after 9/11, the couple founded the non-profit organization Benson's Battalion, whose work then-Rep. Melissa Hart praised in a citation to the Congressional Record in 2004. The Battalion raised funds for emergency services in the wake of 9/11. They also made considerable contributions to the Red Cross and United Way for 9/11 relief. In 2005, Benson assisted in a new charity, while with the New York Mets, called Tuesday's Children. The charity helped children who lost a parent during the Twin Tower collapses. In recognition of various community service and charity efforts, Benson has been honored with the Pittsburgh Pirates team Roberto Clemente Award, the Thurman Munson Award, the Joan Payson Award, and the New Jersey Sports Writers Humanitarian of the Year Award.
    On January 21, 2006, Benson was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for pitchers Jorge Julio and John Maine.
    More Details Hide Details Some speculated that the pitcher had been ushered out of town partly as an excuse for the Mets to part ways with his wife, outspoken model Anna Benson, who had "perturbed team officials with her risqué wardrobe and provocative comments." Kris Benson also felt that the Mets had traded him because of his wife, a position disputed by Mets management. The newly minted Oriole beat the Mets that season in interleague play. During the game, he hit his first professional home run off All-Star and Cy Young Award-winner Pedro Martinez.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2000
    Age 25
    After 2000, he needed Tommy John surgery and missed the entire season.
    More Details Hide Details He started the last game at Three Rivers Stadium and the first game ever at Great American Ballpark. Against the Mets, he broke the record for most sacrifice bunts in a game by a pitcher in MLB history with four. The New York Mets acquired him near the trading deadline of the 2004 season. During that period, Benson put together a string of 70 consecutive innings without surrendering a home run. He was awarded the Mets Best Pitcher during the month of September that year with a .76 ERA. He beat Randy Johnson twice in the interleague Subway Series, throwing 12 innings of shutout baseball against the Yankees.
  • 1999
    Age 24
    The Bensons were married in October 1999 (her second marriage, his first), the same year he reached the major leagues.
    More Details Hide Details The pitcher and model became a well-known baseball couple during Benson's time in the major leagues. After Anna reported that the couple had had sex in the parking lot of Three Rivers Stadium, an experience they wished to replicate at every major league park, concern developed within the Pirates organization that the "wild-eyed brunette was getting in the way of her husband's fastball."
    Benson made his first major league start on April 9, 1999.
    More Details Hide Details He became just the second number one overall pick to win his big league debut. His first strikeout was Sammy Sosa. Benson came in fourth place in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. He came up just shy of breaking the record for most strikeouts in team history by a rookie hurler. His best season came in with Pittsburgh when he posted career-highs 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. That year, Benson broke the record for most strikeouts in Pirates history for a right-handed pitcher.
  • 1997
    Age 22
    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.
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  • 1996
    Age 21
    Benson was the first pick of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft.
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    In the 1996 Olympics, Benson had 17 strikeouts in as many innings and a 2–1 record, but with a 5.82 ERA.
    More Details Hide Details Benson beat Nicaragua to open up the games and then Japan, but it was his single loss (11–2 to eventual silver medalist Japan) which proved costly. Benson lasted only four innings and surrendered five runs, and the bullpen gave up another six, en route to an 11–2 bludgeoning that kept the Americans from advancing to the gold medal game. (Ultimately, the U.S. settled for a bronze medal in the sport it had invented, though this represented an improvement over the squad's failure to medal in 1992.) Altogether, Benson, in the unusual position of competing in his home state of Georgia yet on a world stage, "was one of the staff's less effective arms".
    The presence of Benson, the expected number one selection in the 1996 MLB amateur draft (held that year on the same week as the CWS) helped draw additional attention to the spring series, transforming it into what one then-Clemson sports information official remembered as the "Media World Series." (Benson was, in fact, drafted by the Pirates during the team's trip to Omaha.) Despite his stellar regular season, Benson subsequently dropped two postseason decisions as the Tigers stumbled to a 2-2 CWS record.
    More Details Hide Details Nonetheless, the team's two victories ended an eight game CWS losing streak for Clemson and included a win over top-ranked Alabama. Subsequently, Benson was named College Baseball's Player of the Year, only the second (after fellow future major leaguer and Olympian Ben McDonald) to be so honored on the strength of his pitching alone. As a Tiger, he won the Baseball America Player of the Year, and ACC Player of the Year. The pitcher also became only the second baseball player and first Clemson athlete in any sport to be named the ACC Male Athlete of the Year. Other awards for his collegiate career include the Rotary Smith Award and ABCA Player of the Year, and recognition as unanimous consensus first-team All-American. He was also the recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy for his "performance, character, leadership, and courage". He has also been inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 2005 and the South Carolina Amateur Hall of Fame. In 2003 he was named to the ACC's 50-Year Anniversary baseball team. A marketing student, Benson left Clemson prior to receiving his degree.
    The victorious Tigers, starring Benson, Koch, outfielder and Regional MVP Jerome Robinson, and all-tournament outfielder Gary Burnham, entered the 1996 College World Series on a three-year streak of number-one regional seeds.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Following this strong regular season, Benson led the Tigers to the NCAA postseason. Though he pitched only one game in the Atlantic regional playoffs, the Tigers' ace earned all-tournament recognition with an outing in which he allowed only one hit, struck out eight, and walked but one batter.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1993
    Age 18
    Benson attended Clemson University from 1993 to 1996.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1974
    Born
    Born on November 7, 1974.
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