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Kris Benson

Kristen James Benson

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: November 7, 1974 in Kennesaw, GA
High School: Sprayberry HS (Marietta, GA)
School: Clemson University (Clemson, SC)
Drafted
by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 1996 amateur draft.
Signed August 11, 1996. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 9, 1999 (Age 24)
Teams (by GP): Pirates/Mets/Orioles/Rangers/Diamondbacks 1999-2010
Agents: Gregg Clifton,Jack Toffey [*]
Final Game: April 28, 2010 (Age 35)
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 20, 2014 12:17AM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #1074. Stump Wiedman… #1075. Larry McWilliams… #1076. Joe Hatten… #1077. KRIS BENSON… #1078. Billy Loes… #1079. Joe Haynes… #1080. Jim Bagby… 

Standard Pitching

More Stats

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA FIP G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1999 24 PIT NL 11 14 .440 4.07 4.14 31 31 0 2 0 0 196.2 184 105 89 16 83 5 139 6 1 2 840 113 1.358 8.4 0.7 3.8 6.4 1.67 RoY-4
2000 25 PIT NL 10 12 .455 3.85 4.20 32 32 0 2 1 0 217.2 206 104 93 24 86 5 184 10 0 5 936 121 1.342 8.5 1.0 3.6 7.6 2.14
2001 Did not play in major leagues (Injured)
2002 27 PIT NL 9 6 .600 4.70 4.77 25 25 0 0 0 0 130.1 152 76 68 18 50 8 79 3 1 3 576 91 1.550 10.5 1.2 3.5 5.5 1.58
2003 28 PIT NL 5 9 .357 4.97 4.53 18 18 0 0 0 0 105.0 127 67 58 14 36 4 68 1 0 7 475 88 1.552 10.9 1.2 3.1 5.8 1.89
2004 29 TOT NL 12 12 .500 4.31 3.75 31 31 0 1 1 0 200.1 202 106 96 15 61 8 134 10 0 5 854 99 1.313 9.1 0.7 2.7 6.0 2.20
2004 29 PIT NL 8 8 .500 4.22 3.62 20 20 0 0 0 0 132.1 137 69 62 7 44 5 83 6 0 2 564 102 1.368 9.3 0.5 3.0 5.6 1.89
2004 29 NYM NL 4 4 .500 4.50 4.00 11 11 0 1 1 0 68.0 65 37 34 8 17 3 51 4 0 3 290 95 1.206 8.6 1.1 2.3 6.8 3.00
2005 30 NYM NL 10 8 .556 4.13 4.63 28 28 0 0 0 0 174.1 171 86 80 24 49 5 95 4 0 4 737 100 1.262 8.8 1.2 2.5 4.9 1.94
2006 31 BAL AL 11 12 .478 4.82 5.60 30 30 0 3 0 0 183.0 199 105 98 33 58 2 88 7 0 6 781 94 1.404 9.8 1.6 2.9 4.3 1.52
2009 34 TEX AL 1 1 .500 8.46 7.62 8 2 2 0 0 0 22.1 33 23 21 6 12 0 11 3 0 0 114 56 2.015 13.3 2.4 4.8 4.4 0.92
2010 35 ARI NL 1 1 .500 5.14 5.29 3 3 0 0 0 0 14.0 18 9 8 2 6 0 8 1 0 1 67 84 1.714 11.6 1.3 3.9 5.1 1.33
9 Yrs 70 75 .483 4.42 4.54 206 200 2 8 2 0 1243.2 1292 681 611 152 441 37 806 45 2 33 5380 100 1.393 9.3 1.1 3.2 5.8 1.83
162 Game Avg. 12 13 .483 4.42 4.54 35 33 0 1 0 0 208 216 114 102 25 74 6 135 8 0 6 901 100 1.393 9.3 1.1 3.2 5.8 1.83
PIT (5 yrs) 43 49 .467 4.26 4.22 126 126 0 4 1 0 782.0 806 421 370 79 299 27 553 26 2 19 3391 105 1.413 9.3 0.9 3.4 6.4 1.85
NYM (2 yrs) 14 12 .538 4.23 4.46 39 39 0 1 1 0 242.1 236 123 114 32 66 8 146 8 0 7 1027 98 1.246 8.8 1.2 2.5 5.4 2.21
ARI (1 yr) 1 1 .500 5.14 5.29 3 3 0 0 0 0 14.0 18 9 8 2 6 0 8 1 0 1 67 84 1.714 11.6 1.3 3.9 5.1 1.33
TEX (1 yr) 1 1 .500 8.46 7.62 8 2 2 0 0 0 22.1 33 23 21 6 12 0 11 3 0 0 114 56 2.015 13.3 2.4 4.8 4.4 0.92
BAL (1 yr) 11 12 .478 4.82 5.60 30 30 0 3 0 0 183.0 199 105 98 33 58 2 88 7 0 6 781 94 1.404 9.8 1.6 2.9 4.3 1.52
NL (7 yrs) 58 62 .483 4.26 4.29 168 168 0 5 2 0 1038.1 1060 553 492 113 371 35 707 35 2 27 4485 103 1.378 9.2 1.0 3.2 6.1 1.91
AL (2 yrs) 12 13 .480 5.22 5.82 38 32 2 3 0 0 205.1 232 128 119 39 70 2 99 10 0 6 895 87 1.471 10.2 1.7 3.1 4.3 1.41

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1999 24 PIT NL 196.2 31 31 105 4.81 5.06 0.02 0.19 99.6 5.20 8 0.8 -0.1 2.3 27 .525 .505 $200,000 RoY-4
2000 25 PIT NL 217.2 32 32 104 4.30 5.07 -0.34 0.18 101.4 5.68 33 3.4 -0.1 5.1 54 .605 .521 $300,000
2002 27 PIT NL 130.1 25 25 76 5.25 4.53 0.07 0.17 103.2 4.78 -7 -0.8 -0.1 0.3 4 .470 .495 $2,700,000
2003 28 PIT NL 105.0 18 18 67 5.74 4.67 -0.05 0.18 100.9 4.94 -10 -1.0 -0.1 -0.1 -0 .447 .494 $4,300,000
2004 29 PIT NL 132.1 20 20 69 4.69 4.78 -0.14 0.19 102.2 5.22 7 0.7 -0.1 1.8 19 .536 .504 $6,150,000
2004 29 NYM NL 68.0 11 11 37 4.90 4.68 -0.23 0.18 100.7 5.13 1 0.1 -0.0 0.7 8 .512 .501
2005 30 NYM NL 174.1 28 28 86 4.44 4.63 -0.17 0.17 95.0 4.72 5 0.5 -0.1 1.9 20 .520 .503 $5,333,333
2006 31 BAL AL 183.0 30 30 105 5.16 5.10 -0.05 0.20 99.7 5.33 1 0.1 -0.1 1.9 24 .504 .501 $8,333,333
2009 34 TEX AL 22.1 8 2 23 9.27 4.93 0.04 -0.09 105.7 5.07 -11 -0.9 .1 0.2 -0.5 -8 .382 .494 $750,000
2010 35 ARI NL 14.0 3 3 9 5.79 4.59 0.18 0.17 101.9 4.67 -2 -0.2 -0.0 -0.1 -1 .440 .499 $650,000
9 Seasons 1243.2 206 200 681 4.93 4.86 -0.11 0.18 100.2 5.16 26 2.8 .1 -0.6 13.2 148 .514 .504 $28,716,666
PIT (5 yrs) 782.0 126 126 421 4.85 4.87 -0.11 0.18 101.3 5.23 30 3.1 -0.5 9.3 105 .525 .505 $13,650,000
NYM (2 yrs) 242.1 39 39 123 4.57 4.65 -0.18 0.17 96.6 4.83 7 0.7 -0.2 2.6 28 .517 .503 $5,333,333
ARI (1 yr) 14.0 3 3 9 5.79 4.59 0.18 0.17 101.9 4.67 -2 -0.2 -0.0 -0.1 -1 .440 .499 $650,000
TEX (1 yr) 22.1 8 2 23 9.27 4.93 0.04 -0.09 105.7 5.07 -11 -0.9 .1 0.2 -0.5 -8 .382 .494 $750,000
BAL (1 yr) 183.0 30 30 105 5.16 5.10 -0.05 0.20 99.7 5.33 1 0.1 -0.1 1.9 24 .504 .501 $8,333,333

Standard Batting

More Stats

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1999 24 PIT NL 31 75 65 7 10 3 0 0 7 0 0 3 24 .154 .191 .200 .391 -0 13 1 0 6 0 0 1 RoY-4
2000 25 PIT NL 32 79 65 3 6 2 0 0 1 0 0 4 29 .092 .157 .123 .280 -27 8 0 1 9 0 0 1
2001 Did not play in major leagues (Injured)
2002 27 PIT NL 27 44 40 3 7 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 11 .175 .175 .200 .375 -2 8 0 0 4 0 0 1
2003 28 PIT NL 18 37 30 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 11 .000 .032 .000 .032 -91 0 1 0 6 0 0 1
2004 29 TOT NL 31 75 58 3 8 0 0 0 5 0 0 2 26 .138 .167 .138 .305 -19 8 0 0 15 0 0 1
2004 29 PIT NL 20 50 39 2 7 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 17 .179 .200 .179 .379 0 7 0 0 10 0 0 1
2004 29 NYM NL 11 25 19 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 9 .053 .100 .053 .153 -58 1 0 0 5 0 0 1
2005 30 NYM NL 28 61 49 4 9 1 0 0 6 0 0 5 22 .184 .273 .204 .477 30 10 0 1 6 0 0 1
2006 31 BAL AL 30 9 9 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 .111 .111 .444 .556 35 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
2009 34 TEX AL 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 /1
2010 35 ARI NL 3 6 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400 6 1 0 0 1 0 0 /1
9 Yrs 208 386 321 23 42 7 0 1 22 0 0 15 127 .131 .175 .162 .337 -12 52 2 2 47 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 301 250 18 33 5 0 1 17 0 0 12 99 .131 .175 .162 .337 -12 41 2 2 37 0 0
PIT (5 yrs) 128 285 239 17 30 6 0 0 12 0 0 9 92 .126 .161 .151 .311 -19 36 2 1 35 0 0
NYM (2 yrs) 39 86 68 5 10 1 0 0 8 0 0 6 31 .147 .227 .162 .388 6 11 0 1 11 0 0
ARI (1 yr) 3 6 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400 6 1 0 0 1 0 0
TEX (1 yr) 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BAL (1 yr) 30 9 9 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 .111 .111 .444 .556 35 4 0 0 0 0 0
NL (7 yrs) 170 377 312 22 41 7 0 0 20 0 0 15 124 .131 .176 .154 .330 -13 48 2 2 47 0 0
AL (2 yrs) 38 9 9 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 .111 .111 .444 .556 35 4 0 0 0 0 0

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1999 24 PIT NL 31 75 -10 -0 -0 0 11 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .504 .501 0.1 0.0 1 $200,000 1 RoY-4
2000 25 PIT NL 32 79 -14 -1 1 0 12 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .495 .499 -0.2 -0.0 -2 $300,000 1
2002 27 PIT NL 27 44 -6 0 0 0 6 0 -0.0 0 0 -0.0 .500 .500 -0.0 0.0 0 $2,700,000 1
2003 28 PIT NL 18 37 -9 0 -0 0 5 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .478 .498 -0.4 0.0 -4 $4,300,000 1
2004 29 PIT NL 20 50 -6 -0 0 0 7 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .504 .501 0.1 0.0 1 $6,150,000 1
2004 29 NYM NL 11 25 -5 -0 0 0 4 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .491 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
2005 30 NYM NL 28 61 -5 -0 0 0 9 3 0.3 0 3 0.3 .511 .502 0.3 0.0 3 $5,333,333 1
2006 31 BAL AL 30 9 -1 0 0 0 2 0 0.1 0 0 0.1 .502 .500 0.1 0.0 0 $8,333,333 1
2009 34 TEX AL 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $750,000 /1
2010 35 ARI NL 3 6 -1 -0 0 0 1 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .498 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 $650,000 /1
9 Seasons 208 386 -57 -1 1 0 57 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .500 .500 -0.2 0.0 -1 $28,716,666
PIT (5 yrs) 128 285 -46 -0 1 0 42 -3 -0.4 0 -3 -0.4 .497 .500 -0.4 -0.0 -3 $13,650,000
NYM (2 yrs) 39 86 -10 -0 0 0 12 2 0.2 0 2 0.2 .505 .501 0.2 0.0 2 $5,333,333
ARI (1 yr) 3 6 -1 -0 0 0 1 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .498 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 $650,000
TEX (1 yr) 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .501 .500 0.0 0.0 0 $750,000
BAL (1 yr) 30 9 -1 0 0 0 2 0 0.1 0 0 0.1 .502 .500 0.1 0.0 0 $8,333,333

Standard Fielding

More Stats

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rdrs Rdrs/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1999 PIT NL 24 P 31 31 2 196.2 44 15 27 2 6 .955 1.92 1.35 .951 1.72 1.71 17 7 29% 29% 0 RoY-4
2000 PIT NL 25 P 32 32 2 217.2 38 8 28 2 0 .947 1.49 1.13 .962 1.74 1.72 11 6 35% 32% 2
2002 PIT NL 27 P 25 25 0 130.1 25 12 11 2 2 .920 1.59 0.92 .963 1.83 1.81 5 8 62% 32% 2
2003 PIT NL 28 P 18 18 0 105.0 17 6 10 1 2 .941 0 0 1.37 0.89 .957 1.84 1.83 5 3 38% 31% 0
2004 TOT NL 29 P 31 31 1 200.1 43 17 25 1 2 .977 0 0 1.89 1.35 .965 1.84 1.82 9 6 40% 28% 2
2004 PIT NL 29 P 20 20 0 132.1 31 12 19 0 2 1.000 -2 -3 2.11 1.55 .965 1.84 1.82 6 4 40% 28% 2
2004 NYM NL 29 P 11 11 1 68.0 12 5 6 1 0 .917 2 6 1.46 1.00 .965 1.84 1.82 3 2 40% 28% 0
2005 NYM NL 30 P 28 28 0 174.1 36 7 29 0 2 1.000 -1 -1 1.86 1.29 .960 1.75 1.73 14 0 0% 29% 0
2006 BAL AL 31 P 30 30 3 183.0 42 15 25 2 2 .952 -1 -1 1.97 1.33 .958 1.56 1.54 12 6 33% 30% 0
2009 TEX AL 34 P 8 2 0 22.1 3 2 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -9 1.21 0.38 .953 1.53 1.51 0 0 0
2010 ARI NL 35 P 3 3 0 14.0 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 -1 -14 1.29 0.67 .955 1.74 1.73 4 0 0% 29% 0
9 Seasons P 206 200 8 1243.2 250 83 157 10 16 .960 -4 -1 1.74 1.17 .959 1.74 1.72 77 36 32% 30% 6
9 Seasons TOT 206 200 8 1243.2 250 83 157 10 16 .960 -4 -5 1.74 1.17 .959 1.74 1.72 77 36 32% 30% 6
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
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  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
2000 NL  5.1 (5th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1999 NL  8.420 (9th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
2000 NL  217.7 (10th)

Complete Games s c a p y
2006 AL  3 (3rd)

Shutouts s c a p y
2000 NL  1 (9th)
2004 NL  1 (9th)

Home Runs s c a p y
2006 AL  33 (4th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1999 NL  0.732 (8th)
2004 NL  0.674 (8th)

Losses s c a p y
1999 NL  14 (4th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
2000 NL  10 (10th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
2004 NL  15 (3rd)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
2005 NL  1.000 (1st)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 9 (1581), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 4 (1583), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (715th), 13.0 career WAR/14.1 7yr-peak WAR/13.5 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary Sources Notes/Other Sources
199924Pittsburgh Pirates$200,00011/19/99 USA Today
200025Pittsburgh Pirates$300,0004/5/00 AP
200126Pittsburgh Pirates$3,450,0004/6/01 USA Today
200227Pittsburgh Pirates$2,700,0004/3/02 AP
200328Pittsburgh Pirates$4,300,0004/3/03 AP
200429Pittsburgh Pirates$6,150,0004/7/04 AP
200530New York Mets$5,333,333
200631Baltimore Orioles$8,333,333
200732Baltimore Orioles$7,144,556
200934Texas Rangers$750,000
201035Arizona Diamondbacks$650,000
Career to date (may be incomplete)$39,311,222
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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Name and misspellings: Kristen chris James Kris Benson

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