Kris Benson Retires

Fifteen years after being the first overall pick in the 1996 draft, Kris Benson is calling it a career. The right-hander told Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that he has decided to formally retire.

"I’m done," said the 36-year-old right-hander. "I decided pretty much after this past season that I wasn’t going to pursue anything. I’ve been putting way too much into it and not getting enough out of it, as far as the rehab, working out, training, and then not getting the type of results I expect from myself."

"I wanted to make this decision now, rather than go into another season on another minor-league deal. I didn’t want to go through the head games of, ‘Am I going to make the team?’ I don’t mind the pressure. I just don’t want to fall into another situation like I had the last couple years, where I busted my tail getting back and then got hurt again shortly after I made the team."

Benson pitched for five different teams in his 12-year career, most recently for the Diamondbacks. He made just three starts for Arizona in 2010, throwing 14 innings with a 5.14 ERA. Benson spent the majority of his career with the Pirates, where he posted a 4.26 ERA in 782 innings across parts of six seasons. He retires with a 70-75 record and a 4.42 ERA in 1,243 2/3 innings.

Injuries hampered Benson throughout his career. He missed the 2001 season due to Tommy John surgery, and then missed the 2007 and 2008 seasons after having surgery to repair a damaged rotator cuff. All told, Benson hit the disabled list no fewer than eight times in his career, almost all with arm related ailments. says he earned more than $36MM in his career, the majority of which came from the three-year, $22.5MM contract he signed with the Mets before the 2005 season.

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  1. start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

    You mean Anna Benson’s husband retires?

    • I was just thinking the same thing. I’m sure he’s disappointed not to have had more of a career, but going home to that young lady and $38 million or so bucks probably dulls the pain considerably.

      • Bender44 5 years ago

        Listening to her speak probably ratchets that pain up a touch, though.

      • RedSoxDynasty 5 years ago

        Divorced! He’s now going home to his cats and 19 million! Remember when she told the press how she’d sleep with every one of his teammates if he ever cheated on her? Those crazy Playboy Bunnies! Lol!

        • RedSoxDynasty 5 years ago

          Correction! She withdrew her divorce petition back in 06 which is good news for their 3 kids!

          • You people know entirely too much about the personal lives of absolute strangers that know NOTHING about you . . .

          • RedSoxDynasty 5 years ago

            And your point is what? Benson is a celebrity who’s personal life is public knowledge! He’s made millions and been treated like a King probably his whole life so who gives a poop if everyone knows his business! If the poor baby feels hurt, give him a call, his numbers in the phonebook! And if you want to see his wife nude buy her issue in Playboy where she was on the cover. Real private folks those Bensons are!

          • My point is who cares? He’s famous, he’s not a “celebrity.” Jagoff fanboys that need to know every little detail about people they see on TV make them “celebrities.” The only people who care about, or know, personal things about famous people are losers who live what little life they have vicariously through others.

            Aside from cheating at the game, I couldn’t care less at what a BALLPLAYER does off the field.

          • RedSoxDynasty 5 years ago

            If u don’t care then dont post! Losers trying to control other peoples lives are annoying! Oh yeah, finding info doesn’t make one a fanboy, it means one is intelligent enough to know how to google!

  2. Everyone saw this coming before he signed the minor league contract to the DBacks

  3. tigers22 5 years ago


  4. InLeylandWeTrust 5 years ago

    Anna Benson>Kris Benson

  5. vtadave 5 years ago

    $36 million for Kris Benson.

    $35k a year for those teaching our children.


    • Babawhitesox 5 years ago

      Breaking news: Athletes get payed a lot more than average people. I’m not saying it’s fair, but it is what it is. People need to grow up, face that fact and quit whining about it.

    • I can teach a class. Yet I can’t even come close to pitching like Kris Benson, even though he was basically a fringe major leaguer the last few years. It is all about supply and demand.

      • Great teachers are priceless.I’ve been fortunate to have had a handful of great instructors.

        • Nicholas Grimson 5 years ago

          Unfortunately I think they are talking about market value and not the value you in your head assign to teachers.

  6. And this was relevent to baseball how?

  7. jeffmaz 5 years ago

    so what’s Kris gonna do now…

  8. Loody 5 years ago

    I remember seeing him when he came up in ’99 with the Pirates and thinking he was going to be a stud pitcher. He just never panned out.

  9. Mr. Anna Benson, you had a good run.

  10. goredsgo 5 years ago

    Is Anna Benson really a playboy bunny? I thought she wa a model

  11. same thing son.

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