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Kris Benson

Full Name: Kristopher James Benson
Born: November 7, 1984 in Superior, WI
Height: 6’4″ Weight: 205
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Personal: Married (Anna, see picture below), two daughters (Alyssa, Haylee), son (P.J.)
Resides: Unknown
MLB Debut: April 9, 1999


Team History

  • 1996-2004: Pittsburgh Pirates (via draft on Jun 4, 1996)
  • 2004-2005: New York Mets (via trade with Jeff Keppinger for Matt Peterson, Jose Bautista, & Ty Wigginton on Jul 30, 2004)
  • 2006-2007: Baltimore Orioles (via trade for Jorge Julio & John Maine on Jan 22, 2006 – GFA Oct 29, 2007)
  • 2008: Philadelphia Phillies (as a minor league free agent on Feb 13, 2008 – Released Aug 30, 2008)
  • 2009: Texas Rangers (as a minor league free agent on Feb 21, 2009)
  • 2010 : Washington Nationals (as a minor league free agent on Mar 15, 2010)
  • Retired – Jan 10, 2011

Salary History

  • 2010: $650,000 (plus $100k in incentives, deal is major league)
  • 2009: $750,000
  • 2008: $75k a month (was only in minors)
  • 2007: $7,144,556
  • 2006: $8.3 Million
  • 2005: $5.3 Million
  • 2004: $6.15 Million
  • 2003: $4.3 Million
  • 2002: $2.7 Million
  • 2001: $3.45 Million
  • 2000: $300,000
  • 1999: $200,000

Kris Benson Links


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Omar Vizquel

Full Name: Omar Enrique Vizquel
Born: April 24, 1967 in Caracas, Venezuela
Height: 5’9″ Weight: 175
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Personal: Married (Nicole), Son (Nicholas Enrique, 9/12/95), daughter (Caylee Rae, 6/3/07)
Resides: Issaquah, WA
MLB Debut: April 3, 1989


Notes (as of Jan 2009)

  • 11-time Gold Glove Award winner (1993-2001, 2005-06), 2nd-most ever for SS
  • Oldest shortstop ever to win Gold Glove Award (39 in 2006)
  • 7th player, and 1st SS, to win multiple Gold Gloves in both AL and NL
  • 1st Giants SS to win league’s top fielding honor
  • 1 of 6 Giants to win consecutive Gold Gloves
  • .984 lifetime fielding pct. is highest all-time for SS
  • 2,570 games at SS ranks 2nd in baseball history
  • Holds ML record by turning 1,657 doubleplays at SS
  • Owns 3 of 10 best fielding seasons ever by SS
  • Established Giants franchise single-season fielding record for SS in both 2005 and 2006, including .993 mark in ’06
  • Led all ML shortstops in fielding pct. 2005-06 seasons, and 6 times in career
  • 1 of 17 players (since 1901) to play SS in majors at age 40 or over
  • 3-time AL All-Star (1998-99, 2002)
  • Leads all active players for hits (2,598) and ranks 4th for stolen bases (380)
  • Ranks 8th on all-time hits list for switch-hitters
  • Has hit .307 with RISP from 2005-2007
  • 3rd all-time with 23 SBs in post season
  • Venezuela’s captain for 2006 World Baseball Classic
  • 2013 – IF instructor for Anaheim Angels

Team History

  • 1984-1993: Seattle Mariners (as an undrafted free agent on Apr 1, 1984)
  • 1994-2004: Cleveland Indians (via trade for Felix Ferman, Reggie Jefferson, & $ on Dec 20, 1993 – GFA Oct 29, 2004)
  • 2005-2008: San Francisco Giants (as a free agent on Nov 16, 2004)
  • 2009: Texas Rangers (as a minor league free agent on Jan 21, 2009 – EFA Nov 6, 2009)
  • 2010-2011: Chicago White Sox (As a free agent on Nov 23, 2009)
  • 2012: Toronto Blue Jays (as a minor league free agent on Jan 22, 2012)
  • Retired
  • 2014: 1B Coach – Detroit Tigers

Salary History

  • 2012: $750,000 (if on major league roster)
  • 2011: $1.75 Million
  • 2010: $1.375 Million
  • 2009: $1 Million
  • 2008: $5,000,000
  • 2007: $5,140,084
  • 2006: $3,640,084
  • 2005: $3,250,000
  • 2004: $6,000,000
  • 2003: $5,500,000
  • 2002: $4,500,000
  • 2001: $3,000,000
  • 2000: $3,000,000
  • 1999: $3,050,000
  • 1998: $3,050,000
  • 1997: $3,050,000
  • 1996: $3,050,000
  • 1995: $2,900,000
  • 1994: $2,350,000
  • 1993: $1,112,500
  • 1992: $360,000
  • 1991: $180,000
  • 1990: $135,000
  • 1989: $68,000

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Jason Ellison

Full Name: Jason Jerome Ellison
Born: April 4, 1978 in Quincy, CA
Height: 5’10” Weight: 180
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Personal: Married (Raelena – 2/10/01), daughter (Ariana – 1/14/06)
Resides: Issaquah, WA
MLB Debut: May 9, 2003


Team History

  • 2000-2006: San Francisco Giants (via draft in Jun 2000)
  • 2007: Seattle Mariners (via trade for Travis Blackley on Apr 1, 2007)
  • 2007: Cincinnati Reds (via waivers on Aug 8, 2007 – EFA Oct 9, 2007)
  • 2008: Texas Rangers (as a minor league free agent on Dec 26, 2007 – DFA Aug 25, 2008)
  • 2009: Philadelphia Phillies (as a minor league free agent on Jan 7, 2009)
  • Unknown status as of Jan 18, 2011 – Presumed retired

Salary History

  • 2009: Unknown
  • 2008: $390,000 (presumed minimum wage)
  • 2007: $390,000
  • 2006: $345,000
  • 2005: $316,500

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