Ben Lively

Edward Bennett Lively (born March 5, 1992) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Ben Lively
Kansas City Royals – No. 48
Born: March 5, 1992 (age 26)
Pensacola, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 3, 2017, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Win–loss record4–10
Earned run average4.61

Early life and education

Lively was born to Edward and Ginny Lively in Pensacola, Florida.[1][2] He began playing organized baseball at age 4 in the Tee-ball league; he was allowed to join a year early because of his prowess and the fact that his grandfather, Jim Lively, who coached him throughout his childhood, was the league commissioner.[2] He is a graduate of Gulf Breeze High School.[2]

The Cleveland Indians selected Lively in the 26th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft out of high school. He did not sign and instead attended the University of Central Florida (UCF).[3] In his three years pitching for the UCF Knights baseball team, he went 21–8 with a 3.06 earned run average (ERA) and 226 strikeouts over 244 innings.


Minor Leagues

The Cincinnati Reds selected Lively in the fourth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft.[4][5] He made his professional debut with the Billings Mustangs and made one start with the Dayton Dragons.[6] Lively finished his first season, 0–4 but with a 0.88 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 41 innings. He started the 2014 season with the Bakersfield Blaze.[7] He was named as the top player in the Reds' farm system in 2014.[8]

On December 31, 2014, the Reds traded Lively to the Philadelphia Phillies for Marlon Byrd.[9]

In 2015, Lively went 8–7 with a 4.13 ERA in 25 games with the Phillies AA minor-league team, Reading of the Eastern League. He started 2016 with Reading before being promoted to Phillies AAA minor-league team, Lehigh Valley of the International League. He received the 2016 Paul Owens Award as best pitcher in the Phillies' farm system.[2] The Phillies added him to their 40-man roster after the 2016 season.[10]

Philadelphia Phillies

On June 3, 2017, Lively made his major league debut with the Philadelphia Phillies against the San Francisco Giants. He allowed one run on four hits and three walks, earning his first major league win.[11] In his June 24 start against the Arizona Diamondbacks, he collected his first major league RBI with a 2-run home run, but gave up 4 earned runs and took the 9–2 loss.[12]

Kansas City Royals

On September 5, 2018, Lively was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Royals, who then designated Eric Stout for assignment to add Lively to the 40-man roster.[13]


  1. ^ Salisbury, Jim (June 3, 2017). "Ben Lively Reels in His 1st Big-League Win, a Much-Needed One for Phillies". CSNPhilly. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Vilona, Bill (April 19, 2017). "Gulf Breeze's Ben Lively called up to join the Phillies". Pensacola News Journal. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  3. ^ "UCF pitcher Ben Lively has grown into ace". Orlando Sentinel. April 18, 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  4. ^ "Sports - Pensacola News Journal -". Pensacola News Journal. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  5. ^ "Sports - Pensacola News Journal -". Pensacola News Journal. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  6. ^ "Lively Joins Dragons as Garrett Departs - Dayton Dragons News". Dayton Dragons. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  7. ^ "Cincinnati Reds' Ben Lively near perfect in California League debut - News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  8. ^ Vilona, Bill (December 8, 2014). "Ben Lively named Reds top minor league player". Pensacola News Journal. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  9. ^ Sheldon, Mark (December 31, 2014). "Reds acquire outfielder Byrd in deal with Phils". Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  10. ^ Gelb, Matt (November 19, 2016). "Phillies add 11 players in 40-man roster overhaul". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  11. ^ Associated Press (June 4, 2017). "Lively, Herrera lead Phillies past Giants 5-3". ESPN. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  12. ^ Associated Press (June 25, 2017). "Lamb, Diamondbacks rally past Phillies 9-2". ESPN. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  13. ^ Adams, Steve (September 5, 2018). "Royals Claim Ben Lively, Designate Eric Stout". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved 2018-09-06.

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1992 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1992 throughout the world.

2013 Major League Baseball draft

The 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft was held from June 6 through June 8, 2013. It was broadcast from Studio 42 of the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey, but only during first and second rounds.

Each team received one selection per round, going in reverse order of the 2012 MLB season final standings. In addition, teams could receive compensation draft picks if they made a qualifying offer to a free agent player from their team, if the player rejected the offer and signed with another team.

2015 Cincinnati Reds season

The 2015 Cincinnati Reds season was the 126th season for the franchise in Major League Baseball, and their 13th at Great American Ball Park, which hosted the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 14. The Reds finished the season with a record of 64–98, 36 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals, second-worst in the National League, and their worst finish since 1982.

2017 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 2017 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 135th season in the history of the franchise, and its 14th season at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies opened the season against the Cincinnati Reds at the Great American Ball Park on April 3 and finished the season on October 1 against the New York Mets in Philadelphia. They were coached by Pete Mackanin in his third year as manager of the Phillies. On September 17, 2017, the Phillies were mathematically eliminated from postseason contention. They finished the season 66–96 to finish in last place in their division for the third time in four seasons, failing to make the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year.

Manager Pete Mackanin was reassigned to a front office position following the season.

2018 Kansas City Royals season

The 2018 Kansas City Royals season was their 50th season for the franchise, and their 46th at Kauffman Stadium. They significantly failed to improve upon their 80-82 record the previous year, reaching 100+ losses for the first time since 2006 and finishing 58-104, the second-worst record in the 2018 MLB season, ahead of only the Baltimore Orioles, who finished 47-115.

2018 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 2018 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 136th season in the history of the franchise, its 15th season at Citizens Bank Park, and the 1st season with manager Gabe Kapler. They improved from their 66–96 season in 2017 by posting an 80–82 record, but missed the postseason for the seventh consecutive season. Kapler had the second-most wins among Phillies managers historically after 100 games (56), and under Kapler, the 2018 team improved its end-of-season won-lost record by 14 games.

2019 Kansas City Royals season

The 2019 Kansas City Royals season will be their 51st season for the franchise, and their 47th at Kauffman Stadium.

Ann Reinking

Ann Reinking (born November 10, 1949) is an American actress, dancer, and choreographer. Her extensive work in musical theater includes starring in Broadway productions of Coco (1969), Over Here! (1974), Goodtime Charley (1975), A Chorus Line (1976), Chicago (1977), Dancin' (1978) and Sweet Charity (1986). In the 1996 revival of Chicago, she reprised the role of Roxie Hart and was also the choreographer, winning the Tony Award for Best Choreography. For the 2000 West End production of Fosse, she won the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer. She has also appeared in the films All That Jazz (1979), Annie (1982), and Micki & Maude (1984).

Aurelio Voltaire

Aurelio Voltaire Hernández (born January 25, 1967), professionally known as Aurelio Voltaire or by the mononym Voltaire, is a Cuban-born American singer, songwriter, and musician. His professional name is his given middle name, which was the pen name of the famous French Enlightenment writer François-Marie Arouet.

Voltaire is also an experienced animator and comic artist, and is a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Gulf Breeze, Florida

Gulf Breeze is a city on the Fairpoint Peninsula in Santa Rosa County, Florida, United States and is a suburb of Pensacola which lies to the north, across Pensacola Bay. The population was 5,763 at the 2010 census and by July 2016, that had increased to an estimated 6,466.

Gulf Breeze High School

Gulf Breeze High School is a public secondary school located at 675 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Gulf Breeze, Florida. It is one of eleven high schools of the Santa Rosa County School District and the only high school in the city of Gulf Breeze.For 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Gulf Breeze High as the 104th best high school within Florida out of 894 Florida high schools and #1230 in the National Rankings. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement (AP) course work and exams. The AP participation rate at Gulf Breeze High School is 44 percent.Gulf Breeze High School's mascot is the dolphin.

International League rosters

Each of the 14 teams of Minor League Baseball's International League carry a 25-man active roster. Only these players are eligible to play.

Teams may have any number of inactive players on their rosters at a given time who do not count toward active roster limits. Injured players may be placed on the disabled list (7-day or 60-day). The temporary inactive list and bereavement list are for players attending to personal matters. Major league players may be placed on rosters for injury rehabilitation for a maximum of 20 days for non-pitchers and 30 days for pitchers.Players who are ineligible to play due to failure to adhere to the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, violations of their contract, who are receiving team disciplinary action, or who are unable to join the team due to visa problems may be placed on the restricted or suspended lists. These players count against a team's active roster limit.

Each team usually has a three-man coaching staff including a manager, hitting coach, and pitching coach. Depending on each Major League Baseball organization's development approach, some teams may have additional coaches.

Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals are an American professional baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member team of the American League (AL) Central division. The team was founded as an expansion franchise in 1969, and has participated in four World Series, winning in 1985 and 2015, and losing in 1980 and 2014.

The name Royals pays homage to the American Royal, a livestock show, horse show, rodeo, and championship barbeque competition held annually in Kansas City since 1899 as well as the identical names of two former negro league baseball teams that played in the first half of the 20th century (one a semi-pro team based in Kansas City in the 1910s and 1920s that toured the Midwest and a California Winter League team based in Los Angeles in the 1940s that was managed by Chet Brewer and included Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson on its roster). The Los Angeles team had personnel connections to the Monarchs but could not use the Monarchs name. The name also fits into something of a theme for other professional sports franchises in the city, including the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL, the former Kansas City Kings of the NBA, and the former Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro National League.

In 1968, the team held a name-the-team contest that received more than 17,000 entries. Sanford Porte, a bridge engineer from the suburb of Overland Park, Kansas was named the winner for his “Royals” entry. His reason had nothing to do with royalty. “Kansas City’s new baseball team should be called the Royals because of Missouri’s billion-dollar livestock income, Kansas City’s position as the nation’s leading stocker and feeder market and the nationally known American Royal parade and pageant,” Porte wrote. The team's board voted 6-1 on the name, with the only opposition coming from team owner Ewing Kauffman, who eventually changed his vote and said the name had grown on him.Entering the American League in 1969 along with the Seattle Pilots, the club was founded by Kansas City businessman Ewing Kauffman. The franchise was established following the actions of Stuart Symington, then-United States Senator from Missouri, who demanded a new franchise for the city after the Athletics (Kansas City's previous major league team that played from 1955 to 1967) moved to Oakland, California in 1968. Since April 10, 1973, the Royals have played at Kauffman Stadium, formerly known as Royals Stadium.

The new team quickly became a powerhouse, appearing in the playoffs seven times from 1976 to 1985, winning one World Series championship and another AL pennant, led by stars such as Amos Otis, Hal McRae, John Mayberry, George Brett, Frank White, Willie Wilson, and Bret Saberhagen. The team remained competitive throughout the early 1990s, but then had only one winning season from 1995 to 2012. For 28 consecutive seasons (1986–2013), the Royals did not qualify to play in the MLB postseason, one of the longest postseason droughts during baseball's current wild-card era. The team broke this streak in 2014 by securing the franchise's first wild card berth and advancing to the World Series. The Royals followed this up by winning the team's first Central Division title in 2015 and defeating the New York Mets for their first World Series title in 30 years.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are a professional Minor League Baseball team that plays in the International League. The IronPigs are the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The team plays their home games at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Coca-Cola Park, which opened for the start of the IronPigs' first season in 2008, seats up to 8,100, with a capacity of 10,000, and cost $50.25 million to complete. In 2016, Forbes listed the IronPigs as the fourth-most valuable Minor League Baseball team with a value of $43 million.The IronPigs name is a reference to pig iron, used in the manufacturing of steel, for which the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania is world-renowned.

List of University of Central Florida alumni

The University of Central Florida (UCF) is a metropolitan public research and space-grant university located on a 1,415-acre (5.73 km2) main campus in Orlando, Florida, United States. UCF is a member institution of the State University System of Florida and is the largest university in the United States in terms of undergraduate enrollment. It was founded in 1963 as Florida Technological University with the goal of providing highly trained personnel to support the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Florida's Space Coast. After the university's academic scope expanded in the mid and late 1970s to encompass a wider variety of disciplines, the school was renamed The University of Central Florida in 1978. Initial enrollment in 1968 was 1,948 students; as of 2014, the university has 59,770 students from more than 140 countries, all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Since the university's first graduating class in 1970, UCF has awarded more than 250,000 degrees, including 45,000 graduate and professional degrees, to over 200,000 alumni.UCF alumni have made research contributions to optics, modeling and simulation, digital media, engineering and computer science, business administration, education and hospitality management. Among the most notable are Gene Frantz('71), inventor of the Texas Instruments Speak and Spell, and father of digital signal processing. Numerous graduates have gained notoriety in the fields of law, government, and public policy, with alumni including a Prime Minister, a Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, a United States Assistant Secretary of State, a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of the Treasury, a Director of the National Reconnaissance Office, and a Director of the Secret Service; in addition to numerous members of the Florida Cabinet, Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronauts, and numerous officers in the armed forces through a unique partnership between the university and the U.S. military. Alumni have also achieved success as executives in major organizations and Fortune 500 companies, such as Boeing, Busch Entertainment Corporation, Darden Restaurants, Ericsson, Google, NASCAR, the Orlando Magic and Texas Rangers, Sun Sports and Fox Sports Florida, Raymond James Financial, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and Yahoo!

UCF graduates have also made notable contributions in the entertainment industry, including Cheryl Hines, widely known for her role as Cheryl David on the HBO television series Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Daniel Tosh, host of Tosh.0 on Comedy Central. In addition, The Blair Witch Project, which is considered one of the most successful independent films produced, was filmed by UCF students and directed by alumni Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez. As a major competitor in college athletics, UCF has had many notable student athletes, coaches, and staff members, such as National Football League (NFL) players Daunte Culpepper, Kevin Smith, Bruce Miller, Brandon Marshall, and Blake Bortles; National Basketball Association (NBA) starting guard Jermaine Taylor; NASCAR driver Aric Almirola; and woman's soccer player and Olympic gold medalist Michelle Akers. As of 2013, more than 70 UCF alumni compete in professional sports, such as basketball, football, baseball, golf, soccer, and auto racing.

Lively (surname)

Lively is an English surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Adam Lively (born 1961), British novelist

Ben Lively (born 1993), American baseball player

Blake Lively (born 1987), American actress

Bob Lively (1923–1994), American jazz saxophonist

Buddy Lively (born 1925), American baseball player

Charles Lively (20th century), British athlete

David Lively (born 1953), American classical pianist

Donald Lively, American lawyer

Edward Lively (1545–1605), English linguist and biblical scholar

Eric Lively (born 1981), American actor

Ernie Lively (born 1947), American actor

Gerry Lively, American cinematographer and film director

Jack Lively (1885–1967), American baseball player

Jason Lively (born 1968), American actor

John Lively (politician) (born 1946), American politician

Lori Lively (born 1966), American actress

Penelope Lively (born 1933), British writer

Pierce Lively (1921–2016), American judge

Robert Lively (screenwriter) (died 1943), American screenwriter and songwriter

Robert M. Lively (1855–1929), American politician

Robyn Lively (born 1972), American actress

Scott Lively (born 1957), American author, attorney and anti-LGBT activist

Shannon Lively (born 1992), Australian actor

Zack Lively (born 1987), American actor

Marlon Byrd

Marlon Jerrard Byrd (born August 30, 1977) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians. He was suspended twice for using performance-enhancing drugs.

Riding a Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children

Riding a Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children (more commonly referred to by its abbreviated name Riding a Black Unicorn...) is the eighth studio album by dark cabaret singer Aurelio Voltaire, released on September 2, 2011. Beginning with this album, Voltaire would start releasing his material under the moniker Aurelio Voltaire, in order to avoid confusion with other acts also called "Voltaire".According to Voltaire on his website, the album's name comes from a comment made by a fan on his official Facebook page, in which he compared Voltaire's music to the "audio equivalent of 'riding a black unicorn down the side of an erupting volcano while drinking from a goblet filled with the laughter of small children'". Amused, Voltaire decided this would be the title of his new album (even though he changed "goblet" to "chalice" at the end).

The album's cover art was provided by famous fantasy/concept artist Michael "Daarken" Lim. Daarken is well known for designing characters and providing concept art for RPGs, role-playing video games and MMORPGs such as Magic: The Gathering, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, among many others.Riding a Black Unicorn... would be the first album by Voltaire to count with the appearance of guest musicians instead of his usual live band; among them are Franz Nicolay of The World/Inferno Friendship Society (who previously worked with Voltaire on his 2008 album To the Bottom of the Sea), Brian Viglione of The Dresden Dolls and Violent Femmes (a common collaborator for Voltaire since his previous album Hate Lives in a Small Town), Melora Creager of Rasputina (in her first collaboration with him) and David J, of now-defunct post-punk/gothic rock band Bauhaus fame.

UCF Knights baseball

The UCF Knights baseball team represents The University of Central Florida in National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I. The Knights compete in the American Athletic Conference (The American). The Knights play their home games on UCF's main campus in Orlando, Florida at John Euliano Park, and are currently coached by head coach Greg Lovelady.

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