Baseball Player and Musician
Facts of Barry Zito
|Full Name:||Barry Zito|
|Age:||44 years 10 months|
|Birth Date:||May 13, 1978|
|Profession:||Baseball Player and Musician|
|Best Match for Marriage:||Virgo, Cancer, Capricorn|
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Barry William Zito famed as Barry Zito is a former professional baseball pitcher and musician who has played 15 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants. Drafted three times while in college, Zito signed with the Athletics when they chose him in the first round of the 1999 MLB draft. He won 23 games (while only losing five) in 2002 and won the Cy Young Award. Zito, a philanthropist, founded Strikeouts For Troops, a national non-profit that provides comforts of home and lifts the spirits and morale of injured troops as well as offering support to military families. He struggled in 2013 but received a standing ovation from the fans in his final appearance as a Giant. Following the year, he became a free agent.
Zito was revealed to be the Rhino in season 3 of The Masked Singer
The finalists for Season 3 of “The Masked Singer” have been revealed. Wednesday, four challengers-Turtle, Rhino, Frog, and the last of the ladies, Night Angel-fought their hardest during the semifinals for a chance to make it to the top 3. The performances wowed panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, and Robin Thicke, who was joined by Jay Pharoah. Thanks to the former “Saturday Night Live” cast member’s extraordinary impressions, there were also brief “appearances” by Will Smith and Jay-Z. The four contestants still standing kicked off the show with a collaborative performance of “The Best,” popularized by Tina Turner, during which bonus clues were revealed.
- Being a former professional baseball pitcher and musician.
- Playing 15 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants.
Where was Barry Zito born?
On 13th May 1978, Barry Zito was born with the real name/birth name of Barry William Zito in his hometown/birthplace; Las Vegas, Nevada. He was born to his parents; Roberta (nee Rosser; 1943-2008) and Joe Zito (1928-2013). He is of Italian descent. His parents were a show business couple working for singer and pianist Nat King Cole and he had two sisters who were 9 and 13 years older than Barry. His family moved to San Diego, California, to help him concentrate on his baseball career after he showed signs of promise from a very young age. His nationality is American and his ethnicity is Mixed. As per his education, he was transferred from El Cajon’s Grossmont High School, where he was the star pitcher, to University of San Diego High School, a Roman Catholic private school for his senior year where he received many league honors there, posting an 8-4 record with a 2.92 ERA, while racking up 105 strikeouts in just 85 innings. After that, he then attended UC Santa Barbara where he earned Freshman All-America Honors with 125 strikeouts in 85 1/3 innings. In his sophomore season, Zito transferred to Los Angeles Pierce College so that he could be eligible for the Major League Baseball draft. His religion is Roman Catholic and his horoscope sign is Taurus. As of 2020, he celebrated his 42nd birthday.
How was Barry Zito’s baseball Career?
- In the 1999 draft, Barry was selected by the Oakland Athletics with the ninth pick of the first round, and signed for a $1.59 million bonus.
- In the year 1999, he began his professional career with the Visalia Oaks, Oakland’s A team where he went 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA in eight starts. He struck out 62 in 40 1/3 innings.
- He began the 2000 season in AAA with the Sacramento River Cats (the Canadians franchise had moved to Sacramento) where he pitched 101 2/3 innings in 18 starts, going 8-5 with a 3.19 ERA, 91 strikeouts, and 41 walks.
- He made his major league debut on July 22, 2000, against the Anaheim Angels wearing #53.
- He then continued to have great success early in his rookie season.
- He pitched his first complete-game shutout against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on 10th September.
- He finished with a 7-4 record and a 2.72 earned run average in 14 starts.
- He made his postseason debut in Game 4 of the AL Division Series (ALDS) against the New York Yankees.
- He Switched his uniform number to 75 (which he would wear throughout the rest of his career) finished third in the American League (AL) in strikeouts per nine innings (8.61), fourth in strikeouts (205), sixth in wins (17), eighth in ERA (3.49), and tenth in winning percentage (.680) in 2001.
- He became the sixth lefty aged 23 or younger since 1902 to strike out at least 200 batters in his 2001 season.
- He pitched in Game 3 against Mike Mussina and went eight innings, striking out six, walking one, and allowing an earned run.
- He became one of the best pitchers in baseball in 2002.
- He earned his 19th win of the season against the Kansas City Royals on 28th August.
- On September 8, Zito became the first pitcher in the AL to win 20 games when he pitched seven innings and allowed no earned runs against the Minnesota Twins.
- He led the league with 23 wins, was second in winning percentage (.821), and third in both ERA (2.75) and strikeouts (182).
- He started off with a win against the Mariners in his 2003 season and went 6 innings and allowed an earned run, an RBI single by Olerud in the first inning.
- He was seventh in the AL in ERA (3.30) and had a 14-12 record and 146 strikeouts over a career-high 231 2/3 innings pitched.
- He finished 10th in the league in strikeouts with 163 in his 2004 season.
- He was given his first Opening Day assignment in 2005 and in 35 starts, Zito went 14-13 with a 3.86 ERA. Zito’s 35 starts were the most in Major League Baseball that season, demonstrating his durability as a pitcher.
- He also had 171 strikeouts, good for fifth in the league.
- He went 1.1 innings and allowed seven earned runs on Opening Day (April 3) against the Yankees in 2006.
- He was a focal point of the 2006 trade deadline, and was widely rumored to be headed to the Mets in a potential deal for prospect Lastings Milledge.
- However, Athletics’ general manager Billy Beane decided to keep Zito for the rest of the season.
- He signed a seven-year deal with the San Francisco Giants worth $126 million, plus $18 million option for 2014 with a $7 million buyout.
- His contract on December 29, 2006, became the highest for any pitcher in Major League history at the time.
- For the first time in his career, Zito had a losing record, as he finished the season at 11-13 in his 2007 season.
- He began the 2008 season as the oldest starter and the veteran presence in the Giants’ starting rotation.
- He finished the year 10-17 with a career-high 5.15 ERA and 120 strikeouts.
- He pitched 88 2/3 innings against the Florida Marlins, allowing one run on four hits, striking out six, and walking one.
- He won the game, his fifth win of the 2009 season.
- He started the 2010 season by pitching six shutout innings against the Houston Astros to earn a win; which was the first time he had won his season-opening start since 2003.
- He won his first World Series ring as a member of the full roster.
- He experienced his first trip to the disabled list after an injury to his right foot during a fielding play in early 2011.
- In a career-low 13 games (nine starts), he had a 3-4 record, a career-high 5.87 ERA, 32 strikeouts, and 24 walks in a career-low 53 2/3 innings.
- He began the 2012 season with a start against the Rockies on April 9.
- On October 19, 2012, he rebounded and pitched arguably the best game of his career, tossing 72/3 shutout innings against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS), earning the win which was his first postseason win since 2006 and according to Zito himself, was the biggest win of his career.
- He did not lose a single game after August 2 against the Mets, and San Francisco won his last 14 starts.
- He finished the 2013 season at 5-11 with a 5.74 ERA in 30 games, 25 of which were starts.
- He signed a minor league contract to return to the Athletics on February 16, 2015.
- On April 4, 2015, he accepted an assignment to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds and spent the entire season with Nashville, including about a month on the disabled list with left shoulder tendinitis.
- He announced his retirement from baseball in an article for The Players’ Tribune on 19th October 2015.
- Apart from baseball career, he started playing guitar in 1999 as a way to pass time on road trips.
- He used his time off to learn from the city’s music industry professionals and to pursue songwriting.
- He released his first EP, titled No Secrets, on January 27, 2017, which contains six songs either written or co-written by Zito.
- He later co-wrote and sang vocals for a theme song for the Nashville Sounds, titled “That Sound”.
- He was revealed to be the Rhino in season 3 of The Masked Singer.
Awards and Achievements of Barry Zito
He would go on to win the AL Cy Young Award with a 23-5 record, narrowly defeating Pedro Martínez in the voting. He became the first A’s pitcher to win the Cy Young Award since Dennis Eckersley did it in 1992. He was also named AL TSN Pitcher of the Year.
Who is Barry Zito’s Wife?
Barry Zito is a married person. He is in a marital relationship with former Miss Missouri Amber Seyer. They became engaged in April 2011 and married on December 3, 2011. The couple also welcomed their first child together, a son named Mars, in July 2014. They also have an adopted child, a son named Mercer Joseph Zito whom they adopted in May 2017. A third child, a son named Rome, was born in February 2020. At present, the duo is enjoying life a lot without any disturbances. His sexual orientation is straight and he is not gay.
What is the Net Worth of Barry Zito?
The net worth of this famous baseball player will be surely in millions as he has been active in the baseball field since the year 2000. He has accumulated a huge amount of money. As of 2020, Barry Zito’s net worth is believed to have $16 Million whereas his exact salary is unknown. His major source of earning is from his baseball career. He is satisfied with his earnings at present. There is no information about his cars and house.
How tall is Barry Zito?
Barry Zito is a very handsome person. He has got a tall height of 6 ft 5 in. His balanced bodyweight consists of 93 Kg. His eye color is brown and his hair color is black. His other body measurements such as biceps size, waist size, hips size, dress size, and more are unknown. Overall, he has got a healthy body.