|Born: May 13th, 1978
Las Vegas , United States
|Strikes: Left||Throws: Left|
|Debut in Major League Baseball|
|July 22, 2000 at the Oakland Athletics|
|Last MLB assignment|
|September 30, 2015 at the Oakland Athletics|
(until end of career)
|Earned Run Average||4.02|
Barry William Zito (born May 13, 1978 in Las Vegas , Nevada ) is an American baseball player who played from the 2007 to 2013 season as a left-handed starting pitcher (LHP) for the San Francisco Giants in Major League Baseball .
Barry went to the Catholic University of San Diego High School in San Diego, USDHS for short. He continued his academic career at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). Then, in 1998, he became an NCAA Baseball Master with the University of Southern California (USC). In 1999 he was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the first round of the draft and received a contract for US $ 1.59.
In 2002 he won the Cy Young Award for the best pitcher in the American League just ahead of Pedro Martínez . In 2002 and 2003 he was nominated as a pitcher for the American League All-Star Team . With the end of the 2006 season, his contract with the Oakland Athletics ran out. For the 2007 season it was sold to the San Francisco Giants and got a contract there for 126 mil. US $ for seven years, at the time the best paid contract ever for a pitcher .
Zito's interests include yoga, guitar and surfing. His personality makes him a media darling. For a while he was in the habit of buying baseball cards that he himself had signed earlier. When asked why he was doing this and not simply signing a card himself, he replied that it was then copied.
For every strikeout he throws, he donates US $ 100 to a foundation he established himself. This foundation is called Strikeouts for Troops and invests in hospitals for army troops. Other baseball players participate in this foundation, such as Manny Ramirez , Chipper Jones , Eric Chavez and many more.
In May 2020, Zito reached the fourth of a total of 18 places as Rhino in the third season of the US offshoot of The Masked Singer .
- Player information and statistics from MLB or ESPN or Baseball Reference or Fangraphs or The Baseball Cube (English)
- Barry Zito in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Foundation strikeouts for Troops (English)
- ↑ Marcus White: The Masked Singer: Barry Zito revealed as 'Rhino' during semifinals. In: NBC Sports . May 13, 2020, accessed on July 14, 2020 .
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Zito, Barry William|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American baseball player|
|DATE OF BIRTH||May 13, 1978|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Las Vegas , Nevada|