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Barry William Zito was born on 13 May 1978, in Las Vegas, Nevada USA, to mother Roberta, a musician who sang in the choral group The Merry Young Souls and with Nat King Cole, and father Joe Zito, who arranged music for Nat King Cole in the 60s and for the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra. He is a former professional baseball pitcher, best known for playing in Major League Baseball(MLB) for the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants.
A famous pitcher, how rich is Barry Zito? Sources state that Zito has acquired a net worth of over $50 million, as of mid-2016. He established his fortune during his baseball career.
Barry Zito Net Worth $50 Million
Zito began playing baseball at an early age, and by his teens he already excelled in pitching. He matriculated from the University of San Diego High School, and attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles Pierce College, and the University of Southern California, establishing remarkable results and earning numerous honors in baseball.
Although Zito was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 1996 MLB draft, and by the Texas Rangers in 1998, he refused to sign with both teams. Instead, he went for the Oakland Athletics when they selected him as the ninth pick in the first round of the 1999 MLB draft, signing for a $1.59 million bonus. His net worth boosted.
Zito started with Oakland’s Class-A team, the Visalia Oaks, was later promoted to the AA Midland RockHounds, and then got a start for the Triple-A Vancouver Canadians. His 1999 record was a remarkable 19-5.
He began the 2000 season with the Sacramento River Cats, the new home of the team’s AAA affiliate, and made his major league debut with the Athletics in mid-2000, finishing fifth in the American League Rookie of the Year Award voting. He finished the 2001 season with an 11-1 record, and the following one with 23-11, winning the Cy Young Award. The next two seasons were less successful for Zito, his records being 14–12 in 2003 and 11–11 in 2004. In 2005 he became the team’s Opening Day starter, eventually finishing fifth in the AL. In 2006, his last year with the Athletics, Zito made the All-Star team after posting a 15–1 record.
As his seventh season with the Athletics ended, Zito signed a seven-year deal with the San Francisco Giants, which at $126 million plus bonuses, etc, was the largest contract ever given to a pitcher, and which significantly intensified Zito’s wealth. He made an excellent start with the Giants, achieving great success in the first three seasons. However, although he helped the team to win its first championship since 1954, he was left off the post-season roster in 2010. The following season he suffered a leg injury, which caused him to miss most of the games. However, he returned in 2012, finishing with a 15–8 record, and helping the team to their second World Series title in the team’s history by going 2–0 with a 1.69 ERA in three post-season starts. However, the 2013 season didn’t see much success for Zito, as he finished it with a 5–11 record with a 5.74 ERA in 30 games. The Giants subsequently declined Zito’s 2014 option, and bought it out for $7 million – he became a free agent.
After a one-year break, the pitcher signed a minor league contract to return to the Athletics and was assigned to the AAA Nashville Sounds, finishing the season with an 8–7 record with a 3.46 ERA and 91 strikeouts. He was then taken back by the Athletics, being placed on the major league roster. After receiving a standing ovation from the fans in a match-up against the Giants, arranged as a tribute to the A’s “Big Three” of the early 2000s – Zito, Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder, the pitcher announced his retirement from baseball.
Aside from baseball, Zito has also done some acting. In 2003 he appeared in the CBS television series “JAG”, playing a US Navy petty officer playing baseball.
In his private life, Zito has been married to former Miss Missouri Amber Seyer since 2011, and they have one child together. Zito has been involved in philanthropy, particularly as the founder of the charity called Strikeouts For Troops, a non-profit organization providing help to injured US troops and their families.