From the inception of José Bautista’s professional baseball career till date, he has bagged several awards and achievements, rewarding himself with an enormous wealth which has placed him among the big shots in sports. The features that have set this bloke apart in his profession ranges from his extraordinary and remarkable character to his super precise and quick baseballing skills.
Fondly known as Joey Bats, the baseball superstar owes his enviable success in baseball to his total dedication and hard work in his chosen career. Currently, with the New York Mets on a one year contract, he rocks the No. 11 kit as a right fielder and third baseman for the Major League Baseball (MLB) team.
José Bautista Bio (Age)
The New York Mets star was born as José Antonio Bautista Santos in the Dominican Republic on the 19th day of October 1980 to Sandra Bautista (mother) who worked as an accountant and financial planner. We gathered that his dad, Americo Bautista earned a master’s degree in Agricultural engineering from Hungary and was running a poultry farm. Bautista has a younger brother Luis Bautista who is also into baseball.
The fact that Bautista hailed from a middle-class family in the Dominican Republic where education is largely emphasized on, made him start studying the English language at the young age of eight. He passed through a private high school – De La Salle High School – which is located in Santo Domingo. The budding star sponsored his education through the help of Latin Athletes Education Fund which was exclusively meant for potential players from Spanish speaking countries who have the aspirations to play college baseball in the United States of America.
While pursuing a career in Baseball, José Bautista didn’t forsake his education as he studied business management at the Mother and Teacher Pontifical Catholic University. It’s on record that he rejected a deal with the Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks before he kicked off his MLB Career with the Baltimore Orioles. However, his major breakthrough came when the Pittsburgh Pirates picked him in the 2000 MLB draft. Bautista was drafted in the 20th round and this handed him his dream – a perfect platform to further his career in baseball.
Since then, the baseball star has played for other notable clubs. He was with the Toronto Blue Jays from 2008 to 2017. He had a brief stint with the Atlanta Braves in 2018 before he signed a one year deal with the New York Mets on the 22nd day of May 2018.
MLB Career Stats
At Bats – 5808
Runs – 979
Hits – 1445
Home Runs – 333
Runs Batted In – 938
Stolen Bases – 67
Batting Average – .249
On Base Percentage – .362
On Base Plus Slugging – .840
José Bautista’s Salary and Net Worth
The famed baseball player is in the league of rich sportsmen and women. As at 2016, his annual salary was $14 million and his net worth was estimated at 35 million USD. The vibrant sportsman earned a major bulk of his wealth from his several contracts and prize money. Although there are several figures currently quoted as the value of the man’s wealth, it is widely believed that his net worth is still around the 2016 estimate. However, it is anticipated that there should be an appreciable improvement in his riches since he is very much active in the field of play.
The one-year contract he inked with Toronto Blue Jays in mid-January 2017 was worth $18 million. The deal was respectively backed with a mutual and vesting option for 2018 and 2019 worth $17 and $18 million.
Who Is His Wife?
Bautista’s love life has been revolving around Neisha Croyle whom he has been in a protracted relationship with. It is also known that she is more than a girlfriend to the superstar baseball player. Neisha is also the mother of his two daughters, Estela Marie who was born on the 6th of April 2011 and Ava who was welcomed to the world the following year, precisely in November 2012.
Only a handful of things are known about the woman who has been the love of Joey Bats’ life. Her personal information seems to be elusive as she has not given the media any reason to invade her privacy. Though her desire to keep her personal life private has been largely respected, she couldn’t hide her marriage to the baseball star from the public. It is a common knowledge that the couple got married in Florida sometime in November 2017.
Height – How Tall Is He?
The New York Mets’ baseballer is indeed a tall guy, he stands at an admirable height of 6 feet (1.82 m) and weighs around 93 kg (205 lb) which is a good combination for his athletic endeavor.