Josh Reddick is the type of sportsman who brings extra entertainment to the game whenever he appears on the pitch. Popularly, he is known as the professional baseball player who plays for the Houston Astros of the Major League Baseball (MLB). Being an outfielder, he played for a good number of teams before joining the Astros including; the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox as well as the Oakland Athletics. In 2012, due to his undeniable skills and contribution to the sport, Josh Reddick was honored with the Gold Glove Award. Here are more interesting career and family facts you are sure to love.
Josh Reddick’s Biography
Josh Reddick whose full name is William Joshua Reddick was born to father, Kenny Reddick, and mother, Cheryl Reddick, in Savannah, Georgia on the 19th of February 1987. As a teenager, he was enrolled into the South Effingham High School, located in Guyton, Georgia. While he was there, he played baseball on the school’s team but was cut twice from the team due to his poor performance. But he kept on practicing on his own and managed to transition from shortstop to the outfield position by the end of his time in high school. After he was done with high school, Josh Reddick gained admission into the Middle Georgia College, where he played baseball in the NJCAA, recording a 461 hit, when he was still a freshman.
To kick-start his professional career, Josh Reddick was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 2006 MLB draft in the 17th round. Due to his increasing popularity, he was appointed on the 31st of July as a replacement for Adam LaRoche during the major leagues. This opportunity came because Adam was being traded and it marked Josh Reddick’s major league debut. On this debut, he managed to ground out against Baltimore Orioles’ Cla Meredith, and also pinch-hit for Rocco Baldelli in the ninth inning.
His very first MLB hit was recorded in his next appearance against David Hernandez, with an impressive double in the second inning. In the match played against Ray Chris, he was able to make another double, recording a first multi-hit in a major league game. On the 2nd of August 2009, Josh Reddick became the first outfielder in the Red Sox team to get a home run in the game against Brian Brass.
Having spent five years with the Red Sox, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics alongside teammates Miles Head and Raúl Alcántara on the 28th of December 2011. In his new team, he managed to clinch a career-high achievement with 85ls and 32 home runs. On the 23rd of November 2016, Reddick signed a four-year deal worth $52 million with the Houston Astros. In the following year’s season, he recorded the following stats for his team; 82 RBIs, 13 home runs, 314 batting and a 101-61 record all in a total of 314 games. He made history in the franchise after hitting two grand slams all in one calendar month, becoming the second Astros player to do so.
Baseball ranks in the top five as one of the highest paying sports in the world. Also, players in this field tend to get their earnings boosted with a handful of mouthwatering endorsements, especially when they have reached a certain height in their career. With Josh, he is definitely enjoying a successful career both in accolades as well as in his finances. With a yearly salary of $6.57 million, his net worth has risen to well over $27 million.
Family – Married, Wife, Girlfriend
For fans of Josh especially those who might have had a crush on him at any point in time, it might be heartbreaking to learn that the champ is well on his way out of the bachelorhood. Though he is yet to tie the knot officially, he has put an engagement ring on the finger of his longtime girlfriend, Georgette ‘Jett’ Elkins. The news of their engagement was actually disclosed by the potential Mr and Mrs via their Instagram pages in June 2018.
In his post, Josh was excited to share with his fans and the world that he proposed to Elkins at NASA Space Center Houston, and she said “YES!” A wedding date is still yet to be fixed but trust that we will keep you posted when this happens.