American professional baseball player Jacoby Ellsbury is now a member of the Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees (MLB). The Tampa Bay Devil Rays selected him in the first round of the 2002 MLB Draft. Jacoby, though, opted not to join with them. Prior to being selected by the Boston Red Sox as the 23rd overall pick in the 2005 Major League Baseball draft, he spent the following three years playing college baseball at Oregon State University. That year, he made his professional baseball debut for the ‘Lowell Spinners,’ a Class A-Short Season baseball team that was a ‘Boston Red Sox’ affiliate. As a center fielder for the “Boston Red Sox,” he made his “MLB” debut in 2007 and, as a result, became the first Native American of Navajo ancestry (on his mother’s side) to play in the major leagues. He also became the first “Boston Red Sox” player to join the 30-30 club in the history of the team. He became a free agent after the 2013 campaign and agreed to a 7-year, US$ 153 million contract with the “New York Yankees.” He currently has a batting average of.284, 1,376 hits, 104 home runs, 512 runs batted in, and 343 stolen bases in the Major League Baseball. In 2011, he was also given the “Gold Glove Award,” “Silver Slugger Award,” and “AL Comeback Player of the Year” awards, among other accolades.
Early Childhood & Life
Jim and Margie Ellsbury welcomed him into the world in Madras, Oregon, on September 11, 1983. The oldest of their four children, he was. His father was of German and English ancestry and was employed by the “Bureau of Indian Affairs” as a forester. His mother was a full-blooded Navajo and descended from Granado Mucho, a prominent tribe chief in the 19th century.
When he was in kindergarten, his family moved from the “Warm Springs Indian Reservation” to Madras, Oregon. His parents raised him and his brothers as “Mormons” in “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” However, when Jacoby was in his teens, the brothers stopped going to church, too.
Like his brothers, the young Jacoby enjoyed playing sports. He participated in basketball, football, and baseball. Among the siblings, he was the best jumper and fastest runner.
In 1998, he attended “Madras High School,” where he finally earned letters in five sports. He played baseball in the “Little League” alongside players who were much older than him. During his senior baseball season, he batted.537 with 65 stolen bases, while he finished his football career with nine interceptions and six kickoff returns for touchdowns. In basketball, he scored 23.6 points and 4.4 rebounds on average per game.
He was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 23rd round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft, but he chose to play college baseball for three years at Oregon State University instead of signing with them.
The career of Jacoby Ellsbury
The “Boston Red Sox” selected him in the first round as the 23rd overall player in the 2005 “MLB” draft. A member of the ‘Lowell Spinners,’ a ‘Boston Red Sox’ affiliated ‘Class A-Short-Season’ minor league baseball team in the ‘New York-Penn League,’ he made his professional baseball debut on July 14 of that year. On September 7, 2005, he stole three bases in a single game, tying a previous record held by the “Lowell Spinners.”
He then played for several Boston Red Sox-affiliated minor league baseball teams, including the Pawtucket Red Sox of the Class AAA International League, the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League, and the Portland Sea Dogs of the Class AA Eastern League.
He was named the “Eastern League Player of the Week” for the week of August 6–13, 2006, while playing for the “Portland Sea Dogs” after posting a batting average of.400, one home run, and safe hits in seven straight games.
In both the 2006 and 2007 seasons, the “Boston Red Sox” selected him as their “Minor League Defensive Player of the Year” and “Baserunner of the Year.”
He played center field for the “Boston Red Sox” on June 30, 2007, making history by becoming the first person of Navajo origin to play in the major leagues. On July 5 of that year, after six games, he was optioned back to the “Pawtucket Red Sox.”
On August 17, 2007, the “Boston Red Sox” called him back, optioned him back to Pawtucket after a game, and then called him back once more on September 1 of that same year when the MLB roster was increased to 40 players.
He was described as a “cult hero” with “speed, improved defense, and unabashed passion” in a September 2007 “New York Times” story. He received the “American League Rookie of the Month” award that month. With fewer than 130 at-bats in the major league, he eventually qualified as a rookie for the 2008 season.
The 2007 World Series, the 103rd iteration of MLB’s championship series, was won by the Boston Red Sox in a four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies. It began on October 24 and ended on October 28 of that year.
On October 27, during the third game of the 2007 “World Series,” Jacoby became the first rookie to hit two doubles in the same inning in a “World Series” game with his four hits. After Freddie Lindstrom of the “New York Giants” in the fifth game of the 1924 “World Series” and Joe Garagiola of the “Cardinals” in the fourth game of the 1946 “World Series,” he became the third rookie in series history to collect four hits in a game thanks to this accomplishment.
He broke the second baseman Amby McConnell’s 100-year-old “Boston Red Sox” rookie record on June 15, 2008, when he recorded his 32nd stolen base of that season.
He broke numerous previous franchise records in 2009 while setting numerous new ones. On April 15, he set a record for the most error-free total opportunities by a center fielder with 433. With 55 stolen bases, he also set a record for a single season, with the 55th one coming on August 25. He received the “Defensive Player of the Year” honor in 2009 from “This Year in Baseball Awards” (now known as the “Esurance MLB Awards”).
He became the first member of the “Boston Red Sox” to enter the 30-30 club when he did so in September 2011. He also received his first “Silver Slugger Award” and “Gold Glove Award” in that same year. The “American League Comeback Player of the Year” award was also given to him. He almost lost out to Justin Verlander for that year’s “American League Most Valuable Player Award,” though.
He set a new franchise mark for the most bases stolen in a game on May 30, 2013, by collecting 5 steals. On October 31, 2013, his deal with the “Boston Red Sox” terminated, and he became a free agent. He agreed to a seven-year, US$153 million contract with the “New York Yankees” in December 2013.
On June 8 of that year, he hit the highest home run of the MLB season. It rose to a record height of 151 feet. On July 20 of that year, he broke Roberto Kelly’s 1992 mark of eight times, setting a new single-season “MLB” record by reaching base via catcher’s interference for the ninth time in the season.
On April 28, 2017, while playing against the “Baltimore Orioles,” he blasted his first grand slam and 100th home run of his career. He broke Pete Rose’s previous record of 29 by reaching via catcher’s interference for the 30th time in his career on September 11, that same year, which also happened to be his 34th birthday.
Personal Life of Jacoby Ellsbury
In 2010, he created the Zinfandel wine “ZinfandEllsbury” through the charity “Charity Wines,” with all sales going to the causes “Ellsbury Read Project,” “Project Bread: The Walk for Hunger,” and “The Navajo Relief Fund.”
He tied the knot with Kelsey Hawkins in December 2012. Two kids were born to the couple.
Jacoby Ellsbury Net Worth
American Major League Baseball star Jacoby Ellsbury has a $50 million personal fortune. In Madras, Oregon, on September 11, 1983, Jacoby McCabe Ellsbury was born. He has represented the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees during his playing career. Ellsbury, a naturally skilled athlete who attended Madras High School, excelled in baseball, football, and basketball. With a.567 average, he broke the state high school batting average record. He also has the Oregon record for most base stealers in a single game with seven. After three years at Oregon State, Ellsbury entered the professional ranks in 2005 when Boston selected him with the 23rd overall pick. Although the Tampa Bay Devil Rays selected him first overall in the 23rd round of the 2002 MLB Draft, he did not sign that year. In 2011, Ellsbury not only finished second in the American League MVP voting to Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers, but also won his first Rawlings Gold Glove Award and Silver Slugger Award. In addition, he became the first player in Red Sox history to join the 30-30 club on September 25, 2011, against the New York Yankees, making him the only player in team history to do so. Jacoby has made $128 million in salary alone over the course of his MLB career as of September 2018.