88 Facts About Barry Zito


Barry William Zito was born on May 13,1978 and is an American former professional baseball pitcher.

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Barry Zito played 15 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants.

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Barry Zito became Oakland's Opening Day starter in 2005 and finished fifth in the AL with 171 strikeouts.

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Barry Zito posted double-digit wins in his first three seasons, and in 2010 he helped San Francisco win their first championship since 1954.

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Barry Zito struggled in 2013 but received a standing ovation from the fans in his final appearance as a Giant.

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Barry Zito was born May 13,1978, in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Roberta and Joe Barry Zito.

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Barry Zito's parents were a show-business couple working for singer and pianist Nat King Cole and he had two sisters who were 9 and 13 years older than Barry.

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Barry Zito's family moved to San Diego, California, to help him concentrate on his baseball career, after he showed signs of promise from a very young age.

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Barry Zito transferred from El Cajon's Grossmont High School, where he was the star pitcher, to University of San Diego High School, a Roman Catholic private school for his senior year.

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Barry Zito then attended UC Santa Barbara where he earned Freshman All-America Honors with 125 strikeouts in.

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Barry Zito then transferred to the University of Southern California, where he was a first-team All-America selected by USA Today Baseball Weekly, Collegiate Baseball, and Baseball America.

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Barry Zito played in the Cape Cod Baseball League, a summer wooden bat league which showcases the nation's top amateur prospects.

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Barry Zito led the Wareham Gatemen to the league championship in 1997, and was named a league all-star and led the team to a runner-up finish in 1998.

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Barry Zito was taken by the Seattle Mariners in the 59th round of the 1996 Major League Baseball draft, and in the third round by the Texas Rangers in 1998, but did not sign with either team.

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In 1999, Barry Zito began his professional career with the Visalia Oaks, Oakland's A team.

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Barry Zito continued to have great success early in his rookie season.

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Barry Zito threw 110 pitches, struck out eight, and allowed five hits.

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Barry Zito made his postseason debut in Game 4 of the AL Division Series against the New York Yankees.

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Barry Zito became the sixth lefty aged 23 or younger since 1902 to strike out at least 200 batters in a season.

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Barry Zito went eight innings, striking out six, walking one, and allowing an earned run.

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Barry Zito was named to the All-Star team for the first time in his career.

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Barry Zito again faced the Angels in his next start and produced similar results.

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Barry Zito would become the AL's first 15-game winner when he beat the Rangers.

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In Game 3 of the ALDS, Barry Zito went six innings and gave up three earned runs against the Twins, earning the win.

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Barry Zito became the first A's pitcher to win the Cy Young Award since Dennis Eckersley did it in 1992.

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Barry Zito went 6 innings and allowed an earned run, an RBI single by Olerud in the first inning.

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Barry Zito allowed seven earned runs and 15 hits against the Devil Rays.

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Barry Zito went eight innings without surrendering a run against the Baltimore Orioles.

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Barry Zito was again named to the All Star team, the second time he has been named to the team.

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In Game 5, Barry Zito went six innings and allowed four earned runs, taking the loss as the Red Sox won the game and the series.

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In 2004, Barry Zito struggled and posted the worst numbers of his career at the time.

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Barry Zito still finished 10th in the league in strikeouts with 163.

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Barry Zito's 35 starts were the most in Major League Baseball that season, demonstrating his durability as a pitcher.

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Barry Zito had a no-hitter going into the eighth inning, but Mark DeRosa singled to lead it off.

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Barry Zito was tied for eighth in the league in wins, he ranked tenth in ERA, and he was third in innings pitched.

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Barry Zito replaced his agent Arn Tellem with Scott Boras in July 2006.

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Barry Zito was a focal point of the 2006 trade deadline, and was widely rumored to be headed to the Mets in a potential deal for prospect Lastings Milledge.

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Barry Zito went six innings but allowed eight earned runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Barry Zito lasted only four innings as he gave up seven runs while walking seven, including two bases-loaded walks.

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Barry Zito recorded his first career run batted in two days later against the Nationals' Mike Bacsik, in the same game that Barry Bonds hit his record-breaking 756th career home run.

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Barry Zito admitted that he had put pressure on himself to perform because of the large contract and was learning that he just needed to be himself.

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Barry Zito said that it had been difficult for him to adjust to a new league, team, and ballpark.

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Barry Zito failed to reach 200 innings for the first time since 2000 and posted a career-high 4.

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Barry Zito began the 2008 season as the oldest starter and the veteran presence in the Giants' starting rotation.

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In that game, Barry Zito allowed five hits and two earned runs over five innings and took the loss, his seventh of the season.

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On May 23, Barry Zito collected his first win of the 2008 season against the Florida Marlins.

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Barry Zito started the 2010 season by pitching six shutout innings against the Houston Astros to earn a win; it was the first time he had won his season-opening start since 2003.

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On June 12,2010, Barry Zito earned his first win against his former team, the Athletics, which gave him victories against every MLB team.

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Barry Zito is one of eighteen pitchers to record a win against all 30 MLB teams, and the first pitcher to accomplish the feat while only with two clubs.

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Barry Zito worked out throughout the playoffs so that he would be ready to join the roster in case of an injury, but he was never needed and remained on the secondary squad.

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Early in the 2011 season Barry Zito experienced his first trip to the disabled list after an injury to his right foot during a fielding play.

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Barry Zito returned to the disabled list after aggravating his right foot injury; ironically, his trip to the DL made room for Sanchez to return to the rotation.

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In earning the win, Barry Zito earned his 150th career win, becoming the 246th pitcher to hit the mark.

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However, because Barry Zito was removed between innings during the Dodger game, Bochy sent him in to pitch in relief in the final game of the year so that Giants' fans could give him a standing ovation.

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In spring training, Barry Zito competed for a role on the Athletics' 25-man roster, possibly as a long reliever.

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Barry Zito spent the entire season with Nashville, including about a month on the disabled list with left shoulder tendinitis.

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Barry Zito was activated on the next-to-last day of the season on which he pitched one scoreless inning of relief.

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On September 26,2015, Barry Zito started for the Athletics against Hudson and the Giants in a matchup that was arranged as a tribute to the A's "Big Three" of the early 2000s.

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On October 19,2015, Barry Zito announced his retirement from baseball in an article for The Players' Tribune.

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Barry Zito's fastball hovered between 84 miles per hour and 88 miles per hour.

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Barry Zito augmented it with a circle changeup and a curveball that he used as a strikeout pitch.

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Barry Zito's curveball was voted the best in the Major Leagues in a player poll conducted by Sports Illustrated in 2005.

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Barry Zito's diminished velocity at the start of the 2007 season and loss of command were the key mechanical reasons for his struggles that year, as he more often got behind in the count and had to rely more on his fastball.

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In 2012, Barry Zito relied mostly on his two-seam fastball and cutter, and reduced his reliance on the four-seamer, which was the slowest four-seamer in MLB among starting pitchers that year, at 84.

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Barry Zito holds a couple more dubious positions on Oakland's list: his 148 home runs allowed rank fifth, and his 65 hit by pitches rank fourth.

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Barry Zito did not pitch in the playoffs that year, but did pitch in the 2012 postseason, saving the Giants' season by pitching them to a Game 5 victory in the NLCS against the Cardinals, and then outdueling Tigers' ace Justin Verlander in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series.

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Barry Zito started playing guitar in 1999 as a way to pass time on road trips.

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Barry Zito had not considered music as a profession until his sister, Sally Zito, asked him to play guitar in her band with which he played during the offseason from 2000 to 2007.

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Barry Zito used his time off to learn from the city's music industry professionals and to pursue songwriting.

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Barry Zito released his first EP, titled No Secrets, on January 27,2017.

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Barry Zito later co-wrote and sang vocals for a theme song for the Nashville Sounds, titled "That Sound".

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Barry Zito was revealed to have competed as "Rhino" in season 3 of The Masked Singer.

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Barry Zito became engaged to former Miss Missouri Amber Seyer in April 2011, and they were married on December 3,2011.

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Barry Zito's mother Roberta was a musician who sang in a choral group known as The Merry Young Souls and with Nat King Cole and his band.

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Barry Zito plays guitar, and he co-wrote the song "Butterflies" that was used in the Eddie Murphy film A Thousand Words.

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Barry Zito is known for his idiosyncrasies and his offbeat personality.

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Barry Zito earned the nicknames "Planet Zito" and "Captain Quirk" when with Oakland.

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Barry Zito says he likes the way his uniform number 75 looks because the 7 and the 5 are like a "shelf" to hold the name "Barry Zito" up.

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Barry Zito has done yoga poses in the outfield, and meditated before games.

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Barry Zito has said that he believes terms such as "flaky" or "hippie" have been applied to him by people who do not know him well enough to know better.

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Barry Zito was raised in a "spiritual, metaphysical type church" that was founded by his grandmother and that his mother, Roberta, who died in 2008, formerly preached at.

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In 2001, Barry Zito espoused a universal life force that he credited with his midseason turnaround.

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Barry Zito said that he discovered this force by reading Creative Mind by Ernest Holmes.

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Barry Zito got a tattoo of a golden calf on the inside of his right bicep as a reminder for him to "not worship false idols" and to remember that God comes first.

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In 2019, Barry Zito wrote Curveball: How I Discovered True Fulfillment After Chasing Fortune and Fame, a memoir book about his life and his conversion to Christianity.

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Barry Zito has said, “Having placed my full identity into my baseball career for most of my life, only to have it stripped away during the 2010 World Series run is what led me to discover my true identity.

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In 2010, Barry Zito announced that he would donate $1,500 for every strikeout in the Giants–Padres game on September 11.

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In 2003, Barry Zito portrayed a United States Navy petty officer in an episode of JAG on CBS.

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