Barry Zito

American baseball pitcher Barry Zito

Barry William Zito is an American left-handed pitcher for Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants. He previously played seven seasons with the Oakland Athletics. During his time with the Athletics, he won the 2002 American League Cy Young Award and made three All-Star teams. He also didn't miss a scheduled start in his career during that time, and led the American League in starts four times.
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Lefty pitcher Barry Zito retiring from baseball as planned
Fox News - over 2 years
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Left-hander Barry Zito is retiring just as he planned.
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Barry Zito Heads to the Minors
NYTimes - almost 3 years
Zito is accepting an assignment to Class AAA Nashville.
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A's notebook: Barry Zito should stick with A's, scout says
Inside Bay Area - almost 3 years
Barry Zito could generate outside interest, but he might be a great fit for the A's
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Nightengale: What brought Barry Zito back to baseball
USA Today- Sports - almost 3 years
Barry Zito may not make the A's roster. But he had to try.          
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Sharks' Tommy Wingels steps up for gay athletes
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Burke, 21, was killed in a car crash several months after coming out nationally in an ESPN.com story, and in his honor, close friend Wingels, now a forward with the San Jose Sharks, became a founding benefactor of the You Can Play project, which is dedicated to ensuring respect and equality for all athletes, regardless of sexual orientation. Wingels and former Miami teammate Andy Miele, now with the Phoenix Coyotes, were the first pro athletes to support You Can Play, which was started by Brendan Burke's brother, Patrick; Burke's father, Brian, the acting president and general manager of the Calgary Flames; and Brian Kitts and Glenn Witman. Area athletes on boardYou Can Play has gone on to become one of the most high-profile campaigns in sports, with dozens of athletes, teams and well-known musicians filming videos to support the cause. In the Bay Area, Joe Thornton of the Sharks, Coco Crisp of the A's, Vernon Davis of the 49ers, Marcel Reece of the Raiders, Klay Thompson of the Wa...
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Tim Hudson May Join San Francisco Giants
Huffington Post - over 4 years
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tim Hudson is headed back to the Bay Area. The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a $23 million, two-year contract with the free-agent pitcher, who began his career with Oakland. Hudson had a physical Monday, and the team said the deal is pending the results of that examination. Hudson made his major league debut with the Athletics in 1999 and went 92-39 in six seasons with Oakland, where the right-hander teamed with Mark Mulder and Barry Zito to form a successful "Big Three." The 38-year-old Hudson went 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 21 starts this season for Atlanta. His season was cut short by a broken right ankle that required surgery. The Braves earlier this month declined to make a qualifying offer to Hudson, who won 49 games during the previous three seasons. "I'm pumped," Giants lefty reliever Jeremy Affeldt said by text message. "Great signing for us. Competitor and innings eater. Knows how to win!" Hudson was hurt July 24 in New York when the Mets' Eric ...
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Giants decline option on Barry Zito
Fox News - over 4 years
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco Giants and pitcher Barry Zito have parted ways almost seven years after the club signed him to a seven-year, $126 million deal.The Giants declined an $18 million team option for next season, buying Zito out for $7 million and making him a free agent
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Barry Zito, Andres Torres declared free agents
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
It’s not surprising, but is official. The Giants have declined the $18 million option on Barry Zito’s contract, making him a free agent. Zito and Andres Torres were added to the list of free agents today, according to a release by the Major League Baseball Players Association. (I’ll be honest. I didn’t even know the Giants had an option on Torres for 2014. I’m trying to find out how much it was. He earned $2 million in 2013.) Zito gets a $7 million buyout. With this paperwork, Zito’s seven-season tenure with the Giants officially ended. He had his farewell from the fans when he pitched to one batter in the Read More
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Dodgers Stay Alive, Force Game 6 in St. Louis
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
Photo by Mercury News Los Angeles, CA -- An elimination game no more, the Dodgers force a game six in St. Louis. L.A. opened up their bats to dominate the Cardinals with a 6-4 win and stay alive in the National League Championship Series. The San Francisco Giants did the impossible last October and rallied back from being down 3-1 in the NLCS to beat St. Louis and win the World Series. The Dodgers are hoping to accomplish the same feat this Friday. "They were up, 3-1 last year and they lost it," said Adrian Gonzalez. "We're looking to do the same thing that happened last year." L.A. hit a total of four home runs, Gonzalez hit two and both Carl Crawford and A.J. Ellis went yard as well. The Dodgers tied a franchise postseason record, set in the 1977 World Series and 1978 NLCS. They had gone homeless in the first four games in the series. "We need to think about it as a one-game Super Bowl," Ellis said. "We've got the best pitcher in baseball going Friday, but they've a...
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Platitudes and Tautologies in Post-Season Baseball
Huffington Post - over 4 years
With eight teams still left in the playoffs, baseball's biggest post-season battle, the one between platitude and tautologies, can begin. For years, platitudes, untestable cliches aimed at making the speaker and audience feel good, have been the most popular way to explain who wins the World Series. The winning team is invariably described as having good chemistry and wanting it more. Similarly, no matter how many home runs are hit, there is always a consensus that pitching and defense are what matter in the post-season. The advantage of platitudes is that they do not have to be accurate, as they are generally untestable. Asserting the winning team has good chemistry might be true or it might not be. A fight in the locker room, for example, can be attributed to bad chemistry if the team goes on to lose, or just the right thing to motivate the team if they go on to win. The team that wins the World Series will likely have the right mix of veterans and young players because all teams h...
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A positive from a negative
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Kaepernick might be the first top athlete to rise above the Twitter babble by twisting its ugliness into a tool to use for added strength. Barry Zito, the Zen master, had to shut down his Twitter account. For Johnny Football Manziel, according to an ESPN The Magazine profile, "The Twitter negativity became a drug he both hated and couldn't kick, and he stayed on his phone, reading every response, firing back." If people are heaping flowery words of praise upon you, then you feel more exposed before your enemies. Brian WilsonLooks like B Wheezy finally slipped over the Dennis Rodman Line, which separates the bright, original, quirky sports personalities from the scary, self-delusional buffoons. Here's a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote that Wilson might want to tattoo on the inside of his eyelids: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind." In baseball's cyber age, many of the old stats have been devalued, but a .300 BA is still a beautiful thing. [...
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Brian Wilson didn't help himself with angry stunt
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Call up "Wilson Father's Day" on YouTube to watch a clean-shaven Wilson addressing the subject at length with Amy Gutierrez in 2008. Whatever persona he projected on the mound, Wilson was a beacon of good sense in the Giants' clubhouse in those days, always a source of perspective and well-meaning humor. The right wayThough the Giants had no idea how to properly handle a farewell start for Barry Zito, the Yankees honored Mariano Rivera's final home appearance in a manner beyond anyone's imagination. With one out to go in the ninth inning, nobody on, longtime teammates Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte came out to make a pitching change, and a sobbing Rivera hugged both men. As he made his final walk to the dugout in tears, it became one of the most endearing moments in baseball history ... For decades now, MLB has made the idiotic mistake of rejecting an official award for relief pitchers. Naming it after Rivera, and forever eliminating the awkward possibility of a reliever stealing...
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Zito Gets Win, Ends Tenure With Giants
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
Photo by Josie Lepe, Bay Area News Group After seven years with the Giants, Barry Zito's time has come to an end. Manager Bruce Bochy surprised the pitcher with one last start and in his final curtain call, he earned the decision with the 6-4 victory over the Dodgers snapping an eight game losing streak. It's been a rocky road for Zito who recorded his first win since May 30th. He made his first start since September 2nd in San Diego. The southpaw has been pulled twice from the starting rotation this season. Coming out of the bullpen as a relief pitcher, Barry never gave up hope that he'd get one more start. "It was very unexpected to come in yesterday and be asked if I could go tomorrow," he said. "I said definitely, I'm always ready. So to get this win against the Dodgers and do it at home, come out and see the fans one last time was special." The Giants have decided to not pick up the $18 million option on his seven-year, $126 million deal, instead will pay a $7 mi...
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2015
    On October 19, 2015, Zito announced his retirement from baseball in an article for The Players' Tribune.
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    On September 26, 2015, 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 April 4, 2015, Zito accepted an assignment to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds.
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    After taking a year off from baseball, Zito signed a minor league contract to return to the Athletics on February 16, 2015.
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  • 2014
    Zito and wife Amber gave birth to their first child, a son, in July 2014.
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    The Giants declined Zito's 2014 option, buying it out for $7 million.
  • 2013
    His father, Joe Zito, who died June 19, 2013, at the age of 84, composed and arranged music for Nat King Cole in the early 1960s (ca.1961–64) and arranged for the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra.
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    He finished the 2013 season at 5–11 with a 5.74 ERA in 30 games, 25 of which were starts.
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    On April 5, 2013, during the Giants' home opener, Zito held the Cardinals scoreless over seven shutout innings, earning the 1–0 win.
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  • 2012
    On October 24, 2012, Zito pitched in the first World Series of his career.
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    On October 19, 2012, Zito rebounded and pitched arguably the best game of his career, tossing 7 shutout innings against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS), earning the win.
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    After struggling mightily during spring training in which he threw with a new crouched delivery, Zito began the 2012 season with a start against the Rockies on April 9.
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  • 2011
    Zito became engaged to former Miss Missouri Amber Seyer in April 2011, and they were married on December 3, 2011.
    Early in the 2011 season Zito experienced his first trip to the disabled list after an injury to his right foot during a fielding play.
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  • 2010
    On June 12, 2010, Zito earned his first win against his former team, the Athletics, which gave him victories against every MLB team.
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    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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    He 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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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    The 2009 season seemed to mark a rebound in Zito's pitching performance.
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  • 2008
    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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    On May 23, Zito collected his first win of the 2008 season against the Florida Marlins.
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    Zito began the 2008 season as the oldest starter and the veteran presence in the Giants' starting rotation.
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  • 2007
    During spring training in 2007, he and Barry Bonds made shirts that read "Don't ask me, ask Barry" with an arrow pointing to the other Barry.
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  • 2006
    Zito's contract on December 29, 2006, became the highest for any pitcher in Major League history at the time.
    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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    Zito replaced his agent Arn Tellem with Scott Boras in July 2006.
    He was named to the 2006 All-Star Game.
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    In 2006, Zito went 1.1 innings and allowed seven earned runs on Opening Day (April 3) against the Yankees.
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  • 2005
    In 2005, Zito again struggled in the month of April, going 0–4 with a 6.60 ERA.
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    Following the departure of Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder, Zito was given his first Opening Day assignment in 2005.
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  • 2004
    In 2004, Zito struggled and posted the worst numbers of his career at the time.
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  • 2003
    In 2003, Zito portrayed a United States Navy petty officer in an episode of JAG on CBS.
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    In 2003, Zito was seventh in the AL in ERA (3.30).
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    In 2003, Zito started off with a win against the Mariners.
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  • 2002
    In 2002, Zito became one of the best pitchers in baseball.
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  • 2001
    After a great rookie season, Zito struggled through the early part of the 2001 season, posting a 6–7 record with a 5.01 ERA in his first 22 starts.
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    In 2001, Zito Switched his Uniform Number to 75 (which he would wear throughout the rest of his career) finished third in the American League (AL) in strikeouts per nine innings (8.61), fourth in strikeouts (205), sixth in wins (17), eighth in ERA (3.49), and tenth in winning percentage (.680).
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  • 2000
    Zito made his major league debut on July 22, 2000, against the Anaheim Angels wearing #53.
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    Zito began the 2000 season in AAA with the Sacramento River Cats (the Canadians franchise had moved to Sacramento).
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    In 1999, Zito began his professional career with the Visalia Oaks, Oakland's A team.
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    In the 1999 draft, he was selected by the Oakland Athletics with the ninth pick of the first round, and signed for a $1.59 million bonus.
  • 1997
    Zito also played in the Cape Cod Baseball League, a summer wooden bat league which showcases the nation's top amateur prospects. He led the Wareham Gatemen to the league championship in 1997, and a runner-up finish in 1998.
  • 1996
    Zito was taken by the Seattle Mariners in the 59th round (1,586th overall) of the 1996 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft, and in the third round (83rd overall) by the Texas Rangers in 1998, but did not sign with either team.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Zito was born May 13, 1978, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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