How much is Dave Winfield worth?
|Net Worth:||$14 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Baseball Player|
|Date of Birth:||October 3, 1951|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Dave Winfield
- Born: Oct. 3, 1951
- Hometown: St. Paul, Minn.
- Height: 6-6
- Weight: 220 pounds
- Bats: Right
- Throws: Right
- Family: Wife, Tonya; daughters, Shanel and Arielle; son, David.
- Primary position: Outfield
Before the bigs:
- Was born the same day Bobby Thompson hit his famous pennant-winning home run for the New York Giants.
- Raised by his mother after his parents divorced when he was 3 years old.
- Earned a baseball scholarship to the University of Minnesota. Also played on the Gophers basketball team and was involved in a brawl with Ohio State players during a game in the 1972 season.
- In 1973, he led Minnesota to the College World Series and was named MVP of the Series (as a pitcher) and earned All-American honors.
- Following college, he was drafted by four teams in three different sports (baseball, basketball and football), one of just three players ever to be drafted by three professional sports.
- He selected baseball over the other two sports and gained notice when the San Diego Padres promoted him directly to the major leagues, but as an outfielder, not a pitcher. He was selected No. 4 overall in 1973. Another Hall of Famer, Robin Yount, was selected No. 3.
- Made his MLB debut on June 19, 1973.
- Played 22 seasons for six different teams. Spent first eight seasons with the Padres, next 10 years with the New York Yankees and then four different teams in the final five seasons.
- Was named to the All-Star Game 12 consecutive years from 1977 to 1988.
- Finished his career with a .283 batting average, 465 home runs and 1,833 RBI. His RBI total is 17th all-time as of 2012.
- Never won a league MVP, but finished in the top 10 voting seven times.
- His best finish among league leaders in slugging percentage was 1982, when his .560 mark was second-best. Six other times he finished among the league’s top 10.
- Won a Gold Glove Award seven times and a Silver Slugger Award in six seasons.
- Was named the Sporting News American League Comeback Player of the Year in 1990, splitting the season between the Yankees and California Angels. He had missed the 1989 season with a back injury.
- In 1978 he was named captain of the Padres. Had his best season with San Diego in 1979 when he batted .308 with 34 home runs and a National League-best 118 RBI. He also led the league in total bases (333) and intentional walks (24) that year.
- In 1981, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner signed him to a 10-year, $23 million contract, making him the game’s highest-paid player at the time.
- Winfield and Steinbrenner openly feuded and in 1984, the Yankees owner called him out by saying that the Yankees outfielder could not “hit for average.”
- He became the first Yankees player since Joe DiMaggio to drive in 100 runs in five consecutive seasons (1982-86).
- In 1983 Winfield drew the wrath of Canadian supporters and media when he accidentally beaned and killed a seagull between innings at a game in Toronto.
- He redeemed himself in 1992 when he signed a free agent contract to play for the Blue Jays and finished with a .290 batting average with 26 home runs and 108 RBI in leading the Jays to their first-ever World Series appearance.
- His best World Series moment for the Blue Jays came in Game 6 when he hit a two-run double in the 11th inning to lead Toronto to a 4-3 win and their first championship.
- On Sept. 16, 1993 at age 41, he collected his 3,000th career hit when playing for his hometown Minnesota Twins.
- He was among the league’s top 10 hitters in four seasons, each time finishing with an average over .300.
- His last game was Oct. 1, 1995, playing for the Cleveland Indians.
- Was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001, receiving 84.5 percent of the votes on the first ballot.
- San Diego retired his jersey (31) on April 14, 2001.
- In 2006, Winfield was inducted into the inaugural class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
- In 2006, he helped create The Baseball Music Project, a series of concerts that celebrate the history of baseball.
- Joined ESPN as an analyst on the network’s “Baseball Tonight” program in 2009.
- In 2010 he was named No. 15 among Big Ten Conference “Icons.”
- Developed the Dave Winfield Foundation in 1975. According to his website, he was the first active athlete to establish a charitable foundation.
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