Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$40 million
Date Of BirthApril 14, 1966
SpouseRebecca Villalobos, Halle Berry
FactNamed to Baseball Digest magazine's 1990 Rookie All-Star Team.


Who is David Justice?

David Christopher Justice was born on 14 April 1966, in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, and is a former professional baseball player, best known for his career in Major League Baseball (MLB) in which he played mostly as an outfielder or a designated hitter. Some of the teams he played for during his career include the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, and the New York Yankees.

The Riches of David Justice

As of early-2020, David Justice’s net worth is estimated to be over $40 million, earned largely through a successful career in professional baseball. He played in the MLB for 13 years, and earned numerous lucrative contracts from the teams he played with.

He’s also done a bit of television work, which has contributed to his income.

Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings

At a young age, David showed promise on numerous fronts, excelling in his academics while also showcasing his athletic abilities; due to his talent, he was able to skip two grades of primary school. He attended Covington Latin School in Kentucky, and became a member of the school’s basketball team, in which he broke the record for all-time leading scorer of the school.

His achievements in basketball led him to be offered a scholarship at Thomas More College in Kentucky, where he took up a course in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology.

After completing his degree, he didn’t pursue a career in professional basketball, but instead looked to professional baseball, a sport he was interested in since he was a child. He entered the MLB draft and was selected by the Atlanta Braves. After two years, he made his major league debut, replacing Dale Murphy who had been traded to the Philadelphia Phillies.

A Successful Baseball Career

During his debut season in 1990, Justice quickly became a star, and won the National League’s Rookie of the Year Award with 28 home runs. He continued making a name for himself the following year, as he helped his team rise to the top of the division, though his performance was hampered by a nagging back injury.

Despite that, he was able to help his team reach the World Series. After a year of sub-par performance due to his injury, he bounced back in 1993 and finished third in the Most Valuable Player (MVP) voting, behind Barry Bonds and Lenny Dykstra.

After the 1994 MLB strike, he returned to play the following year and helped the Braves get to the World Series once more. This time, he was in good condition but drew the ire of fans after making a comment against them for the lack of support they were giving. Despite that, he got a crucial home run in the sixth game of the series that helped them win the championship.

With a World Series under his belt, he was expected to perform even better the following year, but his season ended abruptly after he suffered a shoulder separation injury.

Later Baseball Career

In 1997, just before the season started, David was traded to the Cleveland Indians with Marquis Grissom. He continued to excel, and helped his new team get to the World Series. In the next few years, he continued with solid performances, though not as strong as during his time with the Braves. In 2000, he was traded to the New York Mets before getting sent to the Oakland Athletics. He was considered an experiment with the Athletics, who were trying out new strategies. Following his one year with the team, he opted to retire.

David Justice

While he had a successful professional baseball career, he was also excelling on other fronts, and was even featured in “People” magazine in which named him one of the Most Beautiful People of the year. He was later inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Atlanta Braves, as he was a part of many championship competing lineups with them. In 2007, The Mitchell Report published an article reporting him for the possible use of performance-enhancing drugs, one that has denied in the past. Despite that, the report may have been the reason that he became ineligible for the MLB Hall of Fame as he only got one vote, eliminating him from any future discussions.

Life After MLB

After retiring from the sport, Justice was hired by the sports network ESPN, or Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, as a commentator for professional baseball sportscasts for two years. After his two year run there, he then moved to the YES Network, for which he mainly did coverage of the New York Yankees in a studio setting. The network is known for its close ties to the Yankees, due to being in the same ownership.

He also contributed articles to the network’s website, and hosted the program “Yankees on Deck”. He took a significantly lesser role there in 2007, and after his home was destroyed by the wildfires in California, he never returned to the network.

In 2011, he was portrayed by actor Stephen Bishop in the film “Moneyball”, which starred Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. The film is based on the book “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” and talks about the Athletics and their manager Billy Beane who implemented a statistical method to recruiting talent, leading to a change in the world of professional baseball.

Personal Life

In 1992, David married actress Halle Berry after being in a relationship for a few years. She was once one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, winning the Academy Award for best actress and appearing in numerous high profile films.

These include playing the role of Storm in the “X-Men” film franchise, and recently appearing in “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”. The couple resided in Sandy Springs, Georgia, and stayed together for four years before separating. They divorced a year later, and Berry even filed for a restraining order against him.

A few years later, he met businesswoman Rebecca Villalobos, who was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company, Exotic Spices Calendars. The two married in 2001 and they have three children together. The family was featured in an episode of “Celebrity Wife Swap”, in which his wife developed an interest in acting.

General Info

Full NameDavid Justice
Net Worth$40 million
Salary$7 million per year
Date Of BirthApril 14, 1966
Height1.9 m
Weight98 kg
ProfessionActor, Baseball player
EducationThomas More College
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseRebecca Villalobos, Halle Berry
ChildrenDionisio Justice, Raquel Justice, David Justice Jr.
ParentsNettie Justice, Robert Justice

Social profile links

Facts

#Fact
1Announced his retirement from baseball. [January 2003]
2Ex-brother-in-law of Heidi Berry.
3Named to Baseball Digest magazine's 1990 Rookie All-Star Team.
4Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
5The New York Yankees obtain Justice from the Cleveland Indians for OF Ricky Ledee and two players to be named (29 June 2000).
6The New York Mets send Justice and $1.2 million to the Oakland Athletics for Ps Mark Guthrie and Tyler Yates (14 December 2001).
7The New York Mets send 3B Robin Ventura to the New York Yankees for Justice (7 December 2001)
8The Atlanta Braves send Justice and CF Marquis Grissom to the Cleveland Indians for CF Kenny Lofton and reliever Alan Embree (25 March 1997).
9ML Debut: 24 May 1989
10Announced his retirement. In 1,610 regular season games with the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics, Justice had 1571 hits, including 305 homers with 1,017 RBI for a .279 batting average (6 February 2003)
112000 American League Championship Series MVP
121990 National League Rookie of the Year (6 November 1990)
13Hit a solo home run in Game 6 of the 1995 World Series for the Atlanta Braves against the Cleveland Indians. That turned out to be the only run of the game and the only run pitcher Tom Glavine needed as he pitched a complete-game, one-hit, 1-0 shutout to give the Braves the World Series championship.
14His 112 games, 398 at-bats, 63 RBI and 64 walks (as of 2002) are postseason records.
15He and wife Rebecca have a son, Dionisio (b. 7 June 2002)
16Wife Rebecca is the founder and owner of the Exotic Spices calendar series.
17Has a son, David Jr. (b. 27 December 1999) by his ex-fiancé, Nicole Foster.
18Hit a 3 run home run to take the lead in Game 6 of the 2000 ALCS to win the series.

Movies

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Motor City Masters2014TV SeriesHimself - Former MLB Superstar / Guest Judge
Celebrity Wife Swap2014TV SeriesHimself
The Sub2013TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Kendra on Top2012TV SeriesHimself - Former MLB Player
100 Years of the World Series2003Video documentaryHimself
Sunday Night Baseball1992-2002TV SeriesHimself - Atlanta Braves Right Fielder / Himself - Cleveland Indians Designated Hitter / Himself / ...
2001 World Series2001TV MovieHimself (New York Yankees Outfielder)
2001 American League Championship Series2001TV SeriesHimself - New York Yankees Designated Hitter
2000 Official World Series2000Video documentaryHimself (New York Yankees Left Fielder)
2000 American League Championship Series2000TV Mini-SeriesHimself - New York Yankees Left Fielder / Right Fielder
ESPN SportsCentury2000TV Series documentaryHimself
1998 American League Championship Series1998TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Cleveland Indians Designated Hitter / Himself - Cleveland Indians Left Fielder
1997 American League Championship Series1997TV SeriesHimself - Cleveland Indians Designated Hitter
Arli$$1997TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1995TV SeriesHimself
1995 National League Championship Series1995TV SeriesHimself - Atlanta Braves Right Fielder
Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream1995DocumentaryHimself (interviews)
WWE Raw1995TV SeriesHimself
1994 MLB All-Star Game1994TV SpecialHimself - NL Right Fielder
1993 National League Championship Series1993TV SeriesHimself - Atlanta Braves Right Fielder
1993 MLB All-Star Game1993TV SpecialHimself - NL Right Fielder
1992 National League Championship Series1992TV SeriesHimself - Atlanta Braves Right Fielder
1991 National League Championship Series1991TV SeriesHimself - Atlanta Braves Right Fielder

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
E! True Hollywood Story2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The 50 Greatest Home Runs in Baseball History1992Video documentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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