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.
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.
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.