Barry Zito net worth and salary: Barry Zito is an American former professional baseball player who has a net worth of $50 million. Barry Zito is most famous for his playing days with the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants. Zito made his major league debut in 2000 in a game against the Anaheim Angels. Zito was awarded the AL Cy Young Award in 2002, and was the three time All-Star Selection for 2002, 2003 and 2006. Zito stayed with the Oakland Athletics until 2007, when he signed a seven year contract with the San Francisco Giants. His contract is worth $126 million, with an $18 million option for the year 2014 and a $7 million buyout. While playing for the Giants, Zito had to play against his old team, the Oakland Athletics, and only lasted for four innings. After walking seven, giving up seven runs and two bases loaded walks, the Giants lost to the A's, 15-3. In a 2008 game against the Florida Marlins, he got his first win of the season. He pitched a no-hitter in 2009, through six innings against the Texas Rangers, which brought him to his seventh win. In 2010, he earned a win against the Houston Astros, and on June 10th of 2010 won the game against his old team the Oakland A's, defeating all the MLB teams, as well as his own team the San Francisco Giants. Even though Zito wasn't on the post season roster for the Giants, he won his first World Series ring. In 2011 Zito suffered an injury to his right foot and was only able to stand in when other pitchers needed a break, and after his second foot injury, Zito was indefinitely sidelined.
Barry Zito was born in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1978. He attended Grossmont High School in San Diego and then transferred to the University of San Diego High School and earned all league honors. He then attended UC Santa Barbara and earned Freshman All America Honors. After that, he transferred again to Los Angeles Pierce College, where he became named to the all-state and all-conference teams. He next went to USC, and that's where USA Today Baseball Weekly, Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America named him first team All-America selection, and the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year.
He was given the nicknames, Planet Zito and Captain Quirk because of his unusual sense of humor. He likes to meditate and practice yoga before each game. He is the creator of a charity for the hospitals treating wounded soldiers during military operations, called Strikeouts for Troops. Whenever he throws a strikeout, he donates $400 to the charity. His father, Joe Zito, was a composer and has composed, as well as arranged for recording star, Nat King Cole. His mother, Roberta, was a singer with Nat King Cole, as well as musician in his band, in the Merry Young Souls. Barry Zito is the nephew of actor Patrick Duffy and has also had an acting role in one episode of the CBS television series, Jag, as a U.S. petty Naval Officer.