John Rocker, nicknamed – Captain Redneck, is a retired American relief pitcher who played for Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, and the Atlanta Braves in MLB.
He was born on October 17, 1974, in Statesboro, Georgia, USA.
Rocker attended the First Presbyterian Day School in Macon, Georgia. During high school, John was a pitcher.
In 1993, he was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 18th round of the amateur draft. In 1998, Rocker was promoted to the major league club.
John was 1–3 with a 2.13 ERA in 38 innings pitched in his rookie season.
In April 2000, Rocker was suspended by MLB after making ethnic and racial remarks that “offended practically every element of society” in a December 1999 Sports Illustrated article.
John said in a statement: ”I do not believe it is appropriate that I should be harshly disciplined for my misguided speech unaccompanied by any conduct on my part.”
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said for ESPN:
”Major league baseball takes seriously its role as an American institution and the important social responsibility that goes with it.”
On June 23, 2001, Rocker was traded to the Cleveland Indians. In the next season, John was traded to the Texas Rangers.
In 2002, he appeared in the horror-comedy The Greenskeeper.
He signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2003. However, Tampa Bay released Rocker after only two appearances.
Rocker signed with the Long Island Ducks in 2005. He was released by the Long Island Ducks on June 27, 2005.
In 2006, he appeared on Pros vs. Joes, a reality game show that featured male amateur contestants who play vs professional athletes.
In 2001, Rocker released his memoirs, titled – ”Scars and Strikes.” The memoir details his baseball career as well as his long fight to reverse his bad reputation after the December 1999 Sports Illustrated article.
During a 2011 interview with radio host Mike Silva, Rocker admitted to using steroids during his baseball career. He said:
”With the coaching staff and their confidence on my shoulders, with the millions of Atlanta Braves fans, I am not going to step on that mound with that kind of responsibility with my gun half loaded.”
In 2008, Rocker said in an interview that “between 40 to 50% of baseball players are on steroids.”
John Rocker is not married, but he started to date Julie McGee in 2011. The two first met at a Motley Crue concert.
Note – Julie has modeled for 18 years and worked in real estate. In 2012, McGee won the Sunday bikini contest at the Mullet Toss at the Flora-Bama.
In 2014, Julie and John competed on Survivor: San Juan del Sur. That season of Survivor featured pairs of loved ones competing against each other.
Jeff Probst, the Survivor host, said about Rocker participating on the reality competition series:
”I find John Rocker a perfect fit for this show because of all the baggage he brings in.”
John was the third person voted out. Later, Rocker told Parade Magazine: ”I was happy to get voted out. I lost 19 pounds in 10 days.” He went on to say: ”I never knew when I was going to eat again. It was miserable.”
Rocker and McGee later broke up. She is currently in a relationship with Patric Stadtfeld. Rocker is involved in a romantic relationship with an unknown woman, according to his Instagram.
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Rocker is 6′ 4″ (1.93 m) tall.
”I’m merely a baseball player, guys.”
”My family is my world.”
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”So many dumb asses don’t know how to drive in this town.”
”The media loves nothing more than when there is a racial scandal or something.”
John Rocker – Net Worth
Rocker earned most of his wealth from playing as a relief pitcher in MLB. John has played in Major League Baseball for Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, and Cleveland Indians.
In the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, Rocker has played for the Long Island Ducks. Therefore, John Rocker has an estimated net worth of $3 million.
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