Known from movies
|Net value||$40 million|
|Date of birth||April 14, 1966|
|Husband||Rebecca Villalobos, Halle Berry|
|Fact||The New York Mets send 3B Robin Ventura to the New York Yankees for Justice (December 7, 2001)|
Who is David Justice?
David Christopher Justice was born on April 14, 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 primarily as an outfielder or designated hitter. Some of the teams he played for during his career include the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, and the New York Yankees.
The Wealth of David Justice
As of the beginning of 2020, David Justice’s net worth is estimated to be over $40 million, largely earned 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 has also done some television work which has added to his income.
Beginning of early life, education and career
At a young age, David showed promise on numerous fronts, excelling in his academic skills and also displaying his athletic prowess; his talent allowed him 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 school’s all-time leading scorer record.
His achievements in basketball led to him being offered a scholarship to Thomas More College in Kentucky, where he took a criminal justice course with a minor in psychology.
After completing college, he did not pursue a career in professional basketball, instead watching professional baseball, a sport he had been 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 was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies.
A successful baseball career
During his debut season in 1990, Justice quickly became a star, winning the National League’s Rookie of the Year Award with 28 home runs. He continued to make a name for himself the following year, helping his team to the top of the division, though his performance was hampered by a nagging back injury.
Despite this, he was able to help his team reach the World Series. After a year of underperformance due to his injury, he rebounded in 1993 to finish 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, helping the Braves to the World Series once again. This time he was in good shape, but he drew the wrath of fans after he made a comment against them for the lack of support they gave. Despite this, he gave up a crucial home run in the sixth game of the series that helped them win the championship.
With a World Series in his pocket, he was expected to perform even better the following year, but his season ended abruptly after he suffered a shoulder injury.
Subsequent 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 to the World Series. In the following years, he continued solid performances, although not as strong as during his time with the Braves. In 2000, he was traded to the New York Mets before being sent to the Oakland Athletics. He was considered an experiment in athletics, trying out new strategies. After his one year with the team, he chose to retire.
While he had a successful professional baseball career, he excelled on other fronts as well, even being featured in “People” magazine, where he was named one of the most beautiful people of the year. He was later inducted into the Atlanta Braves’ Hall of Fame as he was a part of many championship lineups with them. In 2007, The Mitchell Report published an article mentioning the possible use of performance-enhancing drugs, an article that has been denied in the past. Despite this, the report may have been the reason he was ineligible for the MLB Hall of Fame, as he received only one vote, removing him from future discussions.
Life after MLB
After retiring from the sport, Justice was hired for two years by the sports network ESPN, or Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, as a commentator for professional baseball sports broadcasts. After his two-year run there, he transferred to the YES Network, for which he primarily covered the New York Yankees in a studio environment. The network is known for its close ties to the Yankees, being under the same ownership.
He also contributed articles to the network’s website and hosted the “Yankees on Deck” program. He played a significantly smaller role there in 2007, and after his home was destroyed by the California wildfires, he never returned to the network.
In 2011, he was played by actor Stephen Bishop in the movie “Moneyball”, starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. The film is based on the book “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” and tells of the Athletics and their manager Billy Beane who implemented a statistical method to recruit talent, which led 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” movie franchise and most recently appearing in “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”. The couple lived in Sandy Springs, Georgia, and stayed together for four years before separating. They divorced a year later and Berry even filed a restraining order against him.
A few years later, he met businesswoman Rebecca Villalobos, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Exotic Spices Calendars company. The two married in 2001 and have three children together. The family was featured in an episode of “Celebrity Wife Swap” in which his wife developed an interest in acting.
|First and last name||David Justice|
|Net value||$40 million|
|Salary||$7 million a year|
|Date of birth||April 14, 1966|
|Profession||Actor, baseball player|
|Education||Thomas More College|
|Husband||Rebecca Villalobos, Halle Berry|
|Children||Dionisio Justice, Raquel Justice, David Justice Jr.|
|Parents||Nettie Justice, Robert Justice|
|1||Announced his retirement from baseball. [January 2003]|
|2||Ex-brother-in-law of Heidi Berry.|
|3||Named after Baseball Digest magazine’s 1990 Rookie All-Star Team.|
|4||Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.|
|5||The New York Yankees obtain justice from the Cleveland Indians for OF Ricky Ledee and two players to be named (June 29, 2000).|
|6||The New York Mets send Justice and $1.2 million to the Oakland Athletics for Ps Mark Guthrie and Tyler Yates (December 14, 2001).|
|7||The New York Mets send 3B Robin Ventura to the New York Yankees for Justice (December 7, 2001)|
|8||The Atlanta Braves send Justice and CF Marquis Grissom to the Cleveland Indians for CF Kenny Lofton and reliever Alan Embree (March 25, 1997).|
|9||ML debut: May 24, 1989|
|10||Announced his retirement. In 1,610 regular season games with the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, and Oakland Athletics, Justice had 1,571 hits, including 305 homers with 1,017 RBI for a batting average of .279 (February 6, 2003)|
|11||MVP of the 2000 American League Championship Series|
|12||1990 National League Rookie of the Year (November 6, 1990)|
|13||Hit 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 lone run of the game and the only run needed by pitcher Tom Glavine, as he pitched a complete game, one-hit, 1-0 shutout to give the Braves the World Series championship.|
|14||His 112 games, 398 at-bats, 63 RBI and 64 walks (as of 2002) are postseason records.|
|15||He and his wife Rebecca have a son, Dionisio (b. June 7, 2002)|
|16||Wife Rebecca is the founder and owner of the Exotic Spices calendar series.|
|17||Has a son, David Jr. (b. December 27, 1999) with his ex-fiancée, Nicole Foster.|
|18||Hit a 3-run home run to take the lead in Game 6 of the 2000 ALCS to win the series.|
|Motor City masters||2014||TV serials||Himself – Former MLB superstar/guest judge|
|Celebrity wife swaps||2014||TV serials||Himself|
|The submarine||2013||TV Miniseries||Himself|
|Kendra on top||2012||TV serials||Himself – Former MLB player|
|100 years World Series||2003||Video documentary||Himself|
|Baseball on Sunday night||1992-2002||TV serials||Self – Atlanta Braves Right Fielder / Self – Cleveland Indians Designated Hitter / Self / …|
|World Series 2001||2001||TV movie||Himself (New York Yankees Outfielder)|
|2001 American League Championship series||2001||TV serials||Himself – New York Yankees Designated Hitter|
|Official World Series 2000||2000||Video documentary||Himself (New York Yankees Left Fielder)|
|2000 American League Championship series||2000||TV Miniseries||Himself – New York Yankees Left Fielder / Right Fielder|
|ESPN SportsCentury||2000||Documentary about the TV series||Himself|
|1998 American League Championship series||1998||TV Miniseries||Self – Cleveland Indians Designated Hitter / Self – Cleveland Indians Left Fielder|
|1997 American League Championship series||1997||TV serials||Himself – Cleveland Indians Designated Hitter|
|Late Night with Conan O’Brien||1995||TV serials||Himself|
|1995 National League Championship Series||1995||TV serials||Himself – Atlanta Braves Right Fielder|
|Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream||1995||Documentary||Himself (interviews)|
|WWE raw||1995||TV serials||Himself|
|1994 MLB All-Star game||1994||TV special||Himself – NL Right Fielder|
|1993 National League Championship Series||1993||TV serials||Himself – Atlanta Braves Right Fielder|
|1993 MLB All-Star game||1993||TV special||Himself – NL Right Fielder|
|1992 National League Championship Series||1992||TV serials||Himself – Atlanta Braves Right Fielder|
|1991 National League Championship Series||1991||TV serials||Himself – Atlanta Braves Right Fielder|