Jake Peavy Biography
Jake Peavy (born Jacob Edward Peavy) is a well-known American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in MLB (Major League Baseball) for the San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, and San Francisco Giants. He batted and threw right-handed. Jake won the 2007 NL Cy Young Award while with the Padres after recording the Pitching Triple Crown that year. In 2013, he was traded to the Red Sox and helped them to a World Series title later that season. Later after one year, he was traded to the San Francisco Giants with whom he won another title that season.
He is the second starting pitcher to win two consecutive World Series Championship titles with different teams after Don Gullet, one in each league. Also, he is one of ten players in Major League history to have won back-to-back World Series championship titles on different teams (Joc Pederson, Ben Zobrist, Jack Morris, Bill Skowron, Clem Labine, Don Gullett, Allie Clark, Ryan Theriot, Will Smith). For most of his career, he wore the number 44. When he was traded to the Giants, he took number 43, as 44 was retired in honor of Willie McCovey. After struggling in the middle of the 2014 season, he changed to 22.
Jake Peavy Education
He received his education at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. There, he was named the high school player of the year in the state of Alabama.
Jake Peavy Career
Jake Peavy Draft and Minor Leagues
He was drafted in the 15th round (472nd overall) of the 1999 MLB draft out of high school by the San Diego Padres. He declined an offer to pitch for Auburn University in order to accept the Padres’ contract offer. In 1999, he pitched for the Arizona League Padres and the Idaho Falls Braves, and in 2000 the Fort Wayne Wizards. The following year, he played with the Lake Elsinore Storm and the Mobile BayBears. In the 2002 season, he split between the BayBears and the San Diego Padres.
Jake Peavy San Diego Padres
On June 22, 2002, he was called up from Double-A to make his major league debut, against the New York Yankees at Qualcomm Stadium. However, he lost the game, allowing one run on three hits in six innings while striking out four. In total, he had six wins and seven losses with a 4.52 earned run advantage (ERA) and 90 strikeouts. In his second season, he started 32 games (194.2 IP), with a 4.11 earned run advantage, a 12-11 record, and 156 strikeouts.
That season, the Padres finished last in their division again at a 64-98 record. In 2004, during his third year of Major League experience, he emerged as the Padres’ ace starting pitcher and one of the best pitchers in baseball. On March 5, 2005, he signed a four-year, $14.5 million contract and held a club option for a 2009 extension with the Padres. In that season, he was selected for the National League All-Star team and ended the regular season leading the National League in strikeouts with 216 (in 203 innings). In 2005, the Padres won the National League West, but Jake missed the rest of the season with a broken rib, which he apparently suffered while celebrating.
The following year, he got a rocky start. For the second time in his career, he was named to the 2007 NL All-Star Team on July 1, 2007. That year, he won the pitching Triple Crown, leading the National League with 19 wins, 240 strikeouts, and a 2.54 ERA. He went on to win the Players Choice Award for Outstanding NL Pitcher on October 23. On December 12, 2007, he signed a 4-year extension, worth $52 million with the Padres. At the time of the contract, it was the largest in Padres’ history. The contract also included a $22 million option for 2013. On April 5, 2008, he pitched a two-hit complete game over the Los Angeles Dodgers. During the 2008 offseason, he had been the subject of numerous trade rumors amidst reports that the Padres were looking to reduce salaries and build on young players for the future.
Jake Peavy Chicago White Sox
He agreed to a trade to the Chicago White Sox on July 31, 2009, in a last-minute trade deadline day deal for Clayton Richard, Aaron Poreda, Adam Russel, and Dexter Carter. In his first start for the White Sox, he pitched 5 innings, giving up 3 runs (all earned), and striking out 5, getting the win against the Kansas City Royals. In 2010, he started 2-5 with a 6.05 ERA. He then won five consecutive starts with a 1.99 ERA. While pitching in the second inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on July 6, he injured his right arm and immediately walked out of the field.
On July 14, 2010, he underwent surgery at the Rush University Medical Centre and was thus knocked out for the remainder of the season. As a result of various injuries and fatigue, in 2011 he was limited to only pitching in 19 games. He was awarded the 2012 American League Gold Glove Award. This became the first Golden Glove award of his career. On June 4, 2013, he came out of a game against the Seattle Mariners with a left rib fracture and was placed on the disabled list.
Jake Peavy Boston Red Sox
He was traded to the Boston Red Sox on July 30, 2013, along with Brayan Villarreal in a three-team trade, in which Joe Iglesias went to the Detroit Tigers and Avisail Garcia, J.B. Wendelken, Frankie Montas, and Cleulius Randon went to the White Sox. He had a winning debut on August 3, as the Red Sox defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2. On October 30, 2013, he and his fellow teammates won the World Series. This was Jake’s first World Series win.
Jake Peavy San Francisco Giants
The Boston Red Sox traded him to the San Francisco Giants on July 26, 2014, along with cash considerations for pitching prospects Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree. He lost his first three quality starts as a Giant including a perfect game through 6 1/3 innings. As a result, he switched from the number 43 jersey to number 22 for good luck. He recorded his first career win as a GTiant on August 13, 2014, in a 7-1 home win over Chicago White Sox. On October 3, 2014, he won the first game of the 2014 NLDS against the Washington Nationals. He won his second consecutive World Series ring on October 29, 2014. On December 19, 2014, he agreed to a two-year deal worth $24 million to stay with the Giants.
Jake Peavy’s Later Career
During the 2017 season, he did not pitch in the MLB. In May 2018, he stated an interest in a comeback. On March 5, 2019, he officially announced his retirement. In 2023, he was announced as the new inductee of the San Diego Padres Hall of Fame.
Jake Peavy Age
Jake was born on May 31, 1981, therefore he is 42 years old as of August 2023. He thus celebrates his birthday on May 31st of every year.
Jake Peavy Height
He stands at a height of 6 feet 1 inch (1.85m) tall.
Jake Peavy Family
Peavy was born in Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A. to Danny Peavy (Father) and Debbie Peavy (Mother). He has a brother by the name of Luke Peavy.
Jake Peavy Wife
Jake is very private about his personal life therefore it is not known if he is in any relationship. However, he was previously married to Katie Alford. They got married in 2000, but divorced on November 28, 2017. He has four kids with his ex-wife Katie, four sons namely; Jacob, Wyatt, Judson, and Waylon.
Jake Peavy’s Net Worth
Peavy has a net worth of $48 million which he has earned through being a former professional baseball pitcher.
Jake Peavy Salary
He earns an annual salary of 41 million.
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