Who is Javier Báez?
Ednel Javier Báez is a professional baseball shortstop from Puerto Rico who plays for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB).
He formerly played for the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets in Major League Baseball. Báez, who was born in Puerto Rico, went to high school in Jacksonville, Florida.
With the ninth overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft, the Cubs picked Báez. He debuted in Major League Baseball in 2014 and spent eight years with the Cubs until being sent to the Mets in 2021.
He became a free agent after the 2021 season and signed a six-year agreement with the Tigers.
As the Chicago Cubs clinched the 2016 National League pennant en route to winning the 2016 World Series, Báez was awarded co-MVP of the National League Championship Series alongside left-handed starter Jon Lester.
He’s a two-time All-Star and the Silver Slugger Award, winner. He’s also on the cover of MLB The Show 20.
Báez, who was born and reared in Puerto Rico, relocated to Florida with his mother and siblings, two brothers and a sister, in 2005. His sister, Noely, needed to relocate in order to receive medical treatment for her spina bifida illness.
The brothers would subsequently immortalize their passion for baseball by obtaining tattoos of the Major League Baseball insignia, which indicated that “baseball has always been a part of [their] life.”
Because he couldn’t speak or understand English fluently as a middle school student, it took time for Báez to adjust.
Báez eventually learned the language through trial and error over a three-year period, memorizing words before understanding their meaning.
In Jacksonville, Florida, Báez attended Arlington Country Day School (ACD). Ron Dickerson, his ACD coach, stated that scouts were originally unimpressed with him, noting his potential but doubting his ability to become a star.
Dickerson noted that Báez’s work ethic was crucial in establishing him as a viable candidate.
How Tall Is Javier Báez?
Javier Báez is 1.83 m tall