Josh Beckett showed his special talent even during his early age. Baseball was his life from the time he could walk. He was the feature attraction during the North 45 Little League All Stars, one of Texas’ top teams as a pitcher, outfielder and first baseman. As a little boy, Josh liked Ryan and Roger Clemens who are also from Texas. He idolized them and when he was in elementary school, Josh would write on homemade cards of his desire to play in the majors.
Josh Beckett studied at the Spring High School. Even though everyone thought that he would go pro a year before graduation, he stayed and spent his season in Spring High uniform. He was selected by USA Today as the high school Pitcher of the Year.
At 19 years old, Josh already had the looks and body of a major leaguer. He was 6-4 and close to 200 pounds. The only flaw against the teenager was that he was cocky, he even predicted that he would be an All Star by year 2001.
But not all teams were turned off by Josh arrogance. On September 1, 1999 , Florida Marlins picked Josh Beckett to play in their team for four years at $7 million with a signing bonus of almost $4million dollars. Josh played for the Florida Marlins from 2002 to 2005.
On November 24, 2005, Josh Beckett, together with Mike Lowell and Guillermo Mota, was traded to the Boston Red Sox.
Here are Josh Beckett’s awards and honors.
- 2001 Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year
- 2003 Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the World Series Championship, Babe Ruth Award
- 2007 Red Sox’s Pitcher of the Year, All- Star MLB.Com Starter of the Year and American League Championship Series MVP
- 2009 All- Star Player of the Week and selected to be Boston’s representative in the All Star Games
Josh Becket had several injuries while pitching up from 2011 to 2013. As a young baseball pitcher with a net worth of forty million dollars (US$40M) , it’s unfortunate to know that his pitching days may be over as he has been repeatedly in the disabled list and surgery during the seasosn are extremely necessary.