Nick Swisher is a well-known professional baseball right fielder. Swisher is also the first baseman of America. His full name is Nicholas Thompson Swisher. He is also known as a left-handed switch hitter and a free agent.
Before starting his professional career, Swisher played college baseball for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Outlined by the 2002 MLB Draft, he made his MLB debut with the Athletics in 2004 and was selected as a rookie in 2005. He signed with the Cleveland Indians before the 2013 season. He has been a part of several clubs like Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Chicago Whitesox, Cleveland Indians. In 2015, he was signed up for Atlanta Braves. The Braves however relieved him on March 27, 2016 due to subpar performance.
Early life and background
Nick Swisher was born on November 25, 1980 in Columbus, Ohio. He is the son of Steve Swisher, former MLB catcher, and an Italian mother, Lillian Marie Malizia. At the age of 11, Swisher witnessed the divorce of his parents. His Grandparents in Parkersburg, West Virginia took charge and raised him during his teenage years.
Swisher was also involved in playing football and basketball while studying in the Parkersburg High School. He was known as a letter man in basketball. He was appointed by many Divisions I-A football programs, but chose to pursue baseball.
After completing High School, he joined Ohio University as it was the only colleges to enlist him for baseball. He was acknowledged as the Big Ten Freshman of the year 2000 while playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes baseball team in the Big Ten conference. He achieved All-Big Ten honors as an outfielder in the year 2002.
After achieving fame, he was selected by the Oakland Athletics with the Boston Red Sox first round pick in 2002. He made his professional debut with the Vancouver Canadians of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League in the same year. In 2003 he started playing with the Modesto A’s, Oakland’s new California League affiliate.
In 2008, Nick was traded to the Chicago White Sox but for his poor offensive play, the manager benched him for almost the entire September. But later he was included in the postseason roster for the white sox.
In 2015 he has been traded by the Indians along with Michael Bourn to the Atlanta Braves for Chris Johnson. Atlanta Braves released him in 2016, despite paying him $15 million for the 2016 season.
Nick Swisher – Wife
In 2009, an American weekly magazine named “People” reported that he was dating Joanna Garcia, an American actress. They became engaged in May 2010 and decided to get married. They got married on December 2010. They have one three years old daughter named Emerson Jay Swisher.
Nick Swisher – Net Worth and Salary
Nick Swisher’s earns $15 million as annual salary ($10 million from Atlanta Braves and $5 million from Cleveland Indians). Nick Swisher’s base salary is $7,500,000. With Cleveland Indians, he had signed up a $56 contract in 2013. Nick Swisher has a net worth of $60 million.
Nick Swisher – House
Just a few weeks later Nick and Joanna disclosed news about their engagement in the year 2010, Nick invested in a house in Joanna’s hometown of Tampa, Florida. Situated in Aliva Golf and Country Club community, their well constructed house obtains a price tag of $2,957,500. The Mediterranean-styled house has five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and four half, marble and wood floors. The house also includes swimming pool and outdoor fireplace. Apart from this residence, Nick also possesses a luxury condo in Scottsdale, Arizona. He purchased this condo in October, 2008.