John Rocker Biography

John Rocker is a retired American baseball player. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family, personal life, career, and achievements.

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Birthday: October 17, 1974

Nationality: American

Famous: Baseball Players American Men

Age: 45 Years, 45 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Libra

Born in: Statesboro, Georgia

Famous as: Baseball Player

Height: 6'4" (193 cm), 6'4" Males


father: Jake Rocker

mother: Judy Rocker

U.S. State: Georgia

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education: First Presbyterian Day School, Mercer University

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John Rocker is a retired American baseball player who represented teams like ‘Atlanta Braves’ and ‘Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ in ‘Major League Baseball’ (MLB). Rocker’s baseball career was overshadowed by his controversial statements. In 1999, his rude comments about the people of New York City were published by ‘Sports Illustrated’ magazine. In 2011, he admitted to using steroids during the 2007 steroid ring which involved ‘Applied Pharmacy.’ He also claimed that many others were using steroids at the time. After his retirement from baseball, Rocker started focusing on his television career, appearing in series and documentaries. In 2014, he competed in ‘CBS’ network’s reality television series ‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur’ along with his girlfriend Julie McGee. He has also published an autobiography titled ‘Scars and Strikes.’

Childhood & Early Life
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Baseball Career
  • In 1999, Atlanta Braves’ closing pitcher Kerry Ligtenberg was placed on the injured list which gave John Rocker the opportunity to take up the role of his team’s closing pitcher. Though he was impressive as a closing pitcher, he was demoted in June 2000 for threatening a reporter.
  • Rocker’s controversies off the field started affecting his performances. On June 23, 2001, ‘Atlanta Braves’ traded Rocker and an infielder named Troy Cameron with the ‘Cleveland Indians.’ In the same year, he represented the ‘Cleveland Indians’ against the ‘Seattle Mariners’ in the ‘American League Division Series.’
  • In 2002, ‘Cleveland Indians’ traded him to the ‘Texas Rangers.’ He was subsequently released by ‘Texas Rangers’ after a series of poor performances. The following year, he was signed by the ‘Tampa Bay Devil Rays.’ However, he was released by ‘Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ after a couple of appearances.
  • Rocker missed the 2004 season with a shoulder injury. In 2005, he was signed by the ‘Long Island Ducks’ of the ‘Atlantic League of Professional Baseball’ (ALPB). He was released by the ‘Long Island Ducks’ on June 27, 2005, after having represented the ‘ALPB’ team in 23 games.
Acting & TV Career
  • John Rocker made his acting debut in 2002 when he was cast to play a murderous golf-club groundskeeper named George Anderson in the horror-comedy film ‘The Greenskeeper.’ In 2006, he made guest appearances in TV series, such as ‘Pros vs. Joes’ and ‘Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith.’ In 2008, he appeared as himself in a TV series documentary titled ‘Penn & Teller: Bullshit!’
  • Rocker became popular as a television personality when he took part in ‘CBS’ network’s famous reality television series ‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur’ in 2014. He appeared alongside his girlfriend Julie McGee before he was voted out on the eighth day of the competition. Though McGee moved ahead in the competition, she quit on the eighteenth day after suffering an emotional breakdown. In 2018, Rocker appeared in a TV movie titled ‘Outside the Perimeter: The John Rocker Incident.’
Personal Life & Controversies
  • Rocker’s discourteous comments about the people of New York City were published on December 27, 1999 by ‘Sports Illustrated’ magazine. When he was asked if he would play for the ‘New York Mets’ or the ‘New York Yankees,’ he replied by saying that New York City is a hectic and nerve-wracking city. He also criticized the presence of foreigners in the city and complained about the growing population of Asians, Spaniards, and Russians in the city.
  • During his interview with ‘Sports Illustrated,’ he also criticized fans of ‘New York Mets,’ accusing them of throwing bottles, quarters, and batteries at players. His comments irked many including the commissioner of baseball Bud Selig who suspended Rocker for the first 28 games of the season. The suspension term was later reduced to 14 games.
  • In June 2006, Rocker was criticized for defending Ozzie Guillén who had used a derogatory term against a sports columnist named Jay Mariotti. Rocker said that America is a free country and that people should be allowed to use lewd terms if they want to. In the same year, he used a derogatory term against his former general manager John Schuerholz during an interview with the sports news and blog website ‘Deadspin.’
  • Rocker was implicated in a steroid ring in March 2007. In December 2011, he admitted to using steroids during the 2007 season. Moreover, he questioned the integrity of other players as well. Rocker was involved in many controversies throughout his sports career, so much so that his career was overshadowed by his off-field controversies.
  • Rocker made headlines again in 2016 when he sued a company called ‘Partnership Liquidity Investors.’ He is currently involved in various real estate ventures and also works as a columnist for a website named ‘WorldNetDaily’ (WND).

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