Jason Vargas: biography
In spite of all the problems, conflicts and injuries Jason Vargas has faced in his whole career, he remains one of the best players of the franchise he performs for, shows high stats and earns various precious titles. What do we have to tell about the sportsman? Read his biography below!
Childhood and youth
Jason’s birthplace is Apple Valley. While at a school, Vargas found a passion of his life – baseball. It was his dad who introduced this kind of sport to young Vargas – the man worked as a head coach of the school’s squad.
In 2001 Vargas completed his school education. The same year, he applied for participation in the draft. The Minnesota Twins offered him to join them, but he denied and entered a college. While performing for its baseball team, Vargas’ run average was evaluated at 3.43.
In 2004 he took part in the draft again. His skills were noticed by the Florida Marlins, and the sportsman joined the franchise. In 2004, in sum, he started nine matches. He received a title of a player of the month several times. That year was closed with his debut record of 3-1 and 18 batters.
Moreover, Jason was included in the list of the ten best baseball players in 2005. In 2005 he got to the major leagues. He started six matches, and his run average was evaluated at 0.70 performing for Greensboro. Later, he advanced to Jupiter starting eight fights, making 60 batters and scoring a 3-2 record. He was a leader among his teammates in all the aspects.
Later that year he returned to the Marlins as a substitution of their injured player. Vargas faced the Arizona Diamondbacks and led his squad to a victory. August brought him a winning match with the Dodgers. The season 2005 was closed with a 6-6 record and 4.04 ERA in 15 fights (Vargas started 12 of them).
The following year, Jason Vargas was used as a starter in five games, scored a 3-2 record and 6. 44 ERA in 13 fights.
Fall 2006 was marked by Jason Vargas’ trade to the New York Mets. That season brought him a 4-3 record and a 4.50 ERA. Mets’ authorities, including Mickey Callaway, called his stats ‘not impressing.’
In April, Vargas got injured and was ruled out for a couple of weeks. He returned to playing only in the middle of May facing the Chicago Cubs. Later, the sportsman fought against the Colorado Rockies.
Vargas was out of games the whole following season because of a severe injury. He underwent surgery and was advised to avoid physical activities. As a result, the Mets decided to get rid of the player trading him to the Seattle Mariners.
In fall 2009, he returned to playing and advanced to the major league. Totally, he took part in 25 matches starting 10 of them, making a 4-7 record and a 5.83 ERA.
Jason happened to be a really precious player in the team’s history. In 2010, the sportsman started 15 games, registered a 7-3 record, and a 3,77 ERA – the highest stats among his colleagues. The following season brought him 11-14 record with a 5.36 ERA in 29 starts.
At the beginning of 2012, Jason signed a $5 million contract with the squad. Jason Vargas spent the following season with a new team - the Los Angeles Angels. He recorded a 10-7 season with a 5.03 ERA, started 25 matches.
November 2013 was marked by Vargas’ deal with the Kansas City Royals. Playing under No. 3 on his jersey, the player made the high result of 4.80 ERA, having started 29 fights.
In the match with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the sportsman got an injury and had to leave the field. Subsequently, he was ruled out for a half a year. As for the season 2015, Vargas scored a 4-1 record and a 4.03 ERA. So, Vargas could get back to playing only in September 2016.
He succeeded to spend the whole 2017 year without health problems. The season was closed with a 17-10 record and a 5.11 ERA. He was the best franchise’s player in all the aspects again.
The year 2018 is the year of Vargas’ returning to his previous squad the Mets – they concluded a $17 million contract. In March, the sportsman got injured and couldn’t take part in matches till summer.
In June 2019 he was mixed up with a serious scandal – he was accused of threatening a reporter Tim Healey and pushing him and got fined.
In July, the player was transmitted to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Jason Vargas’ net worth is estimated at $13 million.
As for Jason Vargas’ personal life, he is married to the woman named Shelly. The two got acquainted as teenagers and tied the knot in 2010.
They are parents for three kids. Generally, Shelly brings them up cause Jason is very busy with his sports career. The man transmitted the love for sports to the children.
Achievements and awards
- According to the ESPN, Jason Vargas’ career earnings include the following titles:
- All-Star (2017)
- AL wins leader (2017)