Harrison Bader is an American professional baseball player. He is the center fielder for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. Previously he played for the St. Louis Cardinals in MLB. The Cardinals selected Harrison in the third round of the 2015 MLB draft.
In the 2015 College World Series, Harrison was named to the All-Tournament Team after batting .348 in five games. On 25th July 2017, Harrison made his MLB debut with the St. Louis Cardinals as a right-handed outfielder.
In 2021, Harrison won a Gold Glove Award. He also hit the first inside-the-park home run for the Cardinals in 2022, even since 1985. Further, during his time with the Cardinals, he was partnered with Sonic Drive-In to sell “Bader Tots” at participating St. Louis area locations.
Harrison Bader Debut Major League Game With New York Yankees
On 20th September 2022, Tuesday night was Harrison Bader’s debut major league game with the New York Yankees and his appearance against Luis Ortiz, who drove in a run from Oswaldo Cabrera. On 2nd August 2022, the Cardinals traded Harrison to the New York Yankees for pitcher Jordan Montgomery.
Harrison last appeared on 26th June and was on the 60-day injured list with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. In the match, he said it would be a special night for him and his family, as he is a native New Yorker and grew up near Yankee Stadium.
Harrison played his first game on Tuesday night in pinstripes against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He batted seventh and played center field, and recorded two go-ahead singles.
When the Yankees acquired Harrison, Brian Cashman (general manager) said that he believed it was a trade worth making, even though the center fielder was not expected to play until the end of the season.
Harrison Bader Early Life:
Harrison Joseph Bader was born on 3rd June 1994. His birthplace is Bronxville, Eastchester, New York. Currently, he is 28, and his nickname is Tots. He is a pet lover and has a pet dog.
Harrison has a mixed ethnicity, as his father is Jewish, and his mother is Italian (Sicilian). Both parents are initially from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
At age five, he started his baseball base with his father by throwing batting practice and playing shortstop in Little League as a youth in his hometown Eastchester. He grew up as a fan of the New York Yankees, and Roger Maris was his favorite player.
Harrison Bader Family Background:
Harrison’s father, Louis, is the lead counsel for Verizon in New York, and Janice is his mother. Further, he has a younger sister, Sasha, who is close to him, and both are often seen together on social media posts.
Harrison is the first cousin of Chris Baio (Vampire Weekend bassist), and from his mother’s side, actor Scott Baio is also his first cousin.
Harrison Bader Education:
Harrison attended the Horace Mann School in Riverdale, New York City, and played as a center fielder for the school’s baseball team. As a senior, with his score of .500 with a .783 slugging percentage, he achieved the first-team all-region, first-team all-city, first-team all-state, and to the 2012 Rawlings Northeast All-Region First Team. While attending high school, he played for the New York Grays.
In October 2011, Harrison committed to play for the Panthers baseball team at the University of Pittsburgh. However, he could not sign the National Letter of Intent, de-committed from Pittsburgh, and committed to the University of Maryland to play for the Terrapins. Further, Maryland did not offer him a scholarship. In July, Harrison de-committed from Maryland and committed to the University of Florida as Florida offered him a partial scholarship, and he played for the Gators.
Harrison Bader Physical stats:
Harrison stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 88 kg. His appearance is a well-built, athletic physique, and he regularly exercises to keep his body fit for the game. Harrison has an impressive defense, speed, and exceptional defensive abilities on the field.
Apart from this, Harrison has a beautiful pair of crystal green eyes and blonde curly hair to enhance his attractive facial features.
Harrison Bader Birth Signs:
Harrison’s sun and star sign are Gemini, and his birth flower is Rose. Further, his birth sign modality and element is Mutable Air. Harrison’s birth duality is Assertive, and his opposite sign is Sagittarius.
Harrison Bader Net worth:
In April 2022, Harrison signed a two-year $10.4 million contract extension with the St. Louis Cardinals. He is one of the highest-paid fielders on his team, and his salary comes to around 5.2 Million Dollars (4.7 Million Euros) per year.
If we go through his career incomes, he has earned above $3.7 million in his career. Harrison’s estimated net worth is $3 million.
Harrison Bader Relationship Status:
Harrison is not in any relationship and is currently single.
Harrison Bader Career:
Harrison started his baseball career in his high school days. He was a player on the school’s baseball team and also played for the New York Grays simultaneously. In October 2011, at the University of Pittsburgh, Harrison played for the Pittsburgh Panthers baseball team to compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). However, in May 2012, he quit Pittsburgh and could not sign the National Letter of Intent. After the Panthers, Harrison joined the University of Maryland and played for the Terrapins.
Further, Maryland did not offer any scholarship options to Harrison, so he walked out in July, signed up with the University of Florida to accept a partial scholarship, and played for the Gators. As a freshman, he helped the Gators with a .312 batting average, and as a sophomore, with a .337. Later in 2014, Harrison was suspended for 19 games after a drunk driving accident in his sophomore year.
In 2015, Harrison played 67 games and batted .297, and as a junior, recording 17 home runs and 66 RBIs. After his performance, scored batted .348 in only five games, Harrison was appointed to the All-Tournament Team in the 2015 College World Series.
Further, Harrison was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the third round of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft. And he signed a contract with them, receiving $400,000 as a signing bonus. Harrison made his professional debut with the Cardinal’s minor league Class –the State College Spikes ( a Short Season affiliate team). During his debut game with the Spikes, he recorded two home runs. In July, the Cardinals promoted him to a Class-A Midwest League (MWL) team, the Peoria Chiefs.
Harrison received the MWL Player of the Week for August after recording .448 hits in seven games, six RBIs, two home runs, two triples, and one double. He also recorded 11 home runs, 13 doubles, 32 RBIs, and 17 stolen bases in 61 games he played for State College and Peoria.
In the 2016 season, he played for the Springfield Cardinals of the Texas League, titled the Class AA Minor League Baseball (MiLB) team. In the Texas League mid-season All-Star Game, he was named an outfielder after scoring four hits with a double and a run.
On 6th July 2016, Harrison was promoted to the Triple-A affiliate of the Cardinals (the Memphis Redbirds). Baseball America rated him in the top 100, ranking 89th in their updated 2016 mid-season ranking. Harrison finished the 2016 season recording 131 games with a combined .267 hits with the Memphis and Springfield, recording 58 RBIs and 19 home runs.
Because of his creditable games, the MLB Pipeline gave Harrison the Cardinals 2016 Minor League Player of the Year title. After the season-end, the Cardinals promoted him to an off-season league owned and operated by the Major Baseball League named the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League (AFL).
The following season, Harrison re-joined the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. And on 25th July 2017, the Cardinals promoted him to the major leagues to replace injured Dexter Fowler. In addition, Harrison played 97 total games for Memphis before his promotion, recording .297 hits with 19 home runs and 48 RBIs.
The night of his promotion to the major leagues, he played as a center fielder and recorded his major league debut hit and a double by scoring the winning run on a walk-off sacrifice fly.
On 1st September 2017, against Johnny Cueto, Harrison hit a 395-foot shot to left field, helping the Cardinals lead the game over the San Francisco Giants with a victory at AT&T Park. This hit allowed his major league debut home run. Further, the Cardinals awarded Harison their 2017 Minor League Player of the Year.
With a successful year, it was another special moment for Harrison in 2018 when MLB.com ranked him as St Louis’ fifth-best prospect going into the 2018 season. Moreover, on 3rd April, the Cardinals promoted him to the major leagues to replace an injured infielder. Besides, Harrison also became St. Louis’s fourth outfielder after his call-up. Later, when outfielder Tommy Pham was traded, he became the starting center fielder for St. Louis. In the 2018 season, Harrison was ranked fourth among the Major League Baseball outfielders recording 19 Defensive Runs Saved.
Harrison started the 2019 season for the St. Louis Cardinals as a starting center fielder, and he struggled at the plate and was eventually moved into a bench role. Later on 30th July, he was sent back to Memphis. On 20th August, he was called back by the St. Louis Cardinals. Further, after being recalled, he recorded a triple hit and two runs with a walk-off win over the Milwaukee Brewers in his first game.
Besides, with the St. Louis Cardinals by the season’s end, Harrison played 128 games, recording 12 home runs, 11 stolen bases, and 39 RBIs. Later, he appeared in the 2020 short-season as a starting outfielder. Harrison played fifty games and scored 24 hits with 11 RBIs, a .226 average, and four home runs.
Harrison finished the 2021 season with around 103 games with 367 at-bats, slashing .267/.324/.460 with fifty RBIs, 16 home runs, 21 doubles, and nine stolen bases.
Harrison Bader Social Appearance:
Harrison has a profile on Instagram and Twitter. On Instagram, he has more than 180K followers; on Twitter, more than 74.8K fans follow him. Most of his posts are candid matches and practice pictures.
Harrison Bader is an uprising star in the baseball world. With all the hard work, patience, and determination, he has achieved his name and is known as the best player in baseball. We wish him all the best for his new team.