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Jacoby Ellsbury

Jacoby Ellsbury is a former professional baseball player. Jacoby Ellsbury played from the center fielder position for the Boston Red Sox(2007-2013) and New York Yankees(2014-2017) in Major League Baseball(MLB).

Early Life

On the 11th of September 1983, Jacoby Ellsbury was born in Madras, Oregon, in the United States of America. His birth name is Jacoby McCabe Ellsbury and holds American nationality. He is currently 40 years old and has a birth sign of Virgo. Additionally, he belongs to the American-Indian ethnicity and has his belief in Christianity religion.

His parents’ names are Jim Ellsbury(father) and Margie Ellsbury(mother). By profession, his father worked as a forester for the “Bureau of Indian Affairs” while his mother was a descendant of the 19th-century tribal leader Granado Mucho. He was the eldest among his other three siblings; Spencer, Tyler, and Matt. Further, he had an interest in sports since he was a child, and he even played in the Little League with teammates three years his senior.

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Caption: Jacoby Ellsbury with his parents (Source: Wicked Local)

Jacoby Ellsbury – Education

In terms of his academics, he attended Madras High School, where he lettered in five sports. Additionally, he finished his football career with nine interceptions and six touchdown kickoff returns. Later, he attended Oregon State University, where he was a first-team Baseball America All-American and Pac-10 Conference Co-Player of the Year.

Professional Career

Minor leagues

Jacoby Ellsbury was picked up by the Boston Red Sox in the  1st round of the 2005 MLB draft. On July 14, 2005, he made his professional minor league debut against the Lowell Spinners. Baseball America ranked him as the sixth-best prospect entering the 2006 season. On July 12, 2006, he was named to the Carolina League All-Star team.

He got promoted to the Class AA Eastern League’s Portland Sea Dogs. The Red Sox even named him Minor League Defensive Player of the Year and Baserunner of the Year. On June 30, 2007, he made his MLB debut as a center fielder against the Texas Rangers.

Boston Red Sox

In September 2007, he was named MLB’s American League Rookie of the Month. Moreover, he started Game 6 of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) against the Cleveland Indians in 2007. After the Red Sox won the World Series, he won his first career championship with them. Baseball America ranked Ellsbury as the 13th-best prospect in baseball during the 2008 season.

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Caption: Jacoby Ellsbury hitting the ball (Source: The Spokesman-Review)

On April 22, 2008, he had his first career multi-home run game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In MLB.com’s annual This Year in Baseball Awards, he was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. He collided with one of the players on April 11, 2010, resulting in hairline fractures to four of his left ribs. Moreover, he was unable to play for the rest of the 2010 season.

After a win over the New York Yankees on September 25, 2011, this player became the first member of the Boston Red Sox to join the 30-30 club. On August 28, 2013, he suffered another compression fracture after fouling a ball off his right foot during a game against the Orioles. He became a free agent for the first time in his career on October 31, 2013, when his contract expired.

New York Yankees

Ellsbury got signed with the New York Yankees on the 7th of December 2013. Moreover, he hit 271 for the Yankees in his first season, with 16 home runs and 39 stolen bases. On April 22, 2016, he made a straight steal of home against Matt Moore, becoming the first Yankee to do so since Chris Young. Additionally, he hit his 100th career home run against the Orioles on April 28, 2017.

Ellsbury, on the other hand, suffered another injury and was placed on the injured list. He missed the 2018 season after suffering a right oblique strain, being diagnosed with a hip ailment, and undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. Additionally, he began the 2019 season on the 10-day injured list with a foot injury, which was later revealed to be plantar fasciitis and a shoulder injury. The Yankees released him on November 20, 2019.


In his successful baseball career, he has won several awards and accomplishments. “2× World Series champion” (2007, 2013), “AL Rookie of the Month” (September 2007), “Red Sox rookie single-season stolen bases record” (2008), “AL stolen base leader” (2008), “All-time Red Sox single-season stolen bases record” (2009), “MLB stolen base leader” (2009),  “AL Comeback Player of the Year” (2011), “All-Star” (2011), “all-time Red Sox single game stolen base record” (2013) and “MLB stolen base leader” (2013) are some accomplishments during his playing career.

Net Worth 2024

Through his baseball career, he has earned a huge sum of money and lives a lavishing lifestyle. Moreover, his net worth is estimated at around $50 million while his earnings and salary are still under review.

Relationship Status

Jacoby Ellsbury

Caption: Jacoby Ellsbury with his family (Source: Instagram)

In December 2012, Jacoby married Kelsey Hawkins. With the relationship, the couple has two daughters; Emery and Crew. The family is living happily in Oregon. Moreover, he also became one of the victims of the $8 billion fraud perpetrated by wealth manager, Allen Standford. In 2010, he released a Zinfandel wine called ZinfandEllsbury through Charity Wines, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting various charities.

Body Measurements

Jacoby Ellsbury

Caption: Jacoby Ellsbury posing for a photo (Source: Instagram)

This former baseball player stands 6 feet 1 inch tall (1.85 m) and weighs around 88 kg. Moreover, he has a pair of brown eyes with black hair color, and his other body measurements are still unknown.

Jacoby Ellsbury – Social Media

On his Instagram page ‘@jacobyellsbury’ there are over 38.5k followers. Likewise, there are over 243.7k followers on his Twitter page ‘@JacobyEllsbury’ and over 4.5k followers on his Facebook page.