Javier Baez is a professional baseball player who plays as an infielder for the Major League Baseball Club Chicago Cubs. Born in Puerto Rico, Baez received his high school education in Florida, United States, and after graduating he was drafted by the Cubs in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft with the ninth overall selection. He made his debut in the Major League in August 2014.
Javier Baez helped the Chicago Cubs win the 2016 National League Championship Series and was named co-MVP of the tournament alongside Jon Lester. On an international level, Baez also won the silver medal with the Puerto Rican national team at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Javier Baez Bio (Age)
Ednel Javier Báez was born in Puerto Rico on 1 December 1992. At the age of 13, he moved to Florida, the USA with his mother and siblings. Ednel Javier Báez completed his high school education at the Arlington Country Day School (ACD) in Jacksonville, Florida.
At ACD, Baez’s talents were very obvious, but the scouts doubted that he could become a star player. He had already been billed to play college baseball at the University of Jacksonville before he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the first player draft in 2011.
In his first season, Javier Baez played in the shortstop position for the Arizona Cubs, the Arizona League rookies of the Chicago Cubs. In just 3 games with the Arizona Cubs, Baez scored 3 goals, including 2 doubles in 12 at-bats and 2 stolen bases. He later advanced to the Boise Hawks of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League, where he finished the 2011 season. During the ensuing spring training, Baez played 26 games, scoring 6 doubles and 3 triples, 8 home runs, 28 RBIs, 11 stolen bases, and 23 strikeouts in 94 plateau appearances.
In 2012, Baez made his regular-season debut with the Peoria Chiefs of the Class A Midwest League, earning his promotion to the Daytona Cubs of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League (FSL). He was eventually appointed to the Cubs’ premier league team during the spring training for the 2013 season and finished the spring training with a batting average of 0.298 and 10 RBIs. Báez later returned to the Daytona Cubs at the start of the 2013 season. On 10 June 2013, he became the second player in FSL history to score 4 home runs in a single game. He later moved up to the Southern League Tennessee Smokies, where he finished the 2013 season. Javier Báez was named “Cubs Minor League Player of the Year” and was also named in the FSL and Southern League All-Star Teams.
This guy played for the Iowa Cubs in the 2014 season, but his performance was affected by a number of injuries. He was finally called up to the Major League on August 5, 2014, and his debut against the Colorado Rockies was his first home run in his career. In 2014, he played 52 games with the Cubs and recorded a batting average of 0.169, 9 home runs with 5 stolen bases, 95 strikeouts, and 20 RBIs.
He returned to the Iowa Cubs on March 30, 2015, but his playing time was cut short after the loss of his sister and an injury. In September 2015, he was called back to the Chicago Cubs, where he helped the team advance to the National League Championship Series. Baez remained in top form throughout the 2016 season and also helped the team advance to the 2016 National League Championship Series, beating .318 with five RBIs, four doubles, and two stolen bases when the Cubs became the 2016 National League Champions and also won the 2016 World Cup.
In the 2017 season, Javier Baez averaged .273, scored 23 home runs, 24 doubles, 75 RBIs, 75 scored runs, and 10 stolen bases. In addition to his flourishing MLB career, Baez also enjoyed success with his home country’s baseball team. At the 2017 World Baseball Classic he won the silver medal with the Puerto Rican national team and finished the tournament with a batting average of 0.296, a home run, 5 RBIs, and an unprecedented 4 stolen bases.
His Family and Sister
Javier Baez grew up alongside his sister Noely and his brothers Gadiel and Rolando. Baez and his brothers were introduced to baseball by their father Ángel Luis Báez. However, their father died when Javier was just 11 years old. In 2005, Baez’s mother moved to the United States with the rest of the family.
The move was made in order to provide better medical care for Javier’s sister Noely, who was born with spina bifida. Before moving to the USA, the family visited the USA up to four times a year to receive treatment from Noely Baez. Unfortunately, Noely died in April 2015 at the age of 21. Since then, Javier Baez has initiated and conducted several fundraising campaigns to raise awareness of the disease.
Wife or Girlfriend, Is He Married?
Javier Báez may not be married at the moment, but his days as a single man are definitely numbered. In January 2018, Baez and his long-time girlfriend, Irmarie Marquez announced that they were expecting their first child. On April 11, the couple revealed on Twitter that they had gotten engaged. In December 2018, they plan to enter into a marriage in their home country of Puerto Rico, which will definitely mean a fairy-tale ending for the duo, who have known each other since elementary school.
Javier Baez is known to be a big fan of body ink, as the numerous tattoos, he has on his body prove. According to the Cubs star, he received his first tattoo at the age of 16, and since then there has been no turning back in his quest to acquire more body ink. Although they also serve aesthetic purposes, it is known that each of the tattoos on Baez’s body is a very important concept for him.
At the age of 16, Javier Baez and his brothers had the Major League Baseball logo tattooed on his body. According to the MLB star, this tattoo represents their shared love of baseball. He has also tattooed his late father’s nickname, his mother’s name, his brothers’ names, his late sister’s face, and so many others. Javier Baez also has a huge tattoo on the left delta pattern dedicated to the Cubs’ title in the 2016 World Series.
Javier Baez’s Tattoos
Javier Baez stands at an impressive height of 183 cm (6 feet). He has kept his body weight at an average of 86 kg (190 lb). It can be said that Baez has a very positive body image, as he is never afraid to go shirtless. When he is not showing off his numerous tattoos, he shows off his graceful abs. In June 2017, the Cubs’ star exposed it all when he graced the cover of ESPN Magazine’s Body Issue.