October 17, 1974 |
|May 5, 1998, for the Atlanta Braves|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 14, 2003, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Earned run average||3.42|
John Loy Rocker (born October 17, 1974) is a retired Atlanta.
- Baseball career 1
- Controversial statements 2.1
- Steroid use 2.2
- Movie and television appearances 3
- Other media activity 4
- See also 5
- References 6
- External links 7
John Rocker was a pitcher for
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube
- "Call this school Rockerville: BATTLE OF THE DECADE: BRAVES VS. YANKEES , The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 26, 1999. Accessed November 8, 2007. "In Jim Turner's worn leather wallet is a ticket stub from John Rocker's first game in a Braves uniform, from spring training on March 1, 1998. "I carry it around just to remind me that dreams can happen," says Turner, Rocker's old high school baseball coach at First Presbyterian Day School."
- "Braves Pitcher John Rocker Demoted to Minors, Fined After Threatening Reporter At Atlanta Game".
- Hermoso, Rafael (June 23, 2001). "Braves Trade Rocker To Indians". The New York Times.
- Aron, Jamie (December 18, 2001). "Indians trade John Rocker to Texas". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
- "Rangers Decide to Release Rocker". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. October 2, 2002. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
- Barrabi, Thomas (August 28, 2014). Survivor' 2014 Cast: Ex-MLB Pitcher John Rocker To Appear On Show After Racist Comments"'". International Business Times. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
- "Long Island Ducks release John Rocker".
- Costello, Brian (April 14, 2005). "I AM A BETTER MAN – ROCKER SAYS HE’S MATURED SINCE ’99 TRASHING OF APPLE". New York Post. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
- "Rocker to N.Y.: Bury hatchet". Chicago Tribune. April 15, 2005. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
- "Rocker spews hate in this week's SI".
- "Rocker rankles fans, retires Mets." ESPN.com.
- "Rocker Sorry for Remarks".
- "Rocker Rocks The Boat Again".
- "Report: Rocker calls sensitivity training a 'farce'". ESPN.com. June 26, 2006.
- Leitch (December 13, 2006). "John Rocker interview". Deadspin.
- Rocker, John. "Emulate Alex Jones". World Net Daily. World Net Daily. Retrieved January 14, 2013.
- "Two more arraigned in nationwide steroids probe". ESPN.com. March 6, 2007
- Silva, Mike (December 12, 2011). "John Rocker on New Book, the Mets, Bud Selig, Steroids, and Politics". Mike Silva's NY Baseball Digest. Archived from the original on July 17, 2013.
- Walker, Jodi (2014-08-27). Survivor' casts John Rocker, Spider-Man actor, Amazing Race alums | Inside TV | EW.com"'". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved 2014-12-18.
- Gavin, Patrick (July 16, 2012). "John Rocker is still throwing heat".
- Bennett, John (June 4, 2013). "John Rocker goes to bat for veterans". WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- Tampa Bay Rays all-time roster
- List of Major League Baseball players named in the Mitchell Report
- Eastbound & Down
In December 2011, Rocker released his autobiography, Scars and Strikes. As of 2012, he writes a column for WorldNetDaily, a conservative political site. As of 2013, he is director of public affairs for Save Homeless Veterans.
Other media activity
In August 2014 it was announced that Rocker would appear on the 29th season of the competitive reality series Survivor alongside his girlfriend Julie McGee. He was the third person voted out, finishing in 16th place after he became the center of negative attention. He was immediately recognized by some of the other players who were aware of his controversial statements. He was voted out of the game with an immunity idol in his pocket on Day 8. McGee made it to the merge phase of the game, but quit in 12th place after suffering an emotional breakdown, citing the negativity surrounding Rocker earlier in the game as one of the multiple reasons that she decided to withdraw from the competition.
Rocker made his screen-acting debut in the 2002 horror comedy The Greenskeeper as a murderous golf-club groundskeeper.
Movie and television appearances
In March 2007, Rocker was implicated in a steroid ring that included Applied Pharmacy of Mobile, Alabama. In December 2011, he admitted to using steroids, saying "Yeah, of course I was [using steroids]. I mean who wasn't? Let’s be honest here, who wasn't?"
Absolute certainties are a rare thing in this life, but one I think can be collectively agreed upon is the undeniable fact that the Holocaust would have never taken place had the Jewish citizenry of Hitler's Germany had the right to bear arms and defended themselves with those arms.
In late 2006, Rocker was interviewed by the popular sports blog, Deadspin along with fitness model and then-girlfriend Alicia Marie. In the interview, Rocker discussed his "Speak English" campaign, as well as his upcoming book, Rocker: Scars & Strikes. Rocker stated that the book will not be used to try to repair his reputation, but will rather be "more conservative Republican rantings." Also during the interview, Rocker lambasted John Schuerholz, his former general manager with the Braves, calling him "a piece of shit."
"This is a free country. If he wants to use a lewd term, he should be able to use a lewd term", Rocker told the Chicago Tribune. "Can't you use a lewd term in America if you want"? Referring to sensitivity training, he was quoted as saying: "It was a farce, a way for the scared little man, Bud Selig, to get people off his ass". Rocker stated that when he attended mandatory sensitivity training he would seldom remain longer than 15 minutes. He also claimed he never paid the $500 fine that was levied against him.
In June 2006, Rocker defended former teammate Ozzie Guillen, at the time the manager of the Chicago White Sox, for referring to Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist Jay Mariotti as a "fag". Guillen, a native of Venezuela, claimed it was not a derogatory term and that, in Venezuela, the term only questions another man's courage rather than his sexual orientation.
In 2002, while with the Rangers, Rocker again made national headlines for his views after directing slurs towards patrons of a Dallas restaurant at which he was dining, located in the heavily LGBT-populated neighborhood of Oak Lawn.
Although Rocker later apologized after speaking with Braves legend and Atlanta mayor and congressman Andrew Young, he continued to make controversial remarks. For his comments, he was suspended without pay for the remainder of spring training and the first 28 games of the 2000 season, which on appeal was reduced to 14 games (without a spring-training suspension).
Nowhere else in the country do people spit at you, throw bottles at you, throw quarters at you, throw batteries at you and say, 'Hey, I did your mother last night — she's a whore.' I talked about what degenerates they were and they proved me right.
During the interview, he also spoke of his opinion of the New York Mets and their fans:
I'd retire first. It's the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the 7 Train to the ballpark looking like you're riding through Beirut next to some kid with purple hair, next to some queer with AIDS, right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time, right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It's depressing... The biggest thing I don't like about New York are the foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?
For a story published in the December 27, 1999 issue of Sports Illustrated, Rocker made a number of allegations stemming from his experiences in New York City and answering a question about whether he would ever play for the New York Yankees or the New York Mets.
He took the 2004 season off to recover from surgery on his left shoulder. In 2005, he signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League. In April 2005, he asked New Yorkers to "bury the hatchet." After going 0–2 with a 6.50 ERA in 23 games, he was released on June 27, 2005.
Braves fans were initially willing to support him; however, as Rocker received intense taunting from opposing teams' fans, his pitching performance declined. On June 23, 2001, Rocker, along with minor-league infielder Troy Cameron (Atlanta's first-round draft pick in 1997), was traded to the Cleveland Indians for right-handed relievers Steve Karsay and Steve Reed, along with cash. In Cleveland, his record that year was 3–7 with a 5.45 ERA and four saves. Rocker also played that year for the Indians in the ALDS against the Seattle Mariners. The following year, the Indians traded him to the Texas Rangers for pitcher David Elder. In Texas, he refused designation to the minor leagues. In 2002, he again struggled at 2–3 with a 6.66 ERA and was released. In 2003, Rocker signed with Tampa Bay but was released after two appearances and an ERA of 9.00.
In 1998, he was promoted to the major league club. In Rocker's first season in the Major Leagues, he was 1–3 with a 2.13 ERA in 38 innings pitched. The following year, an injury put Atlanta closer Kerry Ligtenberg on the DL, moving Rocker into the role of closer, where he was 4–5 with 38 saves and a 2.49 ERA. In 2000, he was 1–2 with 24 saves, posting a 2.89 ERA, but in June 2000, Rocker was demoted for threatening a reporter.