Nelson Ramon Cruz Martínez or famously known as Nelson Cruz is a Dominican baseball player who plays as a right fielder as well as the designated hitter for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB). Previously, he has played for the Seattle Mariners, Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, and Baltimore Orioles.
His baseball stats as of May 2018; his batting average is .276, has recorded 1468 runs, scored 329 career home runs and RBI is 928.
As of 2019, Nelson Cruz has an estimated net worth of $40 million, mostly earned through his MLB career.
Currently, he is under a 1 year / $14,300,000 contract with the Minnesota Twins, including $14,300,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $14,300,000. As per the contract, he will earn a base salary of $14,000,000, while carrying a total salary of $14,000,000 in 2019.
In 2016, he signed a four-year deal with Seattle Mariners which earned him a total of $57 million. In 2013, his annual wage was $10.5 million.
Further, his total MLB career earning is $100,813,340.
Being one of the best-paid players in Baseball scenario in modern times, his net worth is assumed to be above $40 million.
The Silver Slugger Award recipient winner in 2015, Nelson Cruz stands at a height of 6 feet 1 inches and weighs around 104 kg.
In early 2013, he was involved in a drug scandal that led him to be suspended for fifty games by Major League Baseball for the incident.
Nelson Cruz is married to his wife, Solani Genao. The pair got married on December 25 on Christmas day in 2009. The couple is blessed with two children, a daughter, Giada, and son, Nelson Jr.
He is also known for his charity as he donated $20,000 to aid Las Matas de Santa Cruz to purchase a fire truck and also donating two ambulances.
In 2017, he along with teammate Robinson Canó was sent back home after suffering a cold virus attack.
Nelson Cruz is of Dominican Republic nationality. He was born in a scholar family, his both parents were professors.
His father, Nelson Cruz Sr was also a professional baseball player and he has two sisters named Nelsy, and Olga.
As a child, he was more into basketball rather than baseball and cited Michael Jordan as his idol and played in the Dominican Republic Junior National Basketball team.
Besides playing, he also found jobs as a mechanic helper as well as repair and shine shoes.
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He began his professional playing career when he joined the New York Met as a non-free agent and was later traded to Oakland Athletics in 2000.
Cruz was later traded to Milwaukee Brewers in 2004 and made his first appearance against Texas Rangers Team. He was later traded to Texas Rangers.
He was also in the Dominican Republic team that won the gold medal at 2013 San Francisco World Baseball Classic competition.
He recorded his first home run against Willie Eyre team and later on signed a year contract deal with Baltimore Orioles for $ 8 million dollars in 2014.
On January 2, 2019, he was signed by the Minnesota Twins on a one-year contract worth $14.3 million which also includes a $12 million team option for the 2020 season.
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