2010 Inductee

Barry Zito

Barry Zito

Barry Zito went to University of California, Santa Barbara in 1997, where he earned Freshman All-American Honors with 123 strikeouts in 85 innings. In 1998 Barry transferred to Pierce College, where he posted a 2.62 ERA and went 9-2 with 135 strikeouts in 103 innings. He was named to the All-State and All-Conference teams.

He then transferred to the University of Southern California, where he was a first-team All-American selection by USA Today Baseball Weekly, Collegiate Baseball, and Baseball America. With a 12-3 record, a 3.28 ERA, and 154 strikeouts in 113 innings, Barry was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year. He was drafted to the Oakland Athletics in 1998 as the ninth pick overall.

Barry made his major league debut on July 22, 2000, against the Anaheim Angels, where he allowed one run in five innings, and got the win. In 2002, he won the AL Cy Young Award with a 23-5 record, narrowly defeating Pedro Martínez in the voting. Following his seventh season with the A's, Barry signed a seven-year deal with the San Francisco Giants worth $126 million, plus an $18 million option for 2014. His December 29, 2006, contract became the highest for any pitcher in Major League history at the time.

Barry created the charity Strikeouts for Troops, to which he donates $400 for every strikeout he throws. The charity benefits hospitals for soldiers wounded in military operations. Barry has been named to three All-Star Teams in 2002, 2003 and in 2006.