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His nickname Axeman, El Oso or Slamtana actually vibrates an echo to baseball fans but beyond all of that, his hair distinguishes him from the rest of the team. Professional baseball player, Carlos Santana plies his trade with the Philadelphia Phillies of the Major League Baseball (MLB) as first baseman and a designated hitter/catcher. At the first glance, one would assume he is of African American origins, but a closer look will reveal the truth which is that he is a Dominican. Fans and critics alike know him as a well-disciplined champ especially going by his favorite slogan ‘discipline and power’.
Carlos Santana’s Bio
Born Carlos Santana on April 8, 1986, in Santo Domingo, the capital of Dominican Republic, the champ’s parents got divorced when he was just fifteen years old. In all, he has seven siblings, five sisters, and two brothers. After their parents’ divorced, the huge responsibility of being the ‘father figure’ fell on teenage Carlos who he began to cater for his siblings and mother at the tender age of fifteen. This was not an easy feat as it made him grow up faster than he should have.
He started out his career in baseball by playing with his neighbors at a time he knew next to nothing about the game. He did not know it at the time, but every little practice improved his skill and taught him things at every point. His skills whilst playing with his neighbors increased and it made him a good hitter.
Carlos’ love and high regards for his mom have never been hidden. After he got signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, he received a bonus worth $75,000, from which he bought her a house. He sees her as a priority and doesn’t play around her.
Santana started his baseball career in 2005 when he got signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2005. He began with their rookie-level minor league affiliate; the Gulf Coast Dodgers where he played a total of 32 games batting an amazing .295 times.
He made his first professional debut with the Cleveland Indians after the Dodgers traded him alongside John Meloan for Casey Blake in 2008. He came in as a catcher in the year 2010 and with Cleveland series, he got into the World Series. He won a gold medal in 2013 in the World Baseball Classic and was named Cleveland’s top Prospect in both 2009 and 2010.
He received the ‘Lou Boudreau Award in 2009 as a Minor league player but joined the major league on June 11, 2010, when he had .316 with 13 home runs and 51 RBI in 57 games playing with the Triple-A-Columbus Clippers. He beat Jim Norris record in 1977 by being the first Tribe player to debut hitting third.
Carlos experienced his first injury which ended his rookie year in 2010. He dislocated his left knee in a game at Fenway Park while defending home plate against Boston Red Sox base runner Ryan Kalish, he was unable to leave the field and had to be carried out.
Santana soon recovered and was back the next year with a stellar performance that saw him hit his first major league grand slam. It was a walk-off leading to the defeat of the Detroit Tigers in a game that ended at 9−5. The year sure ended on a good note as Santana hit his major league with 27 home runs and played 66 games at first base. He also hit 79 RBI, 35 doubles and added 97 walks. He had 25 home runs, 35 doubles, and 97 walks, he also had 25 home runs, 35 doubles, and 90 walks.
Carlos Santana’s Net Worth
Carlos Santana got his first signing bonus with the Indians when he was signed to a five-year contract worth $21 million.
Most recently, Carlos signed a three-year contract worth $60 million which would end in 2020 and from all his earnings and other endeavors, the baseball champ’s net worth has been placed at $13 million.
Carlos Santana is married to the beautiful Brittany Santana. Information about how they met has never been revealed, however, the union is blessed with two children; a boy and a girl. The youngest being the girl was born in May 2015 while the older; the boy named David, is a few years older.
Other Facts about Carlos Santana
- Carlos loves baseball but it has never displaced his roles as a father and loving husband to his family.
- He initially had his hair grown when he started his career however he carries dreadlocks now.
- There is not much information about him, however, the little he had let the world know is that he has high moral standards.
- Carlos suffered from a hit on the mask from a foul play tip.
- The hunky baseballer stands at a height of 5 ft. 11 inches and weighs 95kg.
- He has brown hair and eyes.