Professional baseball pitcher Jeurys Familia is one of the top baseball athletes in the industry. Currently a free agent, Familia has played for famous teams like Oakland Athletics, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, etc.
The veteran athlete had signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox in August 2022. He played when he was added to the major league roster and elected free agency on September 16, 2022, when he was assigned a minor league assignment.
In this article, we will talk about Jeurys Familia’s life decisions and career journey.
But first, let’s go through some quick facts.
Jeurys Familia | Quick Facts
|Full Name||Jeurys Familia Mojica|
|Date of Birth||October 10, 1989|
|Birth Place||Yaguate, San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic|
|Nick Name||La Fama or Yaguate|
|Age||33 Years Old|
|Height||6 ft 3 in/ 1.91 m/ 191 cm|
|Weight||229 lbs./ 104 kg|
|Father’s Name||Darwin Falter|
|Mother’s Name||Name Unknown|
|Education||Liceo Ana Lilian Miranda High School|
|Kids||Jeurys Familia Jr.|
|Affiliations||New York Mets
New York Mets
Boston Red Sox
|Playing Style||Bats (Right)
|Net Worth||About $3 million|
|Merch||Autographed Card, Autographed Baseball|
|Last Update||June 2023|
Familia has a bulky body frame and athletically toned muscles. He stands at a decent height of 6 feet 2 inches (1.91 meters) while weighing 229 pounds (104 kg).
As for his appearance, Familia has tanned skin with neatly trimmed jet-black hair and a light beard.
Familia (fully named Jeurys Familia Mojica) was born on October 10, 1989, under the star sign Libra in Yaguate, San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic.
According to the sources, Familia’s father, Darwin Falter, used to be in the military and also did a part-time job at the gas station.
His father was a tough man as he worked hard despite having problems due to his childhood leg injury.
Similarly, his mother used to work in a small boutique. Altogether, Familia had four siblings, and they lived on their parent’s combined wages.
There are not many details regarding his family background, parents, and childhood.
Talking about his educational background, Familia attended the Liceo Ana Lilian Miranda High School.
As a child, Familia was fond of basketball and loved Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant. As he got older, he abandoned basketball and started playing baseball.
When Familia initially started playing baseball, he did not have access to any of the needed equipment for games.
Like most athletes, he commenced his professional career through his minor league debut.
On July 13, 2007, Jeurys Familia signed with the New York Mets as an amateur free agent. Then in 2008, he started playing for the Gulf Coast Mets, and with them, he played for about two years.
Following it, Familia got promoted to the Florida State League and then to the Double-A Binghamton Mets of the Eastern League. After a few years in the minor league, he moved to the major league in 2012 as he made his debut against the St. Louis Cardinals.
With the Mets team, Familia played for about six years. During his days with the team, he set a franchise record by converting 32 consecutive save opportunities.
In mid-2018, Familia signed a deal with the Oakland Athletics, and at the end of the same year, he made a contract with the New York Mets again.
Later in March 2022, Familia signed a year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, but soon, the team released him.
On August 2022, he signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox. There, he played when he was added to the major-league roster but was elected free agency on September 16, 2022, when he was still due a minor-league assignment.
Currently, Familia is a free agent.
As an athlete, injuries are hurdles along the way that is bound to happen one way or the other. Therewith, Jeurys Familia has faced such injuries quite a few times during his professional games.
With right shoulder soreness in June 2018, Familia’s sustained the first injury that placed him on a 10-day disabled list. Before this injury, he had undergone surgery on the same shoulder after a blood clot was discovered.
Similarly, in 2019, Familia struggled with a lesion on his right shoulder. In 2021, he struggled with a right hip impingement.
Career Highlights And Awards
- All-Star (2016)
- MLB Saves Leader (2016)
Though there are not many details known about Jeurys Familia’s career earnings, it is believed that he has a net worth of about $3 million.
His contract with the Boston Red Sox was worth $700,000.
Personal Life & Social Media
Familia is married to Bianca Rivas and has a son named Jeurys Familia Jr. Unfortunately, there are not many details regarding Familia’s wife and their journey together.
The duo is not seen as active on any social media platforms, which is why very little about them is known.
Domestic Violence Charge
On October 31, 2016, authorities arrested Jeurys Familia on a domestic violence charge in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
According to the sources, there was a complaint filed by his wife against Familia, alleging the pitcher caused “bodily injury to another.”
His wife, Bianca, stated that Familia had physically assaulted and threatened her. She was seen with a scratch to the chest and a bruise on the right cheek.
As the matter took into court, he pleaded not guilty. However, after the investigation, the charge was dismissed due to the lack of evidence. Following it, the authorities also dismissed the arrest from his criminal record.
MLB had suspended Familia for fifteen days when he was arrested for alleged domestic violence.
Lifestyle, Food & Workout
Not very long ago, Familia was overweight, and that had caused many problems. In 2021, he decided to get healthier and shed some pounds.
His serious diet and workout plan helped him lose 30 lbs over 4 months. The hardest part for him was cutting out rice and fried foods, as he loved Dominican foods.
“Working hard, eating right, and it was a lot of dedication.”
– Jeurys Familia
Familia had temptations during the first few weeks of his diet but slowly got through them. Later, he had nutritionists, strength and conditioning coaches, and trainers to assist him.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Which Jersey Number Does Jeurys Familia Wear?
Jeurys Familia wore jersey number 31 for the Boston Red Sox.
What Is Jeurys Familia’s Career Statistics Like?
Jeurys Familia made his MLB debut on September 4, 2012, for the New York Mets. As for his MLB career statistic, Familia maintains a stat of 547 games played, .548 win percentage, 2328 total batters faced, .307 batting average, 2.25 strikeouts/walk ratio, .325 on-base percentage, and .351 slugging percentage.