Born in Statesboro, Georgia, John Rocker has been involved in sports since the age of seven. His accolades include: All State Baseball, All Region Football, and All Star Baseball. During high school he pitched for the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) and was player of the year in 1993. Rocker attended Mercer University and received a baseball scholarship from the University of Georgia.
Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1993, Rocker served as a closer during his last four years with the Braves, although he began his minor League career as a starting pitcher. He joined the Cleveland Indians in 2001; the Texas Ranger in 2002, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2003, where he completed a year contract before undergoing rotator cuff surgery.
Rocker joined the Big Leagues in 1998, where he would close for the next 3 ½ years. He pitched in two National League Championships and one World Series. He pitched 21 1/3 scoreless playoff innings.
After attempting a comeback to baseball with the Long Island Ducks in 2005, Rocker decided to give up the game and focus on his other businesses, real estate developments and IP Promotions, Inc., a streaming video company.
Rocker has been a radio analyst for several programs including ESPN Radio in New York and Sporting News Radio. His charity involvement includes the Ultimate Team Up for the Wheelin’ Sportsmen in Alabama; Georgia Transplant Foundation, Safari Club International, the Empty Stocking Fund; Cornerstone for Living; the Starlight Children’s Foundation; Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital; United Special Sportsman Alliance; and he recently participated in the Price Oil Celebrity golf tournament to benefit Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. Rocker also hosts kids from Ronald McDonald House to the NASCAR race in Atlanta every fall, and he was chosen to present the sports awards at the 2004 Southeast Emmys in Atlanta. Rocker recently rode in the Cox MS 150 in an effort to help raise funds for the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. For more information visit www.johnrocker.net.