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Justin Masterson

Jamaican-Born American Starting Pitcher for the Cleveland Indians

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Justin Masterson Biography

Justin Masterson was born in Kingston, Jamaica, where his father served as dean of students at the Jamaica Theological Seminary. A few years later, Masterson moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana. He attended Beavercreek High School in Beavercreek, OH where he first played baseball as a catcher, pitcher, and first baseman.

Masterson attended Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN, where he played as a starting pitcher. While at Bethel, he hit 10 home runs during his sophomore year. He then attended San Diego State University. As a relief pitcher, Masterson pitched out of the bullpen in the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2005, saving 10 games for Wareham while posting a 1.15 ERA.

Masterson pitches at a low three-quarter arm delivery with a sliding motion, which some compare to Dennis Eckersley's delivery. His pitching arsenal includes a fastball that reaches 97 mph, a sinker, a slider, and an occasional change-up. It has been claimed that his best pitch is his plus-sinker with a heavy drop.

Masterson throws a variety of fastballs that vary in speed and break, with the speeds reaching between from the upper 80s to the mid 90s. The speed of his slider is in the low 80s, and his change-up ranges from 77 to 81 mph. He can vary his sinker at speeds of 84 to 96 mph, sometimes catching batters off balance.

Masterson was signed to the minors by Dan Madsen, and was both a starter and reliever in his minor league career for the Lowell Spinners. In 2007, his second season, Masterson was promoted from the Class A Lancaster JetHawks to the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. Masterson's 12 wins that season ranked second among all Red Sox minor leaguers.

In 2006, Masterson was named to the Baseball America short season all-star team. Masterson was converted to starting pitcher in early 2007, after a stint as a relief pitcher for Short Season Lowell in 2006.

The Red Sox invited Masterson to spring training during early 2008. On April 24, 2008, he made his Major League debut against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in an emergency call-up start. He pitched six full innings and allowed one run. On May 20, 2008, Masterson made his second appearance, pitching 6.1 innings, allowing three hits and one run with three walks and five strikeouts and picking up his first win in the Majors.

Masterson picked up the first postseason win of his career in Game Five of the 2008 American League Championship Series against the Tampa Bay Rays, pitching a scoreless ninth inning in the Red Sox' 8–7 victory.

On July 31, 2009, Masterson was traded along with minor league prospects Nick Hagadone and Bryan Price to the Cleveland Indians for Victor Martinez.

Masterson pitched his first professional complete game shutout on June 9, 2010 against the Red Sox, his former team, pitching a two-hitter.

Upon the conclusion of the 2011 season, a season in which Masterson went 12-10 with a 3.21 ERA and 216 IP, he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder.

On April 5, 2012, Masterson was the Opening Day pitcher for the Indians against the Toronto Blue Jays in what proved to be the longest Opening Day game in major league history, a 7-4 loss in 16 innings. Masterson threw 8 innings, giving up 2 hits and 1 run while striking out 10 and earned a no-decision.

On April 2, 2013 Masterson became the back-to-back Opening Day starting pitcher for the Indians. He defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 2012 Cy Young winner, R.A. Dickey. Masterson's second win was against David Price, Rays 2012 Cy Young winner. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Masterson became just the third player in MLB history to beat both reigning Cy Young winners in the same season -- and the first to do in his first two starts of the season.

Masterson is a Christian and often speaks of the importance of God in his life. He and his wife are active in philanthropy, supporting organizations like Bright Hope and Not For Sale Team.

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  • What are the speaker fees for Justin Masterson

    Speaking fees for Justin Masterson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Justin Masterson are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Justin Masterson, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Justin Masterson speak about?

    Justin Masterson is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Baseball, Christian Athletes, Christian Speakers, Faith & Religion, Sports.
  • Where does Justin Masterson travel from?

    Justin Masterson generally travels from Cleveland, OH, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Justin Masterson’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Justin Masterson for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Justin Masterson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Justin Masterson or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Jamaican-Born American Starting Pitcher for the Cleveland Indians

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Justin Masterson Biography

Justin Masterson was born in Kingston, Jamaica, where his father served as dean of students at the Jamaica Theological Seminary. A few years later, Masterson moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana. He attended Beavercreek High School in Beavercreek, OH where he first played baseball as a catcher, pitcher, and first baseman.

Masterson attended Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN, where he played as a starting pitcher. While at Bethel, he hit 10 home runs during his sophomore year. He then attended San Diego State University. As a relief pitcher, Masterson pitched out of the bullpen in the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2005, saving 10 games for Wareham while posting a 1.15 ERA.

Masterson pitches at a low three-quarter arm delivery with a sliding motion, which some compare to Dennis Eckersley's delivery. His pitching arsenal includes a fastball that reaches 97 mph, a sinker, a slider, and an occasional change-up. It has been claimed that his best pitch is his plus-sinker with a heavy drop.

Masterson throws a variety of fastballs that vary in speed and break, with the speeds reaching between from the upper 80s to the mid 90s. The speed of his slider is in the low 80s, and his change-up ranges from 77 to 81 mph. He can vary his sinker at speeds of 84 to 96 mph, sometimes catching batters off balance.

Masterson was signed to the minors by Dan Madsen, and was both a starter and reliever in his minor league career for the Lowell Spinners. In 2007, his second season, Masterson was promoted from the Class A Lancaster JetHawks to the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. Masterson's 12 wins that season ranked second among all Red Sox minor leaguers.

In 2006, Masterson was named to the Baseball America short season all-star team. Masterson was converted to starting pitcher in early 2007, after a stint as a relief pitcher for Short Season Lowell in 2006.

The Red Sox invited Masterson to spring training during early 2008. On April 24, 2008, he made his Major League debut against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in an emergency call-up start. He pitched six full innings and allowed one run. On May 20, 2008, Masterson made his second appearance, pitching 6.1 innings, allowing three hits and one run with three walks and five strikeouts and picking up his first win in the Majors.

Masterson picked up the first postseason win of his career in Game Five of the 2008 American League Championship Series against the Tampa Bay Rays, pitching a scoreless ninth inning in the Red Sox' 8–7 victory.

On July 31, 2009, Masterson was traded along with minor league prospects Nick Hagadone and Bryan Price to the Cleveland Indians for Victor Martinez.

Masterson pitched his first professional complete game shutout on June 9, 2010 against the Red Sox, his former team, pitching a two-hitter.

Upon the conclusion of the 2011 season, a season in which Masterson went 12-10 with a 3.21 ERA and 216 IP, he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder.

On April 5, 2012, Masterson was the Opening Day pitcher for the Indians against the Toronto Blue Jays in what proved to be the longest Opening Day game in major league history, a 7-4 loss in 16 innings. Masterson threw 8 innings, giving up 2 hits and 1 run while striking out 10 and earned a no-decision.

On April 2, 2013 Masterson became the back-to-back Opening Day starting pitcher for the Indians. He defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 2012 Cy Young winner, R.A. Dickey. Masterson's second win was against David Price, Rays 2012 Cy Young winner. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Masterson became just the third player in MLB history to beat both reigning Cy Young winners in the same season -- and the first to do in his first two starts of the season.

Masterson is a Christian and often speaks of the importance of God in his life. He and his wife are active in philanthropy, supporting organizations like Bright Hope and Not For Sale Team.

Justin Masterson Videos

  • Justin Masterson at All Star Game Teams Up with Bright Hope on ...

FAQs on booking Justin Masterson

  • How do I book Justin Masterson to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Justin Masterson for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Justin Masterson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Justin Masterson or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Justin Masterson

    Speaking fees for Justin Masterson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Justin Masterson are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Justin Masterson, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Justin Masterson speak about?

    Justin Masterson is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Baseball, Christian Athletes, Christian Speakers, Faith & Religion, Sports.
  • Where does Justin Masterson travel from?

    Justin Masterson generally travels from Cleveland, OH, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Justin Masterson’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Justin Masterson for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Justin Masterson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Justin Masterson or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Justin Masterson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Justin Masterson for your event is available upon request. Justin Masterson generally travels from Cleveland, OH, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jim Morris, Dave Dravecky, Danny Wuerffel, Terry Francona and Philip Rivers. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Justin Masterson for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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