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Encyclopedia > Gary Matthews
Gary Matthews
Outfielder
Born: July 5, 1950 (1950-07-05) (age 57)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 6, 1972
for the San Francisco Giants
Final game
October 2, 1987
for the Seattle Mariners
Career statistics
Batting average     .281
Home Runs     234
RBIs     978
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Gary Nathaniel Matthews Sr. (born July 5, 1950 in San Fernando, California) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball. From 1972 through 1987, Mathews played for the San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners. He batted and threw right-handed. Nicknamed "the Sarge", he is the father of big leaguer Gary Matthews Jr.. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Gary Nathanial Matthews Jr. ... Austin Kearns, an outfielder, catches a fly ball. ... is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–1885) Other nicknames Jints, Gigantes, G-Men Ballpark AT... is the 275th day of the year (276th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) West Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Seattle Mariners (1977–present) Other nicknames The Ms Ballpark Safeco Field (1999–present) King County Domed Stadium (Kingdome) (1977-1999) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) None... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–1885) Other nicknames Jints, Gigantes, G-Men Ballpark AT... The following are the events of the year 1972 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 14 - Ted Turner completes the purchase of 100 percent of the Atlanta Braves. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... The following are the baseball events of the year 1977 throughout the world. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 9 - Al Kaline and Duke Snider are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 14, 20, 32, 36, 42 Name Philadelphia Phillies (1884–present) Philadelphia Quakers (1883-1889) (Also referred to as Blue Jays 1943-1945 despite formal name remaining Phillies) Other nicknames The Phils, The Phightin Phils... The following are the baseball events of the year 1981 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1983 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1984 throughout the world. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 14 - Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) West Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Seattle Mariners (1977–present) Other nicknames The Ms Ballpark Safeco Field (1999–present) King County Domed Stadium (Kingdome) (1977-1999) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) None... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 14 - Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given to the best first-year players in the American and National Leagues. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the respective managers (from the previous years World... The 1983 National League Championship Series was a best-of-five matchup between the Eastern Division Champion Los Angeles Dodgers and the Western Division Champion Philadelphia Phillies. ... is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... San Fernando is a city located in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Austin Kearns, an outfielder, catches a fly ball. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... The following are the events of the year 1972 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 14 - Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–1885) Other nicknames Jints, Gigantes, G-Men Ballpark AT... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 14, 20, 32, 36, 42 Name Philadelphia Phillies (1884–present) Philadelphia Quakers (1883-1889) (Also referred to as Blue Jays 1943-1945 despite formal name remaining Phillies) Other nicknames The Phils, The Phightin Phils... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) West Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Seattle Mariners (1977–present) Other nicknames The Ms Ballpark Safeco Field (1999–present) King County Domed Stadium (Kingdome) (1977-1999) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) None... Gary Nathanial Matthews Jr. ...

Contents

Biography

Matthews played for the Cubs from 1984-1987 and served as the organization's minor league hitting coordinator from 1995-1997, was named first base coach prior to the 2005 season...also is responsible for outfield and baserunning instruction...served as the club's hitting coach from 2003-2004...as a player, he went to the postseason after the 1981, 1983 and 1984 campaigns...was voted the MVP of the 1983 NLCS when he hit three home runs and collected 8 RBI in four games in leading the Phillies past Los Angeles into the World Series...as a coach, he went to the postseason with the Cubs in 2003...also spent two years (2000-2001) as a color analyst on Toronto Blue Jays broadcasts...currently does color commentary for the Philadelphia Phillies...his son, Gary Jr., has played in the majors with San Diego (1999, 2003), the Cubs (2000-2001), Pittsburgh (2001), the New York Mets (2002), Baltimore (2002-2003), Texas (2004-2006) and Anaheim as of 2007...the Matthews' are one of just seven father/son combinations in Cubs history; another son, Delvon, was a member of Milwaukee's minor league system in 2000-2001. Dates: October 11 – October 16 MVP: Rick Dempsey (Baltimore) Television: ABC Announcers: Al Michaels, Howard Cosell and Earl Weaver Umpires: Marty Springstead (AL), Ed Vargo (NL), Al Clark (AL), Frank Pulli (NL), Steve Palermo (AL), Dutch Rennert (NL) ALCS: Baltimore Orioles over Chicago White Sox (3-1) NLCS: Philadelphia Phillies...


Playing career

Matthews batted .281 during his 16-season major league career with San Francisco (1972-1976), Atlanta (1977-1980), Philadelphia (1981-1983), the Cubs (1984-1987) and Seattle (1987)...appeared in 2,033 games and recorded 2,011 hits, 234 homers and 978 RBI while scoring 1,083 runs...was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1973 after batting .300 with 12 homers and 58 RBI for the Giants...had his best overall season with the Braves in 1979, going to the All-Star Game during a season in which he batted .304 with 27 homers and 90 RBI...was a key contributor to the Cubs' NL Eastern Division title in 1984, batting .291 with 101 runs scored...was acquired with outfielder Bob Dernier and pitcher Porfi Altamirano in a spring training deal with Philadelphia for pitcher Bill Campbell and catcher Mike Diaz...in the first game of the 1984 NL Championship Series against San Diego, he homered twice...spent three seasons as a starter in left field for the Cubs...was limited by injuries in 1987 before being traded in midseason to Seattle for minor league pitcher Dave Hartnett...saw postseason action with the Phillies in 1981 and 1983...homered 7 times in 19 playoff games...was voted the MVP of the 1983 NLCS after leading the Phillies past Los Angeles into the World Series...in the 4-game series, he went 6-for-14 with 3 homers and 8 RBI...began his professional career in 1969 playing for the Giants' Decatur Commodores (A) affiliate in Decatur, Illinois. The Decatur Commodores were a professional minor league baseball team based in Decatur, Illinois. ... The Decatur Transfer House in the background with a newly completed fountain in the foreground. ...


In a 16-season career, Mathews batted .281 with 234 home runs and 978 RBIs in 2033 games. He finished with 183 career stolen bases, 1083 runs scored and 319 doubles. He had 2011 hits in 7147 at bats. He also showed decent plate discipline, with a lifetime .364 OBP, and a career high of .410. Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... The all-time stolen base leader, Rickey Henderson, swipes third in 1988. ... Bengie Molina of the Anaheim Angels (in gray and red) scores a run by touching home plate after rounding all the bases. ... In baseball, a double is the act of a batter safely reaching second base by striking the ball and getting to second before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... In Major League Baseball history, Ty Cobb had a record 4,191 hits by 1928; Pete Rose would surpass it 57 years later, and finish with 4,256 career hits. ... In baseball statistics, an at bat (AB) is used to calculate other data such as batting average. ...


Coaching career

After retiring as a player following the 1987 season, Matthews worked in private industry and broadcasting before joining the Cubs' organization in 1995 as minor league hitting coordinator a position he held for three years...left the Cubs in 1998 to become Toronto's hitting coach... was a member of the Blue Jays' coaching staff for two years, then was a member of their broadcast team for two seasons...returned to the field in 2002 as Milwaukee's hitting coach...served as a coach for the Cubs from 2003-06.


Current Status

As of the start of the 2007 baseball season, Matthews has joined the Philadelphia Phillies as a colored commentator. He frequently uses the phrase "as well," even when said phrase is irrelevant to the sentence that he concludes it with. This could be due to the fact that when Sarge was a youngster, he frequently used "as well" as a period (.) in his school assignments. "Sarge," as he demands to be called, also makes brilliant observations such as "that would have been an inside the park home run," and frequently confuses Aaron Rowand with Jimmy Rollins. For the most part, Sarge is a likable fool, and his commentary is much more entertaining than that of his colleague Chris "Wheels" Wheeler. Sarge insists that he is "going to get better, as well, too." Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 14, 20, 32, 36, 42 Name Philadelphia Phillies (1884–present) Philadelphia Quakers (1883-1889) (Also referred to as Blue Jays 1943-1945 despite formal name remaining Phillies) Other nicknames The Phils, The Phightin Phils...


See also

In the sport of baseball, a home run is the act of hitting the ball in such a manner, whether out of the park or in (see inside the park home run), that allows the batter to safely reach home and score in one play. ... Below is the list of Major League Baseball players who have reached the 2,000 hit milestone. ... Below is the list of 295 Major League Baseball players who have reached the 1,000 Runs milestone. ... Listed below are the occurrences of Major League Baseball players who have hit three home runs in a single game. ...

Sources

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
Preceded by
Jon Matlack
National League Rookie of the Year
1973
Succeeded by
Bake McBride
Preceded by
Mike Schmidt
National League Player of the Month
September, 1981
Succeeded by
Dale Murphy
Preceded by
Darrell Porter
National League Championship Series MVP
1983
Succeeded by
Steve Garvey

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Gary Matthews | BaseballLibrary.com (665 words)
Matthews teamed with Garry Maddox and Bobby Bonds with the Giants to form one of the best NL outfields in the 1970s.
Matthews hit.300 with 10 triples and 17 stolen bases to win the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 1973, and was an amazingly consistent hitter throughout his career, never hitting below.278 or above.304 until 1985.
Matthews was the MVP of the NLCS last season, while Campbell led the National League with 82 appearances.
ESPN.com: Matthews, Angels agree to 5-year, $50M deal (895 words)
Matthews posted a career-high.313 batting average for the Rangers this year; that's 50 points higher than his career average (.263) and 58 points higher than his 2005 mark (.255).
Matthews, whose 7-year-old son lives in nearby Santa Monica, reached a preliminary agreement Wednesday on a $50 million, five-year contract with the Angels following a career year with the Texas Rangers.
Matthews, a 32-year-old switch-hitter, batted.313 with 102 runs, 44 doubles, 19 homers, 79 RBI and a.371 on-base percentage as the Rangers' leadoff hitter.
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