Joe Mather

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Joe Mather
DSC02598 Joe Mather.jpg
Tenure with the St. Louis Cardinals
Bridgeport Bluefish – No. 33
Utility player
Born: (1982-07-23) July 23, 1982 (age 32)
Sandpoint, Idaho
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 30, 2008 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
(through 2012 season)
Batting average .219
Home runs 14
Runs batted in 49
Teams

Joseph Paul Mather (born July 23, 1982) is an American professional baseball utility player with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

Early life[edit]

Mather was born on July 23, 1982, in Sandpoint, Idaho. At Mountain Pointe High School in Ahwatukee, Arizona he played basketball and was also an All-State performer in baseball. He also set the school record for the most RBI and home runs in a career.[1] Mather also earned nicknames such as "Jo-Jo" and Joe Cotton Mather, a reference to the 17th century puritan minister.

Professional playing career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

In 38 games with the Memphis Redbirds before his promotion to the St. Louis Cardinals, Mather hit .315 with 12 home runs, 24 RBI, and slugged .671.[2]

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

On May 30, 2008, Mather was promoted from Triple-A to the Major league club after outfielder Chris Duncan was optioned to Triple-A . On the same day as his call-up, he was in the starting lineup as the right fielder for the Cardinals. He picked up his first major league hit and RBI in the 7th inning, driving in the game-winning run.

He was the last man cut in April 2009, for the team to get to the 25-man roster before Opening Day (Apr. 6).[3] On April 17, 2010, Mather came in for a stint as pitcher in the 19th and 20th innings against the New York Mets, picking up the loss in the game when the Mets won 2-1 in the 20th.

Atlanta Braves[edit]

Mather was claimed by the Atlanta Braves on November 3, 2010.[4] After failing to make the Braves' 2011 Opening Day roster, the organization placed him on outright waivers.[5] He cleared waivers and was sent to Triple-A Gwinnett Braves. On April 28, he had his contract purchased from the minors by the Braves, a move that general manager, Frank Wren, described as a "necessity." [6] He had a career high 4 hit, 4 RBI night when the Braves faced the Angels on May 21, 2011.[7] He was designated for assignment on June 19[8] and was later outrighted to Triple-A, but instead, he opted for free agency.[9]

Colorado Rockies[edit]

On July 4, 2011, Mather signed with the Colorado Rockies.[10]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

Mather signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs on January 4, 2012. With a successful spring, Mather made the Cubs opening day roster.[11]

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

The Philadelphia Phillies signed Mather to a minor league contract but he did not make the team and was released.[12][13]

Lancaster Barnstormers[edit]

He subsequently signed with the Lancaster Barnstormers in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.[14]

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

On May 6, 2013 the Cincinnati Reds signed Mather to a minor league contract and assigned him to the Double A Pensacola Blue Wahoos.[15]

Bridgeport Bluefish[edit]

Mather signed with the Bridgeport Bluefish for the 2014 season.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Mather resides in Phoenix, AZ and enjoys playing golf in his free time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mather, ’01 MP grad, makes Major League debut". Ahwatukee.com. Retrieved 2008-06-12. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Joe Mather (statistics)". MiLB.com. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  3. ^ Barden, Rasmus, Freese make Cards: Mather optioned to Minor League camp to complete roster (April 2)
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Atlanta Braves Make Spring Roster Moves". 
  6. ^ Braves option reliever Asencio, recall IF/OF Mather, Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 28, 2011.
  7. ^ [2], Atlanta Journal Constitution, May 21, 2011.
  8. ^ Links, Zach. "Braves Designate Joe Mather For Assignment". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  9. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Joe Mather Elects Free Agency". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  10. ^ Axisa, Mike (July 7, 2011). "Rockies Sign Joe Mather". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/8782/mather-gets-to-embrace-accomplishment
  12. ^ "Joe Mather News: The Phillies signed Mather to a minor league contract, Jeff Schuler of the Allentown Morning Call reports.". theScore. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Joe Mather News: The Phillies released Mather on Saturday, Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.". theScore. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  14. ^ "BARNSTORMERS ADD THREE MORE". Lancaster Barnstomers. April 5, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  15. ^ Fay, John (May 6, 2013). "Reds announce signing of Joe Mather". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  16. ^ "MLB Vet Mather Signs With Bridgeport". Bridgeport Bluefish. May 23, 2014. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 

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