July 23, 1982 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|May 30, 2008 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
(through 2012 season)
|Runs batted in||49|
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. Mather also earned nicknames such as "Jo-Jo" and Joe Cotton Mather, a reference to the 17th century puritan minister.
Professional playing career
St. Louis Cardinals
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.
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.
Mather was claimed by the Atlanta Braves on November 3, 2010. After failing to make the Braves' 2011 Opening Day roster, the organization placed him on outright waivers. 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."  He had a career high 4 hit, 4 RBI night when the Braves faced the Angels on May 21, 2011. He was designated for assignment on June 19 and was later outrighted to Triple-A, but instead, he opted for free agency.
The Phillies signed Mather to a minor league contract but he did not make the team and was released. He subsequently signed with the Lancaster Barnstormers in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
- "Mather, ’01 MP grad, makes Major League debut". Ahwatukee.com. Retrieved 2008-06-12.[dead link]
- "Joe Mather (statistics)". MiLB.com. Retrieved 2008-05-30.
- Barden, Rasmus, Freese make Cards: Mather optioned to Minor League camp to complete roster (April 2)
- "Atlanta Braves Make Spring Roster Moves".
- Braves option reliever Asencio, recall IF/OF Mather, Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 28, 2011.
- , Atlanta Journal Constitution, May 21, 2011.
- Links, Zach. "Braves Designate Joe Mather For Assignment". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
- Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Joe Mather Elects Free Agency". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Mather player profile at Scout.com