Matt Shoemaker

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Matt Shoemaker
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – No. 52
Born: (1986-09-27) September 27, 1986 (age 27)
Wyandotte, Michigan
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 20, 2013 for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Career statistics
(through June 3, 2014)
Win–loss record 3–1
Earned run average 3.44
Strikeouts 33
Matt Shoemaker
Medal record
Men’s baseball
Competitor for  United States
Pan American Games
Silver 2011 Guadalajara National team

Matthew David "Matt" Shoemaker (born September 27, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball. Prior to beginning his professional career, he played college baseball at Eastern Michigan University. Shoemaker has also competed for the United States national baseball team.


Shoemaker attended Trenton High School in Trenton, Michigan. He then enrolled at Eastern Michigan University (EMU), where he played college baseball for the Eastern Michigan Eagles baseball team in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I. In 2007, as a sophomore, he saved 14 games for EMU, and was named to the All-MAC's second team.[1] He tied for fifth in NCAA Division I in saves, setting the EMU single-season record in the process.[1] He moved back to the rotation in 2008, his junior season.[2]

Undrafted out of college, Shoemaker played collegiate summer baseball in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League,[2] where he was scouted and signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.[3] He was promoted to Class-AAA, the highest level in minor league baseball, two years later. In 2011, he was named Texas League Pitcher of the Year and Angels Minor League Pitcher of the Year, after leading the league with 12 wins, a 2.21 earned run average, and 1.03 walks plus hits per inning pitched.[4][5] Shoemaker was invited to spring training with the Angels in 2012, receiving an opportunity to compete for the open fifth starter role for the Angels.[6]

Shoemaker played for the United States national baseball team in the 2011 Baseball World Cup and 2011 Pan American Games,[5] winning the silver medal.[7]

On September 15, 2013, the Angels promoted Shoemaker to the major leagues.[8]


Shoemaker's beard has been the topic of much conversation. Comparisons have been made to Billy Mays,[9] as well as allegations that Shoemaker and his beard are more powerful than Iron Man, Captain America, and Superman.[10] The Arkansas Travelers commemorated Shoemaker's beard in T-shirt form,[11] as well as a removable goatee.[12]


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