Mather with the St. Louis Cardinals
July 23, 1982 |
|May 30, 2008, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 2012, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Runs batted in||49|
Joseph Paul Mather (born July 23, 1982) is an American former professional baseball utility player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs.
Mather was born on July 23, 1982, in Sandpoint, Idaho. At Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, 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 "Joey Bombs", "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.
He was the last man cut in April 2009, for the team to get to the 25-man roster before Opening Day (Apr. 6). 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.
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- , Atlanta Journal Constitution, May 21, 2011.
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- Axisa, Mike (July 7, 2011). "Rockies Sign Joe Mather". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
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- "Joe Mather News: The Phillies released Mather on Saturday, Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.". theScore. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
- "BARNSTORMERS ADD THREE MORE". Lancaster Barnstomers. April 5, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
- Fay, John (May 6, 2013). "Reds announce signing of Joe Mather". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
- "MLB Vet Mather Signs With Bridgeport". Bridgeport Bluefish. May 23, 2014. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
- 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