October 30, 1978 |
Bayamón, Puerto Rico
|June 19, 2000, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 9, 2006, for the Washington Nationals|
|Runs batted in||140|
Luis David Matos (born October 30, 1978 in Bayamón, Puerto Rico) is a former professional baseball outfielder and currently a baseball manager. He played in Major League Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles between 2000–06 and briefly for the Washington Nationals in late 2006. He most recently played for the Piratas de Campeche in the Mexican League. He bats and throws right-handed.
Matos was considered to be injury prone, as he has had only 3 seasons with over 300 at bats and one with 400 or more. Some in the Orioles organization felt he never reached his potential except for 2003 when he had 13 home runs, 15 stolen bases and had a batting average of .303. Matos is considered to be a good center fielder, but has an average arm. After losing his position as starting center fielder with the Orioles to Corey Patterson, Matos was designated for assignment on July 6, 2006. He signed with the Nationals as a free agent on July 14, 2006. On August 11, 2006, he was unconditionally released by the Nationals. On January 23, 2007, he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but was released on March 30, 2007. Matos then signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets on August 20, 2007. In 14 games with the Mets Triple-A affiliate, the New Orleans Zephyrs, he batted .204 with 1 home run and 4 RBI.
In 2008, Matos played in the Mexican League for the Leones de Yucatán. In 88 games, he hit .289 with 6 home runs, 44 RBI, and 22 stolen bases. In December 2008, he signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins, but returned to Yucatán without playing for them. He joined Campeche for the 2011 season.
In 2015, he was hired as an assistant coach for the Great Lakes Loons of the Midwest League but was promoted to manager when the original manager left to fill a vacancy with the Dodgers California League team. The following season, he became a coach for the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers of the Pacific Coast League.
In 2016, he debuted as manager in the Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente, the main professional baseball league in Puerto Rico, with the Criollos de Caguas. In January 2017, he won the league championship with the Criollos by defeating the Cangrejeros de Santurce. In February 2017, he managed the Criollos to a championship in the Caribbean Series when they defeated Mexico 1—0 in 10 innings. It was the first Caribbean Series title for Puerto Rico since 2000.
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