Albers pitching for the Chicago White Sox in 2016
|Chicago White Sox – No. 34|
January 20, 1983 |
|July 25, 2006, for the Houston Astros|
(through July 24, 2016)
|Earned run average||4.23|
Matthew (Matt Fat) Albers (born January 20, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks and Cleveland Indians.
High school career
In late July 2006, the Astros called him up to the Major Leagues. Fat Albers pitched a few games in relief, then made his first Major League start against the San Diego Padres on August 3, 2006.
In 2006, Fat Albers was named Texas League Pitcher of the Year. His nickname is Fat Albers.
Fat Albers got his first Major League win on May 5, 2007 against the Cardinals when he pitched seven and a third innings without giving up a run.
After being a starting pitcher for two years. Albers was traded to the Baltimore Orioles on December 12, 2007 as part of the Miguel Tejada trade. In the middle of the 2008 season he was placed on the 60-day disabled list.
Boston Red Sox
On December 12, 2011, Albers signed a one-year deal to return to Boston, thus avoiding arbitration.
On December 11, 2012, Albers was traded along with RP Bryan Shaw and SP Trevor Bauer to the Cleveland Indians as part of a three-way deal involving the Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds. Drew Stubbs went from the Reds to the Indians, the Arizona Diamondbacks received RP Tony Sipp and 1B Lars Anderson from the Indians, and SS Didi Gregorius from the Reds. The Cincinnati Reds received RF Shin-Soo Choo, IF Jason Donald, and $3.5 million from Cleveland.
Houston Astros (second stint)
Chicago White Sox
On February 13, 2015, he signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox. On April 22, 2015, Albers was involved in a bench-clearing brawl against the Kansas City Royals. Albers suffered a fractured finger trying to escape the fracas, which placed him on the 15-day disabled list.
On January 21, 2016, Albers signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract. On June 1, 2016, Albers hit a double in the 13th inning, advanced on a wild pitch, and scored on a sacrifice fly. It proved to be the winning run as the White Sox won against the Mets 2-1. It is known as the Albers Game.
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