|Outfielder/Pinch runner/Third Baseman|
January 30, 1947 |
|August 23, 1973, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 3, 1981, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Career highlights and awards|
Matthew Alexander (born January 30, 1947 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is a retired Major League baseball player. He was a utility player for the Chicago Cubs (1973-1974), Oakland Athletics (1975-1977) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1978-1981).
In his later years, Alexander was used mostly as a pinch runner by manager Chuck Tanner, and so earned the sobriquet "Matt the Scat." Tanner had managed in Oakland in 1976 and brought Alexander to Pittsburgh after he became manager of the Pirates. Alexander helped the Athletics win the 1975 American League Western Division and the Pirates win the 1979 World Series. He played every non-pitching position in his major league career except catcher and first base.
In nine seasons he played in 374 games and had 168 at-bats, 111 runs, 36 hits, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 4 RBI, 103 stolen bases, 18 walks, a .214 batting average, an .294 on-base percentage, .262 slugging percentage, 44 total bases, 8 sacrifice hits and 1 intentional walk. He is one of only seven players (excluding pitchers) to have played at least 100 games and have more games played than at-bats.
- Baseball Reference
- Spatz, Lyle (2007). TheSABR Baseball List & Record Book – Baseball’s Most Fascinating Records and Unusual Statistics. United States: Simon & Schuster. p. 496. ISBN 9781416532453.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Retrosheet, or Baseball Reference (Minor and Mexican leagues), or Pura Pelota (Venezuelan Winter League)
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