April 5, 1976 |
|April 3, 2000, for the Montreal Expos|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 21, 2001, for the Montreal Expos|
|Earned run average||5.15|
Blank was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 37th round of the 1994 Major League Baseball Draft. Blank decided not to sign. The following year, he was again drafted, this time by the Florida Marlins in the 40th round. Again, Blank chose not to sign. After not being drafted in 1996, Blank was drafted in the 11th round of the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft by the Montreal Expos. Blank signed on to play in the Expos organization. Blank made his made major league debut in 2000 at the age of 24. In that game, Blank pitched one inning, giving up zero earned runs. That year, Blank had an ERA of 5.14 in 14 innings. The following year, he threw 22.7 innings, with an ERA of 5.16. After spending the entire 2002 season in the minors, Blank was traded on April 30, 2003 to the San Francisco Giants to complete an earlier trade. Less than two months later, he was released.
On August 3, Blank was signed by the Atlanta Braves, only to be released 16 days later. In January 2004, he was signed by the Florida Marlins. After spending the year in the minors, Blank was released by the Marlins. A month later, he was again signed by the Marlins, but again was released by them. On January 11, 2006, he was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays. On March 22, 2006, he was granted free agency, and re-signed with the Marlins. During the season, he was traded to the San Diego Padres for Jim Brower and finished the season with Triple-A Portland, retiring after the season.
At the time of his retirement, Blank had a 2-3 record, a 5.15 ERA, 18 walks, and 15 strikeouts. Blank was 4 for 9 hitting, with a lifetime batting average of .444. His lifetime fielding percentage was 1.000.
- "Apr 3, 2000, Dodgers at Expos Box Score and Play by Play". www.baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-10-11.
- "Matt Blank". www.baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-10-11.