Matt Ginter

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Matt Ginter
Born: (1977-12-24) December 24, 1977 (age 40)
Winchester, Kentucky
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 2000, for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
August 3, 2008, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 5–7
Earned run average 5.43
Strikeouts 132

Matthew Shane Ginter (born December 24, 1977) is a former American professional baseball pitcher.

After playing collegiately at Mississippi State, he started made his MLB debut in 2000 with the Chicago White Sox. He was signed by the Boston Red Sox to a minor league contract, and started 2006 pitching for the Pawtucket Red Sox. He had a strong start to the season, notably pitching eight innings of two-hit shutout baseball on April 23, and lowering his season ERA to 2.35 and his K/BB rate to 7. He was a strong candidate to be called up to the Red Sox to join the starting rotation, temporarily, while David Wells recovered from a knee injury.[citation needed]

Ginter exercised an out clause in his contract after going 3–9 in Pawtucket and not being called up before July 1. Ginter started 2007 with the Memphis Redbirds, the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, but after becoming a free agent, signed in late August with the Milwaukee Brewers, and was assigned to their Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds. He became a free agent after the season.

On December 21, 2007, the Cleveland Indians signed Ginter to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The Indians called Ginter up to start on July 12, 2008. In his first major league appearance in three years, Ginter went five shutout innings with five strikeouts to record the win.[1] After spending time on the disabled list, Ginter was sent outright to the minors on August 25 and became a free agent at the end of the season. In January 2009, he signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. He filed for free agency after the season.

He is not related to Keith Ginter, an infielder for MLB from 2000 to 2005.


  1. ^ Hoynes, Paul (12 July 2008). "Tribe's win streak hits three as Garko, Ginter, Sizemore fuel 8-4 victory". The Plain Dealer. Archived from the original on 12 October 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2010.

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