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Jeff Mathis

Jeffrey Stephen Mathis (born March 31, 1983) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball. He made ... More »Jeffrey Stephen Mathis (born March 31, 1983) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball. He made his major league debut on August 12, 2005 for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He bats and throws right-handed. After playing both football and baseball for Marianna High School (winning four district titles, a regional title and appearing in the state championship game in football in 2000, as well as a 1999 state title in baseball, on a team that featured fellow first-round pick Alan Horne), he became a first round draft selection by the Angels in 2001, Mathis moved up the ranks to Triple-A Salt Lake by 2005. He earned the Angels' minor league Defensive Player of the Year award. Noted for his defensive skills at the catcher spot, he also had a career-best year with the bat, hitting .276 with 21 home runs. Following the 2005 season, the Angels declined to pursue the return of their free agent starting catcher, Bengie Molina, ensuring... [ Wikipedia ]

Marlins question 'gray area' of collision ruling

Joe Torre, MLB's executive vice president of baseball operations, informed the Phillies that Miami catcher Jeff Mathis didn't provide a lane for Tony Gwynn Jr., and therefore the outcome of the ruling was incorrect. At the time, the play was a big one, because Gwynn was tagged out. Had ...

Stephen Strasburg strikes out 12, Ian Desmond hits grand slam as Nationals roll, 7-1

After Desmond’s boot, Strasburg blazed a 95-mph over the outside corner to strike out Jeff Mathis. Strasburg had needed only 59 pitches, and it seemed he might bail out the Nationals’ bullpen, worn from 7 2/3 innings Wednesday night, by himself. Tom Koehler, the Marlins’ starting ...

Hoping to spur lagging offense, Phils take extra work

Umpires ruled Phillies center fielder Tony Gwynn Jr. out at the plate on April 13 at Citizens Bank Park, despite the fact Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis had blocked the plate. Joe Torre, Major League Baseball's executive vice president of baseball operations, called the Phillies later to ...

Ryne Sandberg: MLB admits they got replay wrong

But Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis positioned himself in front of the plate, before he received the ball. Gwynn slid into Mathis's leg, but the catcher applied the tag and Gwynn was ruled out on the play. After manager Ryne Sandberg took the field in protest of the play, the umpires ...

Marlins lose 7-1 to Nationals, finishing sweep

Marlins lose 7-1 to Nationals, finishing sweep By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writer5:47 p.m.April 10, 2014 Miami Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis, left, talks with relief pitcher Arquimedes Caminero during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park...

Cory McCartney: Three Cuts: Harang's dominance, Gattis' late heroics lift Braves past Marlins

Harang struck out seven of the first 12 batters he faced and didn't allow a runner into scoring position until the sixth inning, when Stanton followed Jeff Mathis ' bunt single and a Marcell Ozuna base hit with his seventh double of the season. But Harang minimized the damage, striking ...

Slump doesn't diminish Stanton's stellar April

That RBI total for a whole season would have ranked seventh on last year's team, and the five homers would have tied backup catcher Jeff Mathis for the fifth most by a Marlin in 2013. Despite the production, Stanton has been intentionally walked five times this season, already matching ...

Phillies manager Ryan Sandberg loses challenge as umpires confirm call

Tony Gwynn Jr. was thrown out at the plate, but Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg appeared to argue Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis improperly blocked the plate. It took umpires 54 seconds to confirm the call, indicating no violation was observed. Gwynn stopped and started as he rounded third ...

Mariners manager calls Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton ‘a force’

The others: Bobby Bonilla (Sept. 16, 1997, vs. Colorado), Dan Uggla (June 11, 2008, vs. Philadelphia), Stanton (May 13, 2012, vs. New York Mets) and Jeff Mathis (June 30, 2013, vs. San Diego). According to Elias, Stanton is one of only two players to hit two walk-off grand slams before ...

Miami Marlins’ Tom Koehler doing his part amid the losing

“He’s always been able to throw his curveball for a strike, but he’s mixing in the changeup a little bit more this year to the lefties, and it’s giving hitters a third pitch to think about up there other than the fastball and the big curveball,” catcher Jeff Mathis said. “I think a lot ...

Phillies Notebook: Burnett to pitch with hernia

After Tony Gwynn Jr. was thrown at home plate, Sandberg took the field in protest, since he thought Miami catcher Jeff Mathis was blocking the plate without the ball. The umpires, who called Gwynn out on the play, called up to the league offices for a replay review and the call stood. ...

Utley powering the Phillies

Kyle Kendrick struck out seven in six innings, allowing three runs, and made an amazing, and self-preserving, catch of a line drive that Jeff Mathis cracked directly at his head in the fourth inning. Yet it was the performance of a certain second baseman that had the ballpark, and the ...

Utley has 3 hits, HR gives Phils win over Marlins

But manager Ryne Sandberg asked for the play to be reviewed likely because catcher Jeff Mathis was blocking the plate with his left leg prior to Gwynn’s slide. Under the new replay rule, umpires initiate a review of the new rule regarding collisions at home plate ...

Stephen Strasburg is dominant as Nationals complete sweep of Marlins

Strasburg finally needed help of his own when he walked catcher Jeff Mathis with two outs in the seventh. Given Ozuna had just taken him deep, manager Matt Williams figured discretion was the better part of valor. And so Strasburg exited for Jerry Blevins, the lefty reliever who retired ...

MLB has too much confusion on its plate

On that one, Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis was down on his right knee with his left leg stretched across the batter's box -- minus the ball -- as Tony Gwynn Jr. closed in. Gwynn slid directly into Mathis' outstretched leg as the tag was applied. That also was reviewed, and in less ...

ATLANTA: Gattis' double helps Braves top Marlins 3-1

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman leaps to reach a throw as Miami Marlins' Jeff Mathis reaches first safely for a single during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal Constitution, Curtis Compton) MARIETTA DAILY ...

Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals

But Strasburg struck out Jeff Mathis looking at a 95 mph fastball to end the inning, then hopped off the mound. In the sixth, the Marlins' best hitter, Giancarlo Stanton, faced Strasburg with two aboard and one out in a 2-0 game. " Any ball he puts in play can take somebody's head off," ...

Marlins 3, Mariners 2

... Miami gave backup C Jeff Mathis his first start since April 13. In his previous start against Seattle, Mathis went 4-for-4 in 2012. ... Seattle sent OF James Jones to Triple-A before Sunday's game, opening a roster spot for Maurer. ... Among the Mariners who made a homecoming ...

Recap: Philadelphia vs. Miami

It became 2-0 in the second when Yelich's bloop hit to center scored Jeff Mathis, but Howard homered to center in the third. Jones went deep to right in the fifth before the Phillies tied the game in the bottom half. Utley singled and Domonic Brown's base hit came before Nieves' two-out ...

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