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Mike Matheny

Golden Glove Winner 2000, 2003

Full Name: Michael Scott Matheny
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6-3 Weight: 205 lbs.
Born: Sep 22, 1970 in Columbus, OH
College: Michigan
Major League Debut: April 7, 1994
Died:

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CAREER BATTING STATISTICS
  BATTING
Year Team Avg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K OBP SLG OPS
1994 MIL .226 28 53 3 12 3 0 1 2 3 13 .293 .340 .633
1995 MIL .247 80 166 13 41 9 1 0 21 12 28 .306 .313 .619
1996 MIL .204 106 313 31 64 15 2 8 46 14 80 .243 .342 .584
1997 MIL .244 123 320 29 78 16 1 4 32 17 68 .294 .338 .631
1998 MIL .238 108 320 24 76 13 0 6 27 11 63 .278 .334 .612
1999 TOR .215 57 163 16 35 6 0 3 17 12 37 .271 .307 .578
2000 STL .261 128 417 43 109 22 1 6 47 32 96 .317 .362 .679
2001 STL .218 121 381 40 83 12 0 7 42 28 76 .276 .304 .581
2002 STL .244 110 315 31 77 12 1 3 35 32 49 .313 .317 .630
2003 STL .252 141 441 43 111 18 2 8 47 44 81 .320 .356 .676
2004 STL .243 105 333 24 81 18 1 4 41 20 75 .290 .339 .629
  AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K OBP SLG OPS
Totals .238 1107 3222 297 767 144 9 50 357 225 666 .293 .335 .628


  BATTING BASERUNNING MISC
Year Team HBP GDP TB IBB SH SF SB CS SB% AB/HR AB/K
1994 MIL 2 1 18 0 1 0 0 1 .000 53.0 4.1
1995 MIL 2 3 52 0 1 0 2 1 .667 0.0 5.9
1996 MIL 3 9 107 0 7 4 3 2 .600 39.1 3.9
1997 MIL 7 9 108 0 9 3 0 1 .000 80.0 4.7
1998 MIL 7 6 107 0 3 0 1 0 1.000 53.3 5.1
1999 TOR 1 3 50 0 2 1 0 0 .000 54.3 4.4
2000 STL 4 11 151 8 7 4 0 0 .000 69.5 4.3
2001 STL 4 11 116 5 8 3 0 1 .000 54.4 5.0
2002 STL 2 3 100 6 8 6 1 3 .250 105.0 6.4
2003 STL 2 11 157 16 8 3 1 1 .500 55.1 5.4
2004 STL 3 8 113 7 5 3 0 0 .000 83.3 4.4
  HBP GDP TB IBB SH SF SB CS SB% AB/HR AB/K
Totals 37 75 1079 42 59 27 8 10 .444 64.4 4.8


CAREER FIELDING STATISTICS
Year Team POS G Ch PO A E DP FPCT RF ZR
1994 MIL C 27 0 81 8 1 1 .989 5.540 .000
1995 MIL C 80 0 261 18 4 2 .986 5.460 .000
1996 MIL C 104 8 476 40 8 5 .985 5.620 .875
1997 MIL C 121 8 697 57 5 8 .993 7.300 1.000
1997 MIL 1B 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1997 Total   123 8 697 57 5 8 .993 7.280 1.000
1998 MIL C 107 13 570 45 8 9 .987 6.960 .923
1999 TOR C 57 3 346 32 2 8 .995 7.640 1.000
2000 STL C 124 13 803 75 5 7 .994 7.660 1.000
2000 STL 1B 8 3 12 1 0 0 1.000 9.750 1.000
2000 Total   132 16 815 76 5 7 .994 7.680 1.000
2001 STL C 121 14 772 69 4 9 .995 7.550 1.000
2001 STL 1B 2 1 7 0 0 2 1.000 9.000 1.000
2001 Total   123 15 779 69 4 11 .995 7.560 1.000
2002 STL C 106 23 562 64 4 6 .994 6.790 .957
2002 STL 1B 1 0 1 0 0 1 1.000 9.000 .000
2002 Total   107 23 563 64 4 7 .994 6.790 .957
2003 STL C 138 14 774 49 0 7 1.000 6.750 1.000
2003 STL 1B 4 0 7 0 0 1 1.000 9.000 .000
2003 Total   142 14 781 49 0 8 1.000 6.770 1.000
2004 STL C 105 18 647 49 1 8 .999 7.300 1.000
2004 STL 1B 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 9.000 1.000
2004 Total   106 19 648 49 1 8 .999 7.310 1.000
  G Ch PO A E DP FPCT RF ZR
Totals 1109 119 6017 507 42 74 .994 6.950 .975



Considered one of the game's top defensive catchers, Mike shuts down the opponent's running game, is very adept at blocking balls in the dirt and is an excellent handler of pitchers. While many teams struggle to find one top-flight receiver, the Cardinals are fortunate to have two in Mike and Eli Marrero. Eli is the better hitter, but Mike is so strong defensively that he made more starts at the position in 2001 (117 to 45). Mike threw out 48.3 percent of would-be base-stealers (28 of 58) and had just four errors and six passed balls.

Some say the Cardinals' postseason chances in 2000 were doomed the minute Mike cut himself in a household accident on the eve of the playoffs. The injury occurred on September 29 when he severed two flexor tendons and a nerve in his right ring finger while examining a hunting knife he had received as a birthday gift. Mike underwent immediate surgery and missed the entire postseason.

Mike led the majors in 2000 by throwing out a remarkable 52.7 percent of would-be base-stealers (49 of 93). He started 117 games behind the plate, picked off three runners and ranked third among National League catchers in fielding percentage (.994). Mike also had a good year with the bat, hitting a career-high .261, with six homers, 22 doubles and 47 RBI. Nearly half (21 of 47) of those RBI came with two outs. Mike grew up in the Columbus, Ohio area and attended the University of Michigan where he was co-captain of the baseball team. He played for the Milwaukee Brewers (1994-98) and Toronto Blue Jays (1999) before coming to St. Louis.