21 Facts About Mike Matheny

1. Mike Matheny was born in Columbus on a Sunday, September 20, 1970.

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2. Mike Matheny took home the Willie Mac Award that year, accorded annually to a San Francisco Giant for spirit and leadership.

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3. Mike Matheny became a free agent after the 2004 World Series, primarily due to the emergence of rookie catcher Yadier Molina, with whom he would eventually be reunited.

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4. Mike Matheny made his major league debut with the Brewers on April 7, 1994 at the age of 23; he became their starting catcher early in the next season.

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5. Mike Matheny was a member of the 1989 Connie Mack championship team.

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6. Mike Matheny graduated from Reynoldsburg High School, where he captained the baseball and football teams.

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7. Mike Matheny made his MLB debut as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers on April 7, 1994.

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8. Mike Matheny is currently a special adviser for player development for the Kansas City Royals.

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9. In 2005, Mike Matheny opened a "Catch 22" field at the Chesterfield Valley Athletic complex in Chesterfield, Missouri.

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10. Mike Matheny organized and created the Catch-22 charity which donated tickets for Cardinals games between 2002 and 2004.

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11. Mike Matheny was fired by the Cardinals on July 14, 2018.

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12. Mike Matheny joined Red Schoendienst, Whitey Herzog, and Tony La Russa as the only managers to pilot the franchise for at least 1,000 games.

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13. Mike Matheny reached the 1,000th game of his career as manager on May 1, 2018.

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14. Mike Matheny became the first manager in MLB history to guide his club to the postseason in each of his first four full seasons.

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15. On January 24, 2008, Mike Matheny returned to the St Louis Cardinals organization as a special adviser for the first two weeks of spring training.

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16. On February 1, 2007, Mike Matheny announced his retirement from Major League Baseball at the age of 35 due to on-going symptoms of post-concussion syndrome.

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17. Mike Matheny signed a three-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on December 13, 2004.

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18. Mike Matheny set another Major League record for catchers in 2004 by fielding 1,565 consecutive chances without an error.

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19. Mike Matheny helped the Cardinals improve from their fourth-place finish in 1999 to capturing the National League Central Division title, and claimed his first Gold Glove award in the process.

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20. The Blue Jays called Mike Matheny frequently until the morning of his first class, hoping he would sign.

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21. Mike Matheny has made two World Series appearances—both with the Cardinals—one as a player, and one as a manager (2013).

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