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Matt Murton

Matt Murton
Murton with the Hanshin Tigers
Hanshin Tigers – No. 9
Born: (1981-10-03) October 3, 1981 (age 34)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: July 8, 2005 for the Chicago Cubs
NPB: March 26, 2010 for the Hanshin Tigers
MLB statistics
Batting average .286
Hits 415
Home runs 29
Runs batted in 112
NPB statistics
(through 2014)
Batting average .317
Hits 1234
Home runs 68
Runs batted in 358
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Matthew Henry Murton (born October 3, 1981, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida), nicknamed "Thunder Matt",[1] is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball. He previously played five years in Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, and Colorado Rockies.

Baseball career

Boston Red Sox

Murton was drafted out of Georgia Tech baseball in the supplemental first round of the 2003 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox.[2] Murton played just 155 games in the Red Sox organization, with the Lowell Spinners and the Sarasota Red Sox, hitting for a high on-base percentage and average power.

Chicago Cubs

Murton was acquired at the

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In 2006, Murton became the Cubs' starting left fielder. On August 3, 2006, Murton went 4-for-4 with 4 doubles and 5 RBIs in game 2 of a doubleheader against the Arizona Diamondbacks, matching a major league record for doubles in a single game.[6] He finished the year with the second-highest mark on the team in batting average, at .297, with 13 home runs and 62 runs batted in.[7]

For 2007, Murton saw his playing time reduced when the Cubs signed Cliff Floyd to play in left field. When center fielder Alfonso Soriano switched back to left field in April, Murton switched to right field. On June 13, after hitting only one home run with eight RBIs in limited playing time, Murton was optioned to Triple-A to make room for left-handed pitcher Clay Rapada.

On July 27, 2007, Murton was called back up to the major leagues, along with pitcher Rocky Cherry, with his first start coming on July 30.[8]

In 2008, Murton saw his playing time diminish even further, playing in just nineteen games, and recording only 42 plate appearances in the first three months of the season for the Cubs. In those 42 plate appearances, he managed to accrue only two hits, leading to his early exit from the team.

Oakland Athletics

On July 8, 2008, Murton was traded along with three other Cubs prospects to the Oakland Athletics for pitchers Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin.

Colorado Rockies

On February 4, 2009, Murton was traded to the Colorado Rockies for infielder Corey Wimberly. When stepping to the plate at Rockies home games, the song "Strong Tower" by Kutless was played over the speaker system.

Hanshin Tigers

On December 4, 2009, Murton was released by the Rockies,[9] who sold his contract to the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball.[10] In Murton's rookie season with the Hanshin Tigers he became only the fourth player in Nippon Professional Baseball history to have a 200-hit season. [1][dead link] On October 5, 2010, Murton broke the single season hit record, set by Ichiro Suzuki, hitting his 211th hit (in 130 games). He successfully finished his first regular season in Japan with 214 hits (in 144 games), .349 batting average, 17 home runs and 91 RBIs.

Personal life

Murton is married to Stephanie Murton and has homes in Georgia, Florida, and Colorado. Murton played baseball for Eagles Landing High School in McDonough, Georgia, and later for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Matt's younger brother, Luke, also played for Georgia Tech and is currently in the New York Yankees farm system.


  1. ^ "Matt Murton: Who Is He and Why Should the Boston Red Sox Sign Him". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  2. ^ 2003 First-Year Player Drat Tracker |
  3. ^ - MLB - Red Sox trade Nomar to Cubs in deadline deal
  4. ^ Patterson recently lost starting job - MLB - ESPN
  5. ^ July 8, 2008 Chicago Cubs at Florida Marlins -
  6. ^ Cubs Single Game Records | History
  7. ^ 2006 Chicago Cubs Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistics -
  8. ^ Cubs recall outfielder Matt Murton and right-hander Rocky Cherry from Triple-A Iowa | Press Release
  9. ^ Ringolsby, Tracy. Rockies release Murton to pursue career in Japan, FOX Sports. Published December 7, 2009. Retrieved December 7, 2009.
  10. ^ Harding, Thomas. Rockies clear space for Spilborghs, Published December 7, 2009. Retrieved December 8, 2009.

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