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Matthew Henry Murton (born October 3, 1981), nicknamed "Thunder Matt", is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He previously played in Major League Baseball
Baseball
(MLB) for the Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, Colorado Rockies, and in Nippon Professional Baseball
Baseball
(NPB) for the Hanshin Tigers.

Contents

1 Baseball
Baseball
career

1.1 Boston Red Sox 1.2 Chicago Cubs 1.3 Oakland Athletics 1.4 Colorado Rockies 1.5 Hanshin Tigers 1.6 Chicago Cubs 1.7 Detroit Tigers

2 Post Playing Career 3 Personal life 4 References 5 External links

Baseball
Baseball
career[edit] Boston Red Sox[edit] Murton was drafted out of Georgia Tech baseball in the supplemental first round of the 2003 MLB draft by the Boston Red Sox.[1] Murton played a total of 155 games in the Red Sox organization for the Lowell Spinners and the Sarasota Red Sox. Chicago Cubs[edit] Murton was acquired at the 2004 trading deadline by the Chicago Cubs along with Red Sox star shortstop and fellow former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Nomar Garciaparra
Nomar Garciaparra
as part of a four-team blockbuster deal.[2] He spent the rest of the year with the Class A-Advanced Daytona Cubs. He started 2005 with the Double-A West Tenn Diamond Jaxx, but was called up to the major leagues for the first time on July 8, along with Adam Greenberg, to replace the struggling Corey Patterson
Corey Patterson
and Jason Dubois.[3] On the same day, he went 2-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly against the Florida Marlins
Florida Marlins
in his major league debut.[4] He continued his success in the majors over the rest of the season, hitting .321 with two stolen bases, seven home runs, and an on-base percentage of .386 in 51 games in 2005. 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.[5] 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.[6] For 2007, Murton saw his playing time reduced when the Cubs signed Cliff Floyd
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.[7] 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 only two hits, and spent most of the first half of the season in the minors. Oakland Athletics[edit] On July 8, 2008, Murton was traded along with Cubs prospects Josh Donaldson, Eric Patterson, and Sean Gallagher to the Oakland Athletics for pitchers Rich Harden
Rich Harden
and Chad Gaudin.[8] Colorado Rockies[edit] On February 4, 2009, Murton was traded to the Colorado Rockies
Colorado Rockies
for infielder Corey Wimberly. When stepping to the plate at Rockies home games, the song "Strong Tower" by Kutless
Kutless
was played over the speaker system. Hanshin Tigers[edit] On December 4, 2009, Murton was released by the Rockies,[9] who sold his contract to the Hanshin Tigers
Hanshin Tigers
of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball.[10] In Murton's rookie season with the Hanshin Tigers
Hanshin Tigers
he became only the fourth player in Nippon Professional Baseball
Baseball
history to have a 200-hit season.[11] On October 5, 2010, Murton broke the NPB single- season hit record of 210, set by Ichiro Suzuki
Ichiro Suzuki
in 1994 (in 130 games), getting his 211th hit in game #142.[12] He finished his first season in Japan with 214 hits, a .349 batting average, 17 home runs and 91 RBIs. Murton's single-season hits record was eclipsed in 2015 by Shogo Akiyama of the Seibu Lions, who recorded 216 hits in 143 games.[13] Murton played six seasons for the Hanshin Tigers, with a .310 career batting average and 1,020 hits. In 2015, Murton became the 16th foreign player to achieve 1,000 career hits in NPB. Chicago Cubs[edit] On February 16, 2016, Murton returned to MLB and signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs. After 76 games with the minor league Iowa Cubs, Murton was released on November 7, 2016.[14] Detroit Tigers[edit] On February, 20, 2017, Murton signed a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers.[15] The Tigers released him on April 18, 2017.[16] Post Playing Career[edit] On March 9, 2018, Murton retired and became an assistant in the Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
front office. Personal life[edit] 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 played in the New York Yankees organization. References[edit]

^ http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/draftday/search.jsp?sc=team&sp=bos 2003 First-Year Player Drat Tracker MLB.com ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/baseball/mlb/07/31/trade.deadline/ SI.com – MLB – Red Sox trade Nomar to Cubs in deadline deal ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2103231 Patterson recently lost starting job – MLB – ESPN ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/FLO/FLO200507080.shtml July 8, 2008 Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
at Florida Marlins
Florida Marlins
– BaseballReference.com ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/chc/history/single_game_records.jsp Cubs Single Game Records cubs.com History ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/CHC/2006.shtml 2006 Chicago Cubs Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistics – BaseballReference.com ^ http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20070727&content_id=2112908&vkey=pr_chc&fext=.jsp&c_id=chc Cubs recall outfielder Matt Murton
Matt Murton
and right-hander Rocky Cherry
Rocky Cherry
from Triple-A Iowa cubs.com Press Release ^ "Cubs acquire right-handed pitchers Rich Harden
Rich Harden
and Chad Gaudin
Chad Gaudin
from Oakland". cubs.mlb.com. Associated Press. July 8, 2008. Retrieved February 17, 2016.  ^ Ringolsby, Tracy. Rockies release Murton to pursue career in Japan Archived 2009-12-12 at the Wayback Machine., FOX Sports. Published December 7, 2009. Retrieved December 7, 2009. ^ Harding, Thomas. Rockies clear space for Spilborghs, MLB.com. Published December 7, 2009. Retrieved December 8, 2009. ^ Clemmons, Anna. " Matt Murton
Matt Murton
thrives in Japanese setting". Retrieved July 16, 2015.  ^ " Matt Murton
Matt Murton
breaks Ichiro Suzuki's Japan season hits record". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2015-08-23.  ^ http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2015/10/01/baseball/japanese-baseball/lions-akiyama-sets-single-season-hit-record/ Japan Times – Lions' Akiyama Sets Single Season Hits Mark. Retrieved February 10, 2016 ^ " Matt Murton
Matt Murton
Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-02-20.  ^ "Transactions". Detroit Tigers. Retrieved 2017-02-20.  ^ "Matt Murton: Released by Tigers". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2017-04-18. 

External links[edit]

Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors) ESPN The Magazine – Matt Murton
Matt Murton
thrives in Japanese setting, by Anna Katherine Clemmons

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2003 Major League Baseball
Baseball
Draft First Round Selections

Delmon Young Rickie Weeks Jr. Kyle Sleeth Tim Stauffer Chris Lubanski Ryan Harvey Nick Markakis Paul Maholm John Danks Ian Stewart Michael Aubrey Lastings Milledge Aaron Hill Ryan Wagner Brian Anderson Jeff Allison David Murphy Brad Snyder Conor Jackson Chad Cordero Matt Moses David Aardsma Brandon Wood Chad Billingsley Brad Sullivan Brian Snyder Eric Duncan Daric Barton Carlos Quentin Mitch Maier Adam Miller Matt Murton Omar Quintanilla Craig Whitaker Luis Atilano Jarrod Saltalamacchia Adam Jones

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Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox
first-round draft picks

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