Matt Wieters
American baseball player
Matt Wieters
Matthew Richard Wieters is a Major League Baseball catcher for the Baltimore Orioles. Wieters was drafted fifth overall in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. Wieters played college baseball for Georgia Tech, and his agent is Scott Boras. Wieters is a tall athletic hitter, standing 6 feet 5 inches tall. His ability to hit for power from both sides of the plate has drawn comparisons to Jorge Posada and Jason Varitek.
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Wieters Keys 19-Hit Attack as Orioles Beat Blue Jays 11-6
ABC News - 8 months
Matt Wieters powers Baltimore Orioles to 11-6 win over Toronto Blue Jays
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Rasmus, Wieters, Anderson Accept Qualifying Offers
NYTimes - over 1 year
Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus, Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson became the first three players to accept qualifying offers from their teams rather than remain free agents, and Boston obtained closer Craig Kimbrel from San Diego.
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Wieters Accepts Orioles' Qualifying Offer to Return in '16
NYTimes - over 1 year
Matt Wieters thought long and hard about being a free agent. Ultimately, the catcher's comfort-level with his current situation was more important that striving for a bigger payday.
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Baltimore Orioles: News with three weeks to Opening Day
isports web - almost 2 years
With Opening Day less than three weeks away, the Baltimore Orioles’ 25-man roster is beginning to take shape. The team has made many cuts and reassignments as they get closer to finalizing the roster. Prospects such as Dylan Bundy and Christian Walker have been optioned to the minor leagues, where they will begin the 2015 campaign. Meanwhile, players such as Jimmy Paredes and Ubaldo Jimenez are trying to cement roles for themselves in Baltimore. This week, though, catcher Matt Wieters and reliever Brian Matusz are the two Orioles who have been getting the most attention. Matt Wieters The Orioles got a scare when Matt Wieters began experiencing elbow pain, a slight setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. X-rays came back negative, however, and Wieters should be back behind the plate next week. Wieters played in only 26 games last year before the elbow problems forced his season-ending surgery. In those 26 games, however, Wieters was hitting .308 with five home runs ...
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O's, Wieters agree to 1-year deal
Fox News - about 3 years
Baltimore, MD ( - The Baltimore Orioles and catcher Matt Wieters agreed to a one-year contract on Thursday, thus avoiding arbitration.Wieters batted .235 with 22 home runs and 79 RBI in 148 games for the Orioles last season
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Orioles and catcher Matt Wieters more than $2 million apart in arbitration
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The Orioles' lone remaining arbitration case has them more than $2 million apart with catcher Matt Wieters, who is represented by prominent agent Scott Boras.
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Wieters homers as Orioles hold off Blue Jays
Fox News - over 3 years
Matt Wieters homered and knocked in two runs to back a solid seven-inning outing from Miguel Gonzalez, as the Baltimore Orioles edged the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 in the rubber match of a three-game series at Camden Yards.
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Matt Wieters lauded in Peter King's 'Monday Morning Quarterback' column
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With the Ravens storming to a confidence-building win and the Orioles stumbling to another listless loss on Sunday afternoon, it sure feels like summer has turned into fall in these parts.
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Davis gets clutch hit as O's outlast Red Sox
Fox News - over 3 years
Chris Davis' two-run single in the 12th inning was the difference, as Baltimore outlasted Boston, 5-3, in the middle test of a three-game series.Matt Wieters doubled twice and drove in two, while Brian Roberts added two hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who have taken three in a row and four of five
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Uehara finally falters as Orioles clip Red Sox
Fox News - over 3 years
Matt Wieters knocked in the winning run in the ninth inning, as Baltimore clipped Boston, 3-2, in the opener of a three-game series from Fenway Park.
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Soriano hits 2 HRs as Yankees beat Orioles 7-5
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
BALTIMORE (AP) — The injuries keep mounting for the New York Yankees, who keep finding ways to win in spite of a roster shuffle that will likely continue to the final day of the season. Alfonso Soriano hit two home runs, including a tiebreaking shot in the eighth inning, and the Yankees rallied past the Baltimore Orioles 7-5 Tuesday night to end a six-game losing streak at Camden Yards. Alex Rodriguez experienced tightness in his left hamstring, catcher Austin Romine received a concussion and starting pitcher Ivan Nova was removed early because of a sore right triceps. Rodriguez led off the eighth with a double against rookie Kevin Gausman (2-5) and Robinson Cano delivered an RBI single. Soriano followed with a two-run shot to center, his 15th homer in 43 games since New York reacquired him in a July 26 trade with the Chicago Cubs. Adam Warren (2-2) pitched a perfect seventh, Shawn Kelley gave up a sacrifice fly to Matt Wieters in the eighth and Mariano Rivera got four straight ...
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Orioles-White Sox: Wieters Lifts Baltimore Over Chicago 4-3
Huffington Post - over 3 years
BALTIMORE — Matt Wieters hit a two-run single in the 10th inning to give the Baltimore Orioles a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. Pinch-hitter Henry Urrutia started the winning rally with a one-out infield single against closer Addison Reed (5-3). Pinch-runner Chris Dickerson then went all the way to third on Nick Markakis' base hit. Reed bounced back with a strikeout of Nate McLouth, but Markakis stole second and both runners scored when Wieters lined a single into right field. It was the ninth consecutive loss for the White Sox, who grabbed a 3-2 lead on Conor Gillaspie's pinch-hit homer against Tommy Hunter (4-3) in the top half of the inning. Danny Valencia had three hits and Brian Roberts homered for the Orioles, who have won three straight. They began the day two games behind Tampa Bay for the final AL wild-card slot. Baltimore was 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position before Wieters' hit. The Orioles improved to 7-5 in extra-inning games while the White ...
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White Sox-Orioles: Chicago's Skid Hits 8 With 4-0 Loss To Baltimore
Huffington Post - over 3 years
BALTIMORE — The Chicago White Sox had just dropped their eighth straight game to fall deeper into the AL Central cellar, and someone asked manager Robin Ventura if his players might be putting too much pressure on themselves to win. "I don't think they're pressing," Ventura said after a 4-0 loss to Baltimore on Friday night. "It's just the way it is. I don't know what there is to press for." Chicago doesn't have much left to play for this season, and at this juncture it's clear the White Sox are no match for teams in pursuit of a playoff berth. Chicago fell to 0-8 on a road trip that began with three losses in Boston and three more at Yankee Stadium. The White Sox have scored only one run in the first two games of this series, which runs through Sunday. In this one, Scott Feldman (5-4) pitched a five-hitter for his first career shutout and second complete game. The right-hander walked one, struck out three and allowed only one runner past first base. "We just couldn't get anything g ...
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Chris Davis Hits No. 47 In Loss
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
BOSTON -- One night after getting banged around Fenway Park, the Baltimore Orioles could only watch as pinch hitter Mike Carp's blooper feel softly onto the grass. Carp's floater dropped into left in the eighth inning, landing just beyond the glove of Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado and scoring Jarrod Saltalamacchia from second base with the tiebreaking run to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 4-3 win on Wednesday night. "I thought I had it," Machado said. "Just a little bit short. Jumped too early." Saltalamacchia hit a two-out double high off the left-field wall against Tommy Hunter (3-3) and Stephen Drew was walked intentionally before Carp's bloop fell just past the glove off Machado in short left field. One night after the Red Sox hammered Baltimore's pitching for a 13-2 win, the Orioles bullpen squandered a 3-1 lead in the seventh inning. "Luck hasn't been on our side," Machado said. "We've been struggling lately. It's been like that the whole year ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Matt Wieters
  • 2015
    Age 28
    Wieters became a free agent at the end of the 2015 season.
    More Details Hide Details On November 13, he accepted the Orioles' $15.8 million qualifying offer. On Opening Day, Wieters delivered a walk-off RBI single up the middle to score Chris Davis, as the Orioles won their sixth consecutive opening day by a score of 3-2. It was Wieters' 700th career hit and also his eighth career walk-off hit, placing him fourth on the Orioles all-time list. On June 5th, Wieters hit a 3-run single off of Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman after a 90-minute rain delay in the eighth inning, which led to an Orioles 3-1 victory. Wieters made the All-star team as the backup catcher for the AL squad, after posting a .258/.310/.418 slash with nine home runs and 37 RBIs. Wieters went 0-for-2 during the game, as the AL won 4-2. On August 14, Wieters collected a career-high five hits after going 5-for-5, scoring two runs, and having a double and triple in a 8-7 Orioles comeback victory over the San Francisco Giants. He was the first Oriole catcher since 1991 to have a 5-hit game and only the third catcher in Orioles history to do so. On August 30, Wieters hit a game-winning two-run homer against the Toronto Blue Jays in the eighth inning, securing a 5-3 victory for the Orioles.
    Wieters would end up slashing .267/.319/.422 in 75 games for the Orioles in 2015.
    More Details Hide Details He collected 69 hits, eight home runs, and also drove in 25 runs.
    Wieters began the 2015 season on the 15-day disabled list in an effort to continue recovering from last year's Tommy John surgery.
    More Details Hide Details Wieters returned to the Orioles's on June 5th and became an immediate impact in their lineup. On July 27, Wieters hit his fourth career walk off homerun, helping the Orioles's beat the Atlanta Braves by a score of 2-1.
  • 2014
    Age 27
    Wieters only played in 26 games in 2014 and was off to the best start of his career.
    More Details Hide Details In 26 games, he slashed .308/.339/.500 with five doubles, five home runs, 18 RBIs, while also scoring 13 runs. The Orioles would go on to win the division with rookie catcher Caleb Joseph and veteran catcher Nick Hundley (who the team had traded for) platooning behind the dish.
    On June 16, the Orioles announced that Wieters would undergo Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery the next day, ending his 2014 campaign.
    More Details Hide Details The surgery was successful.
    On May 11, 2014, Wieters was hitting over .300 when an elbow injury of his throwing arm put him on the 15-day disabled list.
    More Details Hide Details He was still on the disabled list on June 11, when he was the leading American League catcher in the vote to determine the All Star Game starters. Orioles broadcaster Gary Thorne reported that Wieters was unlikely to play in the All Star Game even if he won the vote.
  • 2013
    Age 26
    While Wieters did finish 2013 with a career-low batting average of .235, he also hit 22 home runs and a career-high 29 doubles, as well as leading all MLB hitters with 12 sacrifice flies.
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    On Opening Day, April 2, 2013, Wieters became the first Oriole to ever hit a home run against Tampa Bay Rays starter David Price, a two run shot in the top of the first.
    More Details Hide Details On April 18, Wieters helped to beat the Rays again by hitting a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the 10th. Wieters was the first Oriole to hit a walk off grand slam since Harold Baines in 1999.
  • 2012
    Age 25
    On July 1, 2012, Wieters was selected to represent the Orioles in the All Star Game for the second consecutive year.
    More Details Hide Details On October 30 it was announced that he had won his second consecutive Gold Glove.
    On April 16, 2012, Wieters helped the Orioles rally to beat the Chicago White Sox in 10 innings by hitting his first career grand slam.
    More Details Hide Details On May 29, Wieters was ejected for the first time in his career for arguing that two pitches thrown by Miguel Gonzalez were strikes, not balls, as ruled by home plate umpire Doug Eddings. The Orioles lost the game against the Blue Jays, 8–6.
  • 2011
    Age 24
    Wieters earned a Fielding Bible Award and a Gold Glove in 2011 as the best defensive catcher in MLB, and American League, respectively.
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  • 2010
    Age 23
    Although Wieters disappointed some observers because of his difficulties handling the Baltimore pitching staff, he established himself as a solid defensive catcher in 2010, throwing out many runners, while also hitting for power and a fairly good average at the plate.
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  • 2009
    Age 22
    Wieters hit his first career home run June 17, 2009 against the Mets, a two-run home run off of Mets starter Tim Redding.
    More Details Hide Details Wieters changed his jersey number after his rookie season from 15 to 32, which was what he wore in college at Georgia Tech.
    Wieters played his first Major League game on Friday May 29, 2009, against the Detroit Tigers.
    More Details Hide Details Wieters' first major league hit came the next night, a triple, off of Detroit's Justin Verlander.
    He was named the No. 2 prospect in MiLB by Minor League News in the MLN FAB50 Baseball 2009 rankings.
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    Wieters hit .343 in 35 spring training at bats for the Orioles in 2009, but was sent down to Triple-A Norfolk to delay the start of his service time and extend the time until he becomes eligible for salary arbitration and free agency.
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  • 2008
    Age 21
    Wieters participated in the 2008 Arizona Fall League season, playing for the Surprise Rafters.
    More Details Hide Details He was also selected to play in the Fall League's Rising Stars game.
    Wieters earned the 2008 Minor League Player of the Year honors from Baseball America.
    More Details Hide Details According to Clay Davenport's measure EqA, Wieters had one of the single best seasons in recorded minor league history. His EqAs of .301 and .349 were the highest marks in their respective leagues in the last 40 years (although this would later turn out to be partially a result of inflated league difficulty factors).
    Going into the 2008 season, he was ranked 12th by Baseball America on their 2008 Top 100 Prospects List and was the highest ranked catcher on the list.
    More Details Hide Details He attended spring training with the Orioles, starting the season with their Class A affiliate the Frederick Keys. He gained a midseason promotion to the Double-A Bowie Baysox. In 130 games for the Keys and Baysox, hit a combined .355 BA/.454 OBP/.600 SLG with 27 home runs and 91 RBI.
  • 2007
    Age 20
    Wieters was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles with the 5th overall pick of the 2007 amateur draft and signed a contract with a $6 million signing bonus on August 15, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details That winter, he played for the Honolulu Sharks, hitting .283 in 31 games with one home run, 17 runs batted in, nine doubles, one triple, 44 total bases, and 12 walks.
    He finished 2007 having played in 169 consecutive games.
    More Details Hide Details Wieters served as Tech's primary closer for his first two years and as one of two closers his junior season.
  • 2006
    Age 19
    In the summer of 2006, Wieters played for the Orleans Cardinals in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
    More Details Hide Details A switch-hitting catcher who hits in the middle of the lineup, Wieters has a good eye at the plate and has great power to all fields. Wieters finished his junior season ranked tied for sixth in the Yellow Jacket record books with 54 career doubles with 198 runs batted in along with 16 saves in his three years on the Flats. He also ranked 13th with a .359 career batting average and 418 total bases, tying for 16th with 35 home runs and 18th with 253 hits in his college career.
  • 1986
    Wieters was born on May 21, 1986 in Charleston, South Carolina.
    More Details Hide Details He played high school baseball at Stratford High School in Goose Creek. He played under Coach John Chalus, where he and the Knights made it to the AAAA state championship series. Wieters' high school team also featured future Major League Baseball player Justin Smoak. Wieters was a multi-talented star who earned numerous honors throughout his college career. He is one of just three players in Georgia Tech history to earn first-team All-America honors on at least two occasions. He was named a first-team All-America by and first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference in 2007, first-team All-America by Baseball America and second-team All-ACC in 2006, and the ACC Rookie of the Year, Freshman All-America and first-team All-ACC in 2005.
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