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#1 Posted : 18 May 2019 05:58:01(UTC)
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during his time with the D-Backs"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Diamondbacks Farm TeamsGameday ThreadsDiamondbacks NewsDiamondbacks Game ReportsFang FoodFarewell , Jeff MathisNew,18commentsA look back on Jeff Mathis’s most memorable moments during his time with the D-BacksByNate RowanNov 18, 2018,4:12pm ESTShareTweetShareShareFarewell, Jeff MathisMathis celebrates a walk-off single against the DodgersMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsThursday afternoon, Jeff Mathis signed a two-year deal with the Texas Rangers, ending his two-year stint with the Diamondbacks. I am sad to see him go; I suppose I have a soft spot for light-hitting, defense-first catchers (hello, Tuffy Gosewisch!). Since his departure will not get nearly the attention of A.J. Pollock’s or Patrick Corbin’s, let’s take a look back on Jeff’s top moments as a Diamondback.First Impressions Are KeyMathis’s best game as a D-Back was perhaps his first. On Opening Day of 2017, the 35-year-old had the first hit of Arizona’s season, a triple off the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner in the bottom of the sixth inning. He would subsequently score the first run of the year on a single by Nick Ahmed, igniting a late comeback. However, his day was not done. He tacked on a single in the 7th, but his biggest at-bat came in the 9th. Trailing 5-4, representing the Diamondbacks’ final out, Mathis drove a double to left-center, the first of four consecutive two-out hits to give the D-Backs a 6-5 walk-off victory. The game was one of two in Jeff’s Diamondbacks career in which he had multiple extra-base hits. A Wild BuntIn a game with thrill after thrill, it is easy to forget about a bunt single. However, Mathis’s clever play was one of the more surprising moments of the game. In the bottom of the 8th, Mathis stepped up to the plate with two outs, runners on first and third, Chase Field still rocking from A.J. Pollock’s triple two batters ago to put Arizona up 10-7. The Rockies had just disrespected Mathis by intentionally walking Daniel Descalso, and on the first pitch...... a bunt RBI single to make the game 11-7 Blake Treinen Jersey , allowing D-Backs fans to breathe a little easier about the upcoming Fernando Rodney Experience. The secondary headline on the Cespedes Family BBQ video brings me much joy: “Mathis’ bunt makes Jake and Jordan lose their minds.”Adios, ClaytonTwo days later, Mathis produced an even more surprising at-bat. In Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers, the D-Backs entered the 7th inning trailing 7-2 against the best pitcher of his generation. Hope was not abundant. After a Ketel Marte solo shot made it a 4-run deficit, Mathis entered the box with the bases empty. Again on the first pitch...... Mathis knocked Kershaw out of the game and injected hope into D-Backs fans. He also stunned Twitter: Good Night, FolksExactly one year after his 3-for-4 debut with the D-Backs, Mathis was the hero in the most memorable regular season game that I have witnessed in person. He was not in the starting lineup that night, watching from the bench as Chris Owings hit a 3-run homer with two outs in the 9th to tie the game at 6-6. The two sides exchanged zeroes for the next five innings, and during the 14th a question that has always nagged me was answered: yes, there is a 14th inning stretch. After Chase Utley drove in a run off Fernando Salas in the 15th inning, the D-Backs needed an answer to avoid losing what was at the time the longest game in Chase Field history. Nick Ahmed doubled home Jake Lamb to tie the game at 7, and after an intentional walk of Alex Avila, Jeff Mathis was brought in to pinch hit for Salas. At 12:25 AM, Mathis drove a ball into the left-center gap to send the exhausted fans home with a memory they’ll never forget.In a Gatorade-soaked interview with Fox Sports Arizona’s Kate Longworth after the game, Mathis stated “I was going in to pitch the next inning, and I really didn’t want to do that.”Role-ReversalLittle did Jeff know, he would end up pitching about three months later in a contest that overtook his walk-off win for longest Chase Field game. At least this one was during the day. Mathis went 2-for-6 at the plate with an RBI-double, but this game is notable for his work at the mound. Having used 8 pitchers in relief, including starter Zack Godley, Jeff Mathis was given the ball in the 16th, game tied at 3. I cannot recall another occasion that I have seen a position player pitch in a non-blowout. Most position players seem to throw in the 60s or low 70s; Mathis was throwing HEAT, clocking 86 on the gun. He got a lineout against the first batter, followed by a strikeout looking(!) against Carlos Asuaje.Unfortunately, Wil Myers took Mathis deep to right-center after a 9-pitch at-bat to give San Diego a 4-3 lead. In the bottom half of the inning Chris Hatcher Jersey , Mathis came up to the plate with Ketel Marte standing on second base. Had Mathis homered, he would have given himself the win in possibly the greatest result in baseball history. Unfortunately, it was not to be, and Mathis would be tagged with the loss.To close, a tweet from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports:“Most-respected catcher -- maybe the most-respected fielder period -- in baseball.” Best of luck in Texas, Jeff. The Giants didn't sell at the trade deadline, but they didn't buy either, and with a 55-54 record, they sit five games back in fourth place in the NL West standings. In other words, it's hard to see them climbing back into the playoff picture between now and Aug. 31.As an upcoming free agent with a $14.75 million salary, Andrew McCutchen looks like a prime candidate to be dumped by a Giants team that is up against the luxury tax threshold.According to Jon Paul Morosi of, the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and Cleveland Indians all showed some level of interest in the veteran outfielder leading up to the deadline.The Indians addressed their outfield need by acquiring Leonys Martin from the Detroit Tigers, but Yankees and Phillies could still be potential fits.The 31-year-old McCutchen is hitting .258/.353/.413 for a 109 OPS+ with 24 doubles, 11 home runs and 44 RBI. Defensive metrics have also been much kinder to his work in right field, compared to his struggles in center field the past few seasons.SP Matt Harvey, Cincinnati RedsJohn Minchillo/Associated PressIt came as something of a surprise that Matt Harvey was not traded ahead of the non-waiver deadline.The rebuilding Reds picked him up in a no-risk trade with the Mets that sent expensive backup catcher Devin Mesoraco out of town, and little was expected from the former All-Star when he joined the team sporting a 7.00 ERA.However, he's gone 5-4 with a 4.44 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 56 strikeouts in 73 innings over 14 starts since joining the Reds, and in a thin market for starting pitching, more than a few teams were interested, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.Cincinnati general manager Dick Williams explained the team's position to reporters after the deadline passed and Harvey stayed put:"He's a free agent at the end of the year. We understand that and are open to moving him if the appropriate deal comes along. We said all along, you can't execute a good trade if you put yourself in a position of feeling like you have to have one done by the end of the day. We set , what we thought, were appropriate parameters and we held to it. In the interim, he is very much bringing positive contributions to our team."It sounds like they're happy to have him but more than open to trading him, so a deal could yet be made between now and his first foray into free agency.3B Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue JaysDerik Hamilton/Associated PressAn injury-plagued season from former AL MVP Josh Donaldson has cost the Blue Jays what would have been one of the most valuable trade chips on the market.The free-agent-to-be has been sidelined since May 28 with a left calf injury, but he's expected to return at some point in August.Will he have enough time to prove to a contender that he's capable of making an impact?His $23 million salary and sketchy health situation make him a safe bet to clear waivers, so it will come down to whether the Blue Jays get an offer that's more attractive than the draft pick compensation that would come with extending him a qualifying offer at the onset of the upcoming offseason.The 32-year-old is undoubtedly the wild card of the waiver-trade period.Other Waiver Trade Candidates:OF Jose Bautista (NYM), 3B Adrian Beltre (TEX), RP Jerry Blevins (NYM), C A.J. Ellis (SD), SP Marco Estrada (TOR), 2B Logan Forsythe (MIN), SP Gio Gonzalez (WAS), OF Curtis Granderson (TOR), SP Jeremy Hellickson (WAS), SS Jose Iglesias (DET), RP Francisco Liriano (DET), C Devin Mesoraco (NYM), RP Bud Norris (STL), SP Ervin Santana (MIN), SP James Shields (CWS) All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted.
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