Matthew James Albers (born January 20, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals.
Albers pitching for the Chicago White Sox in 2016
|Milwaukee Brewers – No. 43|
|Born: January 20, 1983|
|July 25, 2006, for the Houston Astros|
|MLB statistics |
(through August 14, 2019)
|Earned run average||4.26|
High school careerEdit
In late July 2006, the Astros called him up to the major leagues. Albers pitched a few games in relief, then made his first Major League start against the San Diego Padres on August 3, 2006. The Astros then sent him to the Round Rock Express of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. The Astros promoted Albers back to the major leagues when rosters expanded on September 1. In 2006, Albers was named Texas League Pitcher of the Year.
After being a starting pitcher for two years, Albers was traded to the Baltimore Orioles on December 12, 2007, as part of the Miguel Tejada trade. In the middle of the 2008 season he was placed on the 60-day disabled list.
Boston Red SoxEdit
On December 16, 2010, Albers signed a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox. With the 2011 Red Sox, he made 56 relief appearances, compiling a 4–4 record with 4.73 ERA, 68 strikeouts, and 31 RBIs, in 64 2⁄3 innings pitched.
On December 12, 2011, Albers signed a one-year deal to return to Boston, thus avoiding arbitration. During his time with the 2012 Red Sox, he had a 2.29 ERA with 25 strikeouts and 15 walks in 39 1⁄3 innings pitched; his record was 2–0 with a 2.29 ERA in 40 relief appearances.
On December 11, 2012, Albers was traded along with RP Bryan Shaw and SP Trevor Bauer to the Cleveland Indians as part of a three-way deal involving the Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds. Drew Stubbs went from the Reds to the Indians, the Arizona Diamondbacks received RP Tony Sipp and 1B Lars Anderson from the Indians, and SS Didi Gregorius from the Reds. The Cincinnati Reds received RF Shin-Soo Choo, IF Jason Donald, and $3.5 million from Cleveland.
Houston Astros (second stint)Edit
Chicago White SoxEdit
On February 13, 2015, he signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox. On April 22, 2015, Albers was involved in a bench-clearing brawl against the Kansas City Royals. Albers suffered a fractured finger trying to escape the fracas, which placed him on the 15-day disabled list.
On January 21, 2016, Albers signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract. On June 1, 2016, Albers hit a double in the 13th inning, advanced on a wild pitch, and scored on a sacrifice fly. It proved to be the winning run as the White Sox won against the Mets 2–1.
Albers signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Washington Nationals for the 2017 season. He was released on March 27, 2017, despite giving up no earned runs over 11 2⁄3 innings. The Nationals resigned Albers, and promoted him to the major leagues on April 9. On May 5, 2017, Albers recorded his first career save in a 4–2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Albers' wife Tara was eight months pregnant with the couple's second child when Hurricane Harvey hit the region in August 2017. She and their son evacuated to Dallas as a result of the storm. Albers partnered with Washington Nationals teammate Anthony Rendon, a fellow Houstonian, to set up a YouCaring fundraiser page to raise money for donations to the Houston Food Bank in the wake of the hurricane.
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- Janes, Chelsea (January 31, 2017). "Nationals sign righties Joe Nathan and Matt Albers to minor league deals". Washington Post. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
- Reddington, Patrick (March 27, 2017). "Washington Nationals announce Joe Nathan and Matt Albers have been unconditionally released..." Federal Baseball. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- MLBRosterMoves [@MLBRosterMoves] (April 9, 2017). ".@Nationals select RHP Matt Albers from Triple-A Syracuse, designate RHP Jeremy Guthrie for assignment" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "After 12 years and 102 games finished, Matt Albers finally recorded his very first save". MLB.com. May 5, 2017. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
- "PITCHf/x Player Card: Matt Albers". BrooksBaseball.net. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
- Janes, Chelsea (August 28, 2017). "Houston natives Anthony Rendon, Matt Albers struggle with Hurricane Harvey from afar". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
- Zuckerman, Mark (August 30, 2017). "Albers, Rendon try to balance baseball with families in Houston". MASN Sports. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
- Newman, Mark; Thornburg, Chad (August 31, 2017). "Victims receiving donations from across MLB". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
- Tinsman, Brian (August 29, 2017). "D.C. Athletes Donate, Raise Money for Harvey Relief". CBS DC. WUSA. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
- Tufts, Abigail (August 30, 2017). "Houston natives Rendon and Albers set up relief fund for victims of Hurricane Harvey". Nationals Buzz. Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. Retrieved November 15, 2017.