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Matt Turner (baseball)

William Matthew Turner (February 18, 1967 – January 27, 2019) was a middle-relief pitcher who played in Major League Baseball from 1993 through 1994. He batted and threw right-handed.

Matt Turner
Born: (1967-02-18)February 18, 1967
Lexington, Kentucky
Died: January 27, 2019(2019-01-27) (aged 51)
Lexington, Kentucky
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 23, 1993, for the Florida Marlins
Last MLB appearance
April 30, 1994, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Win–loss record5–5
Earned run average2.79


A 6' 5", 215-pound hard thrower, Turner was signed by the Atlanta Braves as a free agent in 1986. Then he was sent by Atlanta to the Houston Astros in 1991 in the same transaction that brought Jim Clancy to the Braves.[1] On October 21, 1992, Turner became the first AAA to sign with the Florida Marlins.[2] Turner made his major league debut with the Marlins in 1993 coming out from the bullpen. In 55 appearances, he went 4-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 68.0 innings. After that, he was dealt by Florida to the Cleveland Indians before 1994, his last major league season.

In a two-season career, Turner posted a 5-5 record with a 2.79 ERA and one save in 64 games.

Following his majors career, Turner pitched in the minors with the Wichita Wranglers (AA) and Omaha Royals (AAA).

Turner died on January 27, 2019 at the age of 51.[3]


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