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Matt Duffy (baseball, born 1989)

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Matt Duffy
Free agent
Third baseman / First baseman
Born: (1989-02-06) February 6, 1989 (age 30)
Boston, Massachusetts
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: September 16, 2015, for the Houston Astros
NPB: March 31, 2017, for the Chiba Lotte Marines
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Batting average.273
Home runs0
Runs batted in3
NPB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Batting average.201
Hits33
Home runs6
Runs batted in18
Teams

Matthew Edward Duffy (born February 6, 1989) is an American professional baseball corner infielder, who is currently a free agent. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros, and in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Chiba Lotte Marines.

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The history of the San Francisco Giants is legendary. And the Latino players who have passed through this team are the main reason. In my years as the Spanish broadcaster of this organization I have had the honor of getting to know excellent Latino players, but more importantly, humble people who have a great history. Human beings who have turned a dream into reality and to know them more we have sat down with them to hold a Conversación Gigante. Jose Luis Alguacil is the current first base coach of the San Francisco Giants He was appointed on November 7, 2016. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, he played in the minor leagues for the Giants and the Chicago White Sox while also spending time in the independent leagues. He made his debut in the big leagues not as a player but as a coach. He played a role in the development of Venezuelan Pablo Sandoval when Sandoval ascended through the Giants system and helped in the development of Brandon Crawford, Joe Panik, Brandon Belt, Matt Duffy, and Austin Slater among others. His dream was to get to the major leagues but his destiny had other plans to develop an important plan as a mentor and coach with the Giants. Well, here we are one more time in another Giant Conversation and obviously, now we have another Giant, Jose Alguacil. Jose, really, than you very much for these minutes. The interview's purpose is to get to know you better. To get to know who is Jose Luis Alguacil. First of all, thank you for having me and congratulations on your new program. I think it's a good idea and hopefully this is the beginning of a very long future. We hope so, and we want to know what Jose does, not only inside the playing field, but also know how you got here. And most important, knowing about your childhood. When you were growing up in Venezuela. I'm from Caracas, Venezuela, I was raised there. I lived behind the baseball stadium. And I always felt the sound, the light in the night. You knew when there was a game. First, because the lights reflected on my house. And the sound was... You can just imagine. I always said: "Someday I'll play in that stadium". I always said: "Someday I'll play in that stadium". And I always looked at the lights and I dreamt. Which is the most beautiful thing when you're a child. When you dream. Then I started playing baseball on the street, I played with friends, with rubber balls. We made balls with socks. with rubber balls. We made balls with socks. Old socks. Sometimes we took new socks and we got into trouble. Because we had to grab some tape and "pabilo". It's like a wick thread we used to tighten the sock. We put a rock inside, we tightened the sock and we covered it with tape. That's how I started to grow around this baseball environment. That's how I started to grow around this baseball environment. Then my brother started playing in an organized league. My parents enrolled me there too. My parents were always a great support, they took us to the games And I dreamt that I was going to play there and I got the chance to play with that team. Many years later. That's very interesting, the parent's support is always very important so you can at least see if you can achieve your dreams. How was life like? Where did your parents worked there in Venezuela? My father was Spanish, he passed out more than two years ago. When he was 19 he arrived to Venezuela with only five bolivars in his pocket. But then my father built his life, he started riding trucks. Then he was a taxi driver and then he created his own company with tourists from the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. My mother worked with a lady. She worked doing many things. It was a wealthy lady, and she worked in administrative labors. She managed the house of the lady. And as a humble family, they were able to enroll my brother and me in a private school, from the primary school until the university. If you weren't a baseball player, what would you have liked to be? There was a time where the army got my interest. But then when I went to college... I have always liked numbers. I studied economy for two years. But I didn't graduate because I was working on baseball and it was full time. When I came here to the U.S. and came back to Venezuela-- I played in Venezuela. And when I was 18 I was signed by Toronto, by the organization of the Blue Jays. Then I went to Dominican Republic for one and a half year and then they left me. And when they released me, I thought about getting back to college. I said: "I'll finish my studies. That way I'll have something that nobody can take from me". and then my parents told me too: "Just give it a try. You have nothing to loose. You are still young to finish your studies. You're 20 and you've studied in college for two years. You can finish them. When you're 23, you'll be graduated." Then I tried and the San Francisco Giants gave me chance to play and I really think that's the best thing that ever happened in my life, Tell me how was that transition. The Giants sign you, Minor Leagues, the adapting process to a new culture, the language, the food. Well, it was actually a really hard transition. From the first time I came here... It was a dream. I had never been to the US. I came here, I saw everything around. It was like heaven. It was like heaven. The first day I arrived to the stadium, I remember being in the field N° 1, and I was supposed to be in the field N° 4. I was standing there and one of the couches was calling names on the list and I noticed he didn't say my name. When he finished I asked: "Look, my name isn't in the list". And he told me: "No, you have to be in field N° 4." And I started running, I got to the fourth and I was late. I tought: "Wow, I'm starting off on the wrong foot. This can not happen." After that day, I went to the mall and to the bookstore. The first thing that I did was buying a dictionary. And I said to myself: "Everyday, I have to learn a new English word." I started talking with other Americans and there was this American guy, I'll never forget his name, Jeff Martin, he was a pitcher and he spoke Spanish. But I told Jeff Martin: "I'll pick a word every day and the next day when I come I'll tell you the word, and you'll try to help me with pronunciation and you give me a word to go home. I'll find it in the dictionary and i'll bring two the next day. That's how I did it. Another friend of mine told me to watch cartoons. To watch the cartoons. I asked him: "But why?" He told me those were baby steps. It's language for kids. And I agreed. Then I checked the dictionary, I spoke to Americans and I saw cartoons in the afternoon. It's unbelievable when you say that carttons helped you to learn English, because when I got here I watched Sesame Street a lot. And that helped me a lot, because sure, it's a kid's show. They teach numbers, letters, and you start adapting, and you have to find the way to improve. Because translators won't be with you all the time. Do you remember your debut in the major leagues? My debut in the major leagues was as a coach. It was two years ago that I was here full time. And I will never forget it, because, as being part of the staff, I took a line drive to the face. Just imagine, thanks God nothing happened to me. I went to surgery but I'm OK, I have no problems at all, but... I will never forget that. And it was a dream come true. Not as a player but as a coach. So, before meeting the Giants, before that, you had experience with other organizations, right? National Expos, you worked next to Frank Robinson. I played six or seven years here with the Giants in Minor Leagues. I told him: "I still don't feel ready for coaching". Then I went there and I played a couple of years. I went to an independent league, then I came back to play with the white socks. I got a back injury and that was the end of my career. I played in the minor leagues for 11 years. And I had played in Venezuela, my last year with Leones del Caracas, and Mani Acta was the manager. I remember that after I did my rehab with the back and stuff, I called Mani Acta and asked him if he had something. I asked him to give me the chance to do the rehab and see if I still could bring something to the game. And he told me: "I'll call you back in five". In less than two minutes the phone rang and he asked if I was willing to coach. I told him: "Now you vive me five minutes. Let me talk about it with my wife." And we got to an agreement and I called him. And he told me: "OK, look, we've got a chance for you with the Montreal Expos." Ans I said OK. I went to Florida, I got the job and I started my career as a coach. I had the chance to know Frank Robinson, also in that organization, who became one of my great mentors. He recently passed away. I really learned so much with Frank. After having four, five years in the organization, I was invited to major leagues to be in the season with... I was invited to major leagues to be in the season with... Zimmerman and other baseball players that were there. But the better thing to do was being next to Zimmerman, helping him and I did it. Then Frank wanted me to stay as part of his staff, but that didn't happen, then Frank was taken out from there. And I spent one more year with the Expos. And they let me go. Then I came to the San Francisco Giants. In which year you came to the Giants? In 2007 I think. When did you start doing the roving, being the coach of the infielders? I was the coordinator of infield in the organization of the Nationals for five years. There I had the chance in many opportunities of being the infield coordinator and also director. When they told me they were'nt bringing me back, several teams called me. One of them was the San Francisco Giants. By the way, Jack Haier called me and he aske me how important it was Jack called me quickly and told me: "We've got you a job as coordinator but we want you to stay with us in the Rookie this year so you can help a kid that we signed from Dominican Republic. We invested a lot on him and we want you to help him." He was Angel Villalona. And that whole year I got to spend time at home. I came back home, I always spoke wonders about the San Francisco Giants and that's how I started my career as infielders coach for the San Francisco Giants. So you saw Brandon Crawford get born. You saw Joe Panik, you saw Kelby Tomlison, you saw Brandon Belt. How many I forgot? There was a moment that like 19 infielders wen through the minor leagues. The ones who arrived here were Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Crawford, Joe Panik, Brandon Belt, Tomlinson, Adrianza... Well, Boca was here too, and many others were here. We actually had a great round of many infielders who reached major leagues and that makes me really proud and makes me work harder. I said: "If we can produce each player in my hands from here to the major leagues, we'll be doing a good job." I imagine that you may feel so proud when you see Brandon Crawford getting a Golden Glove, having Joe Panik winning Golden Gloves, and as Marvin Benard says: "To win a Golden Glove in the short you need half of that Glove on first base." Because eventually, some day Brandon Belt may win a Golden Glove. Absolutely. When I actually saw Brandon Crawford in the minor leagues, I said "wow, this one looks like a Latino with those moves, his way of playing." And I actually put that on my report. I said "this baseball player is going to win a Golden Glove." I saw I needed to do some adjustments. I talked to him, then he got to the hands of Ronny Wotus. I played for Ron Wotus. I've always taught thet Brandon Belt can have a Golden Glove. The one who surprised me the most was Joe Panik; it's not that I didn't like him, but he was [INAUDIBLE] then we moved him to second base and I remember he made adjustment just fine, the triple A. I instructed him some program he had to follow. He followed it all the season and when I saw him in triple A He followed it all the season and when I saw him in triple A being double play, I said "wow, he's going to be one of the best baseball players making double play. And when he won the Golden Glove, just imagine. I felt really proud. And most of all being my first year here in the Giants team full time. I was there by the moment they got the Golden Glove. That was a huge satisfaction for me. I remember the year that Joe Panik got to the major leagues, it was 2014, the Giants were through eight second basemen. Because they got injured. Adrianza, who got his chance, got injured, and I think that by that time, the giants didn't have any other choices. And they had to reach to double A and they brought Joe Panik in. Imagine. Joe Panik did a job... I dont know if many people were expecting that, but it was one of the reasons the Giants won that World Series in 2014. The Giants place you as coach in first base. I see you here in Spring Training and I see you working with Joe Amalfitano. And I was asking because sometimes we think that being first base coach is an easy job. Sometimes we think: "No, he's just standing there to grab the gloves, the pads... Just standing there. Close to the player." But there's a big responsiility in that position and I think that's what you were doing with Joe Malfitano, right? When I take the job, I had never had experience on first base. I've always had experience on third base. I've been like 12 years there and if I'm going to do something, I have to feel that I'm one of the best. Then I called Joe. He's been... my mentor, first on third base and he know baseball very well, and I told him: Then we started talking I always stayed with him, he told me what to look at how to look at infielders, what I had to look for and many things that I can't say today to the camera, but when I'm retired I'll say that in camera. Let's talk a little bit about the play last year Let's talk a little bit about the play last year when Hanson scored from first base. Obviously people yelling, the ball went off, it was thrown badly in first, Hanson running, what were you doing as a first base coach by that moment? Well, you know I come close to the runner in first base and I let him know the pitcher trendencies. Who were in the outfielders, where they are, who's got a good arm, with all of that we comment before the game starts sometimes they get so many things in their head that we try to calm them down in first base. It's always good to tell them where they are. In this case, it was a bad throw, so if the throw is bad, the railfield has to come down and with Hanson speed... I told him "if there's a bad shot here, run." Until [INAUDIBLE] stops you." to first. Sometimes there are one that take more time. I remember them all those things during the pitching. By that moment, the shot went through here and Hanson got to score. It's unbelievable, right? When you're playing, the infield It's unbelievable, right? When you're playing, the infield or the hittler, the outfielders, they have to anticipate what could happen. So, I'm surprised that you as coaches are not there to tell them "run because the ball has gone." It's more anticipating what could happen so the player is aware to react. Absolutely. I mean, intincts will make you react, but if you put in the player's mind what can happen, it'll get easier. And that's what we try to do when we're on the base. At least I've got the chance to talk to the player between pitches, and we try to say "he moved over here, with the counting he moved towards the other band, he went slightly back, he moved forward, he's got a good arm. If there's a hit over here, the second baseman moved, make sure he doesn't touch you, with the line drive ." We try to tell them all that in that moment. It's not like you say that many people think that we're there to pick the helmet or to burn the grass. to tell them to do something. Perfect. Look, it's unbelievable, fascinanting what we've shared and we know that reaching the place you're in now hasn't been easy. You have to work, to never give up. That goes for everything in life. We know there may be some little boy who has a dream to reach the major leagues, what's your advise for them? To dream big. It's the most beautiful thing as human beings, as children, to dream because dreams can come true. In my case, I've knew many people who have helped me. I've had the joy to cross with many people. With Frank Robinson, I never thought that he'd be part of my life and he would help me. Because he actually told me many things in my life, and everything he's told me has came true. To be with Felipe Alou that... when you talk to him, he hands you the information and he helps you. He's a person that means so much for the Latino community. And I truly respect him. When in my life would I think that I'd know Willy May. Willie McCovey. All those people like that, it's like wow. That's why I say dream big. And so many players that when I went to the stadium as a child I tried to mimic them and I had the chance to play with those players that I had tried to mimic being a child. Maybe they're close to retirement, but I had the chance to be with them there. Agui, thank you very much. really, thanks for your time and I hope it's not the last time. Thanks to you. Thank you.

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Career

Houston Astros

Duffy attended Saint Sebastian's School in Needham, Massachusetts.[1] He enrolled at the University of Vermont and played college baseball for the Vermont Catamounts in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, Duffy was named the America East Conference's Player of the Year. After Vermont discontinued its baseball team, he transferred to the University of Tennessee and played for the Tennessee Volunteers for two years.[2]

The Houston Astros selected Duffy in the 20th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. In 2015, he was named the Pacific Coast League (PCL) MVP.[3]

Duffy was called up to the majors for the first time on September 14, 2015.[4]

On Friday, October 2, 2015, Duffy contributed to Houston Astros history, breaking the club record by surpassing 20 runs in a game with his two-run single off A.J. Schugel for Houston's final runs against the Arizona Diamondbacks.[5]

Texas Rangers

On July 16, 2016, Duffy was designated for assignment by the Astros[6] and claimed by the Texas Rangers on July 23, 2016.[7]

Chiba Lotte Marines

On November 14, 2016, Duffy signed with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball.[8]

References

  1. ^ `"MLB's two Matt Duffys both played in Cape League". Cape Cod Baseball League. September 21, 2015. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  2. ^ "Former UVM standout Duffy promoted by Astros". The Burlington Free Press. September 14, 2015. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  3. ^ Moreno, Angel (September 3, 2015). "Fresno Grizzlies' Matt Duffy named MVP of Pacific Coast League". The Fresno Bee. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  4. ^ Drellich, Evan (September 13, 2015). "Astros to promote infielder Matt Duffy from Class AAA Fresno". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  5. ^ |url=http://www.astrosdaily.com/history/2015/%7C
  6. ^ Wilmoth, Charlie (July 16, 2016). "Astros Designate Matt Duffy For Assignment". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  7. ^ "Former Astros utility player Matt Duffy signs with Rangers". Retrieved 2016-07-23.
  8. ^ Todd, Jeff (November 14, 2016). "Minor MLB Transactions: 11/14/16". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved November 14, 2016.

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