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Matt Herges
Matt herges Cleveland01.JPG
Herges with the Cleveland Indians
San Francisco Giants – No. 77
Relief pitcher / Coach
Born: (1970-04-01) April 1, 1970 (age 49)
Champaign, Illinois
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 3, 1999, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 2009, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
Win–loss record43–35
Earned run average3.91
Strikeouts473
Teams

Matthew Tyler Herges (born April 1, 1970) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, Florida Marlins, Colorado Rockies, and Cleveland Indians between 1999 and 2009. He is one of only two players, along with Steve Finley, to play for all five National League West teams. Herges is an alumnus of Illinois State University and is the brother-in-law of former Major League Baseball player Todd Hollandsworth. He is currently the bullpen coach for the San Francisco Giants.

Herges warming up in the bullpen
Herges warming up in the bullpen

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I JUST WANTED ONE DAY IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES. AND IT GOT TO THE POINT WHERE I LITERALLY WOULD HAVE DONE ANYTHING, AND I DID. THAT FIRST DAY, WHEN THAT NEEDLE WENT IN… VERY DARK TIME. IT WAS… IT WAS LIKE A BLANKET OF JUST DARK. MIDWESTERN TOWN, CATHOLIC FAMILY, EIGHT KIDS, MOM AND DAD. DAD WORKED LIKE CRAZY. MOM WAS AND STILL IS AN EARTHLY ANGEL… AMAZING… WOMAN… SHE’S…SHE’S REALLY… THE PERSON I… SHE INTRODUCED ME TO JESUS. SHE…I SAW CHRIST IN HER; AND THAT’S WHAT WAS ATTRACTIVE TO ME. YEAH, WENT TO ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY, RED SHIRT FRESHMAN. MY JUNIOR YEAR, 1992, DID NOT GET DRAFTED. GOT A CALL FROM THE DODGERS, GLEN VAN PROYEN WAS THE SCOUT, AND HE SAID, “HEY, THERE’S NO…. WE NEED A COUPLE BODIES IN OUR SHORT SEASON A CLUB. THERE’S NO GUARANTEE’S HERE; DO YOU WANT TO PLAY SOME PRO BALL?” I SAID, “YEAH.” 1992, 1999, AFTER EIGHT YEARS IN THE MINOR LEAGUE I FINALLY GOT MY FIRST CALL. THE YEAR BEFORE I GOT THAT CALL UP TO THE BIG LEAGUES IN 1999 I WENT DOWN TO AUSTRALIA TO PLAY IN WINTER BALL. TIME IS RUNNING OUT, CLOCKWISE, GETTING OLDER, 28 AT THE TIME; AND A LONG TIME TO BE IN THE MINOR LEAGUE WITHOUT BEING RELEASED… OR MAKING IT. SO, NOT THAT I STARTED PANICKING BUT I STARTED GETTING DESPERATE. AND I MET A GENTLEMAN AT THE GYM AND HE WAS A BIG BODYBUILDER GUY. AND I SAID, "WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT STEROIDS?” AND THAT’S THE ROAD I STARTED TAKING. THE MORE I GOT INTO IT, IN TERMS OF WHERE MY MIND WAS GOING WITH IT, THE FURTHER I WAS PULLING AWAY FROM GOD. TO THE POINT WHERE I MADE THE DECISION, “I’M GONE… I’M DOING IT.” AND IT WAS… IT WAS A HORRIBLE, SHAMEFUL FEELING. IT WAS… IT WAS OPPRESSIVE. YEAH, IT WAS LIKE A BLACK BLANKET OF JUST SHAME. AND IT WAS MY SECRET, IT WAS THAT... THERE’S GOING TO BE NO CONFESSION… AT ALL. FIRST DAY I MET MY WIFE WE HAD A MEANINGFUL CONVERSATION; THE FIRST MEANINGFUL CONVERSATION. IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE, BECAUSE SHE LITERALLY FLAT OUT SAID, “HAVE YOU EVER DONE STEROIDS?” AND IT WAS AN IMMEDIATE “NO, NO NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT.” AND SO I CARRIED THAT FOR YEARS. I’M A CHRISTIAN, I’M A CHRIST FOLLOWER. HOW THE CONDITION OF MY HEART GOT SO HARDENED TO WHERE I CAN SAY, “YOU KNOW WHAT? I GOT IT NOW. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, I DON’T THINK YOU CAN… I CAN’T TRUST YOU TO GETTING ME TO MY DREAM HERE. I’M GOING TO TAKE IT INTO MY OWN HANDS.” THAT’S WHAT… NOW, THAT’S WHAT KILLS ME THE MOST. THAT’S WHAT HURTS THE MOST. THE FACT THAT I COULD DO THAT. YEAH, THERE’S NO DOUBT THAT HE LOVES US MORE THAN WE CAN EVER IMAGINE. GEORGE MITCHELL, FORMER SENATOR WAS COMMISSIONED TO LOOK IN TO PERFORMANCE ENHANCING USE IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL. THE HORROR OF BEING FOUND OUT, KNOWING THAT I’M ABOUT READY TO BE FOUND OUT. NO SLEEP. JUST THAT HORRIBLE PIT IN YOUR STOMACH AND THEN WHEN I SAW MY NAME SCROLL ACROSS THE BOTTOM OF THE TV IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE. IT WAS LIKE, “OKAY,” IT WAS LIKE A WEIGHT LIKE I NEVER FELT BEING LIFTED. IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE, AND I NEVER, THAT I NIGHT I NEVER SLEPT BETTER… NEVER SLEPT BETTER. IT HAD BEEN ALL ABOUT ME. AND ALL ABOUT WHERE I WANTED TO GO. NOTHING ELSE MATTERED. PEOPLE DIDN’T MATTER AS MUCH. I MEAN, IT WAS ABOUT ME. AND DISGUSTING; IT DISGUSTED ME. NOW, PLAYING CAREER OVER. BEING FOUND OUT... A FATHER... A HUSBAND. WHAT DRIVES ME NOW IS THE PEOPLE THAT I’M IN CONTACT WITH DAILY. HOW CAN I LOVE THEM? HOW CAN I BE A WITNESS FOR JESUS? WHAT, HOW CAN I MAKE JESUS ATTRACTIVE TO THE PEOPLE I’M AROUND EVERY DAY? THE PLAYERS, THE COACHES, THE EXECUTIVES… HOW CAN I MAKE JESUS FAMOUS? BECAUSE MY WHOLE LIFE I WAS JUST TRYING TO MAKE MYSELF FAMOUS. HOW CAN I MAKE JESUS FAMOUS IN WHAT I’M DOING? I THINK THAT’S WHAT DRIVES ME NOW.

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Career

Los Angeles Dodgers

Herges was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1992. He began his career with the Yakima Bears in 1992, then played with the Bakersfield Dodgers (1993) and Vero Beach Dodgers (1994).

Herges went to spring training as a replacement player in 1995 when the Major League Baseball Players' Association was on strike. As a result, he was barred from membership in the Association for the rest of his career, depriving him of certain revenue sharing sources available to other players.

Herges remained in the Dodgers farm system after the strike, playing for the San Bernardino Spirit (1995), San Antonio Missions (1995–1996) and Albuquerque Dukes (1996–1999).

He also played with the Adelaide Giants in the Australian Baseball League during the 1999 off-season.[1]

Herges made his Major League Baseball debut later that year with the Dodgers on August 3 against the Houston Astros, allowing 1 unearned run in 1.2 innings of relief. He only played in 17 games in 1999 but became a full-time member of the Dodgers bullpen the next season. He picked up his first win on April 21, 2000 against the Cincinnati Reds and went on to win his first 8 decisions. His first loss was on August 7 against the Chicago Cubs, his first game as a starting pitcher.

Between 1999 and 2001, he appeared in 151 games for the Dodgers, including starting 4 games in 2000. He posted a 20–13 record and a 3.38 ERA.

Herges went into spring training in 2002 expecting to be the Dodgers closer after the retirement of Jeff Shaw.[2] However, he pitched poorly in spring training games, with some speculating that it was due to the Dodgers failure to sign him to a contract extension.[3] He wound up losing the role to converted starter Éric Gagné.[4]

Montreal Expos

The Dodgers traded Herges to the Montreal Expos on March 23, 2002 in exchange for Guillermo Mota and Wilkin Ruan. He pitched in 62 games for the Expos, with a 2–5 record and 4.04 ERA with 6 saves.

San Diego Padres

Herges was traded by the Expos to the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 20, 2002 for Chris Young.[5] However the Pirates released him on March 26, 2003 after he was unable to win a roster spot in spring training.[6] The San Diego Padres signed him as a free agent a few days later, on April 1. He pitched in 40 games with the Padres, with a 2–2 record and 2.86 ERA.

San Francisco Giants

Herges was traded by the Padres to the San Francisco Giants on July 13, 2003 for Clay Hensley and cash. He pitched with the Giants for parts of 3 seasons. He was the primary setup man for most of that time, but also picked up 23 saves in 2004 when he filled in at closer for the injured Robb Nen.[7] He pitched in a total of 118 games for the Giants, with an ERA of 4.30 and a 6–6 record.

Arizona Diamondbacks

The Giants traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 3, 2005 in exchange for Doug DeVore.[8] Herges appeared in just 7 games with the Diamondbacks and allowed 12 earned runs to score in 8 innings for a 13.50 ERA. He was promptly designated for assignment on June 18.[9] He cleared waivers and reported to the AAA Tucson Sidewinders, where he appeared in 26 games the rest of the season with a 1–2 record and 3.14 ERA.

Florida Marlins

Herges became a free agent after the 2005 season and signed with the Florida Marlins. He appeared in 66 games for the Marlins, with a 2–3 record and 4.31 ERA.

Colorado Rockies

Herges warming up
Herges warming up

Herges signed as a free agent with the Colorado Rockies on February 18, 2007. With this signing, he joined outfielder Steve Finley in being one of only two players in MLB history to play for every team within a five-team division. Herges has appeared for every team in the National League West. He tied this record on April 19, 2007.

He split the 2007 season between the Rockies and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in AAA and then played the whole 2008 season with the Rockies. He appeared in the 2007 World Series as a member of the Rockies, pitching 3​13 scoreless innings in relief against the Boston Red Sox.

Cleveland Indians

He signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians that contained a spring training invite on January 16, 2009.[10] He began the season with the Columbus Clippers and was promoted to the Indians on May 6.[11] In 21 games with the Indians, he was 2–1 with a 3.55 ERA before he was designated for assignment on July 4.[12]

Return to the Colorado Rockies

After his release by the Indians, he re-signed with the Rockies to a minor league deal on July 20, 2009.[13] He pitched in 13 games for Colorado Springs and another 9 for the Rockies.

Kansas City Royals

He signed as a minor league free agent with the Kansas City Royals on January 10, 2010. He did not play for the Royals but spent the entire season in AAA with the Omaha Royals, where he was 9–4 with a 4.63 ERA in 43 appearances and also started 5 games. He retired after the season.

Coaching

He was hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a minor league pitching instructor in 2011[14] and was the pitching coach for the Arizona League Dodgers. For 2012 he was promoted to be the pitching coach for the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. After three seasons with the Quakes, he was promoted to be the pitching coach with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League.[15] In 2016, Herges was promoted again, to the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers of the Pacific Coast League.[16] He is currently the bullpen coach for the San Francisco Giants.

Steroid use

After he was mentioned in the Mitchell Report, Herges admitted that he had used steroids and Human Growth Hormone during his career.[17]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Flintoff and Dunn Alamanac". Pflintoff.com. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  2. ^ Jason Reid (August 14, 2003). "Shaw Mentoring Herges as Closer". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  3. ^ "Matt Herges Los Angeles Dodgers, Right-hander". Articles.orlandosentinel.com. March 14, 2002. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  4. ^ Sarah's Take: Eric Gagne
  5. ^ "Pirates trade for Matt Herges". Upi.com. December 20, 2002. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "Herges cut despite 1.93 ERA". Reds.enquirer.com. March 27, 2003. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  7. ^ Notes: Life goes on for Herges
  8. ^ San Francisco Giants (July 13, 2003). "Giants trade Matt Herges to Diamondbacks for Doug DeVore". Sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  9. ^ Yanik, Kevin. "Notes: Shuffling up the 'pen". Arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  10. ^ "Cleveland Indians invite right-handers Jack Cassel and Matt Herges to spring training". Cleveland.com. January 16, 2009. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  11. ^ "Cleveland Indians promote Matt Herges, option Rafael Perez to Columbus". Cleveland.com. May 6, 2009. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  12. ^ "Indians – DFAed Herges". Baseballthinkfactory.org. July 4, 2009. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  13. ^ Renck, Troy E. (March 3, 2015). "Rockies bring back Herges on minor league deal". Denverpost.com. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  14. ^ Gurnick, Ken (January 20, 2016). "Davis joins Dodgers as an instructor". Losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  15. ^ Weisman, Jon (January 12, 2015). "Dodgers announce 2015 minor-league coaching staff". Dodgers.com. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  16. ^ Oklahoma City Dodgers (January 14, 2016). "OKC Dodgers Announce 2016 Coaching Staff". milb.com. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  17. ^ "Rockies' Herges, Hill admit using steroids, HGH". Cbc.ca. February 13, 2008. Retrieved October 26, 2017.

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