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Mike Matheny | Catcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (43) / 9/22/1970
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 227
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Cardinals signed manager Mike Matheny to a three-year contract extension.
Matheny was already under contract through 2014, but the Cardinals now have him locked up through 2017. He owns an impressive 185-139 record over his first two seasons as a big league manager. Wed, Nov 20, 2013 03:19:00 PM

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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have signed manager Mike Matheny and general manager John Mozeliak to contract extensions.

Matheny was extended through 2014 and Mozeliak was extended through 2016. Matheny, who originally signed a two-year deal, led the Cardinals to 88 regular-season wins and an NLCS appearance last season as a rookie manager. Mozeliak has crafted one of the best 25-man rosters in the league and has helped cultivate an elite farm system. The Redbirds are poised for a long, successful run under both Matheny and Mo.
Thu, Feb 14, 2013 08:37:00 AM

Giants announced the retirement of catcher Mike Matheny.

We're assuming he's going to get paid anyway. Matheny, who was told he shouldn't play again due to post-concussion syndrome, was entering the last season of the three-year, $10.5 million contract that Brian Sabean gave him after 2004. Matheny was a Gold Glove defender for most of his career, but he hit just .239/.293/.344 in 3,877 at-bats over 13 seasons. Knowing he was unlikely to play this season, the Giants signed Bengie Molina to a three-year deal earlier this winter.
Thu, Feb 1, 2007 07:46:00 PM

Giants GM Brain Sabean said that Mike Matheny's medical evaluation last week "did not go well. He was not cleared to play."

Matheny has been unable to recover from post-concussion syndrome, and while a comeback hasn't been ruled out, it's unlikely that he'll play next season.
Fri, Dec 15, 2006 01:27:00 PM

Mike Matheny (post-concussion syndrome) hasn't been examined recently, but the Giants remain pessimistic about his chances of contributing next season.

His next examination is scheduled for December. Agent John Boggs said Matheny's condition is unchanged and he hasn't attempted to elevate his heart rate. Because of Matheny's status, the Giants are expected to bring in a catcher this winter.
Fri, Nov 17, 2006 11:25:00 AM

The Giants plan to re-evaluate catcher Mike Matheny's recovery from post-concussion syndrome in December.

Matheny's future is very much in doubt, but the Giants would like to find out if there's any chance he'll return next year before they think about acquiring another catcher. Rookie Eliezer Alfonzo showed a lot this season and could enter next year as the starter, though a trade for Johnny Estrada is another possibility. It's possible that Matheny won't ever play again.
Tue, Oct 3, 2006 08:45:00 AM

Mike Matheny is still being bothered by post-concussion syndrome and his career is in jeopardy as a result.

Matheny is still being bothered by frequent memory lapses that have affected him beyong the baseball field. He's not willing to admit that his career is over, but the longer these post-concussions symptons linger the worse the odds are of a return. It'd be a shame if he has to go out like this.
Sat, Sep 16, 2006 11:01:00 AM

Mike Matheny won't play again this season after making little progress in his recovery from a concussion over the last two months.

"This does not mean his career is over," trainer Stan Conte said. "It means we need more time for the symptoms to subside." Matheny, in the second year of a three-year, $10.5 million contract, hit just .231/.276/.338 in 160 at-bats before getting hurt. The Giants will say they miss his defense and leadership, but the offense that Eliezer Alfonzo has provided since Matheny went down has probably more than made up for it.
Wed, Aug 2, 2006 08:06:00 PM

Giants transferred catcher Mike Matheny from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list.

Matheny will be eligible to come off the DL at the end of the month, but the Giants are calling him 50-50 to return from a concussion this season.
Sun, Jul 16, 2006 03:48:00 PM

According to Giants manager Felipe Alou, Mike Matheny (concussion) is 50-50 to come back this season.

"Even if he came back in three weeks or a month, how long would it take [to be playable]?" Alou said. The Giants have been a better team with Eliezer Alfonzo and Todd Greene sharing catching duties, but they would still like to get Matheny back at some point.
Sat, Jul 15, 2006 05:40:00 PM

Trainer Stan Conte said Friday that he expects Mike Matheny (concussion) to play again this season.

There had been reports that Matheny, who has been out since May 31, will not be back. "Based on everything people have told me, he will be able to play again this year," Conte said. "That said, the most important thing is that we not put him into harm's way."
Sat, Jul 8, 2006 10:35:00 AM

For the first time since suffering a concussion Mike Matheny was able to catch a pitcher in the bullpen.

Matheny suffered the concussion in early June. He has been able to take batting practice and could leave for a minor league rehab assignment around the All-Star break.
Sun, Jul 2, 2006 09:57:00 AM

Mike Matheny took batting practice on Sunday for the first time since suffering a concussion in early June.

``We're kind of excited about having something positive to go with,'' Matheny said. The Giants have no timeline for when they think Matheny will be healthy enough to return to the lineup.
Mon, Jun 26, 2006 11:07:00 AM

Mike Matheny will begin light baseball exercises on Tuesday including throwing and hitting off a tee.

Matheny has experienced headaches and dizziness since suffering a concussion on May 31. He is still several weeks from returning to the Giants. Todd Greene and Eliezer Alfonzo will continue split time between the plate.
Tue, Jun 20, 2006 11:31:00 AM

Mike Matheny was eligible to return from the disabled list Friday, but did not because he's still experiencing post-concussion symptoms.

Matheny is expected to visit a head-trauma specialist next week, with Todd Greene and Eliezer Alfonzo continuing to split time in his place.
Sat, Jun 17, 2006 10:16:00 AM

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