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Matt LaPorta | First Baseman

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/8/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Matt LaPorta has retired from baseball.
The former first-round pick never panned out in the majors and has now decided to open up 18 Pie Five Pizza places throughout Tampa beginning in early 2015. LaPorta, 29, hit just .238/.301/.393 over parts of four seasons in the big leagues. Jul 11 - 2:30 PM

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According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, Matt LaPorta has joined Pirates de Campeche in Mexico.

LaPorta was released by the Orioles near the end of spring training and wasn't able to land with a different MLB-affiliated club. The former first-round pick of the Brewers turned 29 years old this winter and is doubtful to ever make it back to the big leagues.
May 5 - 3:41 PM

Orioles released 1B/OF Matt LaPorta.

LaPorta didn't receive an invite to big league camp this spring, and the O's were unable to find room for him on the Triple-A roster. The former first-rounder is a career .238/.301/.393 hitter at the big league level.
Mar 21 - 6:00 PM

Orioles signed 1B/OF Matt LaPorta to a minor league contract.

The deal does not include an invitation to spring training. A former first-round bust, LaPorta was either injured or at Triple-A in 2013, batting .238/.310/.476 with 10 homers in 44 International League games. He's merely organizational depth.
Feb 6 - 8:22 PM

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer writes that Matt LaPorta's career with the Indians could be over.

LaPorta, 28, became a minor league free agent earlier this month and it's unclear whether the Indians intend to bring him back. The former top prospect was limited to 57 games in the minors this season after hip surgery and owns a disappointing .238/.301/.393 batting line in the majors.
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 08:28:00 AM

Indians optioned RHPs Trey Haley, CC Lee and Danny Salazar, LHP T.J. House and OF Tim Fedroff to Triple-A Columbus and reassigned 1B Matt LaPorta, RHP Fernando Nieve and C Roberto Perez to minor league camp.

No surprises here. LaPorta was probably already a longshot to make the team even if his surgically-repaired hips hadn't kept him out of Grapefruit League play. He'll continue his rehab in minor league camp.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 12:53:00 PM

Matt LaPorta (hip) will not begin playing in Grapefruit League games until mid-March.

LaPorta is recovering from hip surgery and isn't quite ready to go at it full-bore. He should have no problem being ready by Opening Day, but he's not a good bet to crack the Opening Day roster. "Opening Day is not the finish line for him," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "And he knows that."
Wed, Feb 13, 2013 06:35:00 PM

Matt LaPorta admitted Sunday that his surgically-repaired left hip was an issue for him throughout the season.

The condition was so bad that LaPorta wondered some morning how he was able to walk. The 28-year-old had a procedure on the hip in October and enters spring training ready to go, but he'll have to fight for a roster spot after being removed from the 40-man roster over the winter.
Sun, Feb 10, 2013 01:22:00 PM

Indians sent 1B Matt LaPorta outright to Triple-A Columbus.

LaPorta, 27, spent most of 2012 at Triple-A, batting .264/.350/.472 with 19 homers. The former top prospect has failed to establish himself in the majors.
Tue, Nov 20, 2012 06:46:00 PM

Matt LaPorta underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left hip Thursday.

LaPorta will need three to four months of recovery time, but is expected to be healthy in time for spring training. The former top prospect batted .241 (14-for-58) with one home run, five RBI and a 17/1 K/BB ratio in 22 games with the Indians this season and will enter next year out of options.
Thu, Oct 18, 2012 04:16:00 PM

Matt LaPorta had a terrific day at the plate in Thursday’s victory over the Rangers, going 3-for-4 with a two-run homer.

The 27-year-old former top prospect is again struggling to make the most of his opportunity with the big club, hitting just .237 with a homer and three RBI in his first 38 at-bats. There’s still plenty of potential here, but his window to make an impact is closing quickly.
Thu, Sep 13, 2012 11:23:00 PM

Indians recalled 1B Matt LaPorta from Triple-A Columbus.

LaPorta is starting at first base against the Yankees on Friday. The former top prospect hasn't exactly mashed on the farm this season, posting a .264/.350/.472 slash in 434 plate appearances. Returning to a career .237/.302/.395 MLB line, he's not a compelling add in AL-only leagues.
Fri, Aug 24, 2012 03:17:00 PM

Indians optioned 1B-OF Matt LaPorta to Triple-A Columbus.

He was sent down to make room for the newly-claimed Esmil Rogers on the active roster. LaPorta went 2-for-11 (.182) during his brief stay with the team and figures to return later this summer.
Wed, Jun 13, 2012 03:47:00 PM

Indians recalled 1B-OF Matt LaPorta from Triple-A Columbus.

He's taking the roster spot of Johnny Damon, who was placed on the paternity leave list. LaPorta has mashed at Triple-A this season, batting .307 with 14 homers and 32 RBI in 46 games. But, of course, hitting minor league pitching has never been his problem. Even though the Indians have received little production from first base and left field this season, he's no guarantee to stick around once Damon returns.
Sun, Jun 3, 2012 09:39:00 AM

Indians optioned 1B Matt LaPorta to Triple-A Columbus.

The Indians want LaPorta to get regular playing time, and it simply wouldn't have been available to him in the major leagues. Casey Kotchman will start at first base.
Tue, Mar 27, 2012 11:48:00 AM

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