Matt Herges

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Matt Herges
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Herges with the Cleveland Indians
Relief pitcher
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 record 43–35
Earned run average 3.91
Strikeouts 473

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.

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 pitching coach of the Tulsa Drillers, the Class AA affiliate of the L.A. Dodgers.

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Herges warming up in the bullpen


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 and 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 offseason.[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 had a 20–13 record and a 3.38 ERA.

Herges went in to 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 signed as a free agent with the Colorado Rockies on February 18, 2007. With this signing, he tied outfielder Steve Finley for 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 SkySox 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 313 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.


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 the pitching coast job with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League.[15]

Steroid use

After he was mentioned in the Mitchell Report, Herges admitted that he had used steroids and HGH during his career.[16]


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