Saturday, August 09, 2014

Brandon Belt = Mike Matheny?

Among the more depressing developments in a season that's had plenty of them for us Giants fans is the multiple times that Brandon Belt has wound up on the DL. As noted in the SF Chron's game story, he's back on there for 7 days due to the concussion he suffered a few weeks ago.

I'm glad that MLB is taking concussions seriously. Mike Matheny, who was a pretty solid defensive catcher, played his last game in the MLB after getting concussed in a Giants uni back on May 31, 2006. Let's hope that Belt can come back soon!

Mike had a fine 2005 for the Orange and Black -- here's the Wikipedia entry about his Giants career ...

Matheny signed a three-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on December 13, 2004. The next season, he displayed a rare power surge, amassing career-highs with 13 home runs, 34 doubles, a .406 slugging percentage and 59 runs batted in (RBIs). Matheny continued his defensive excellence, compiling a team-record .999 fielding percentage and leading National League catchers with 13 double plays, 77 assists and 39 would-be base-stealers caught stealing, earning his fourth Gold Glove.[1][2] He also took home the Willie Mac Award that year, accorded annually to a San Francisco Giant for spirit and leadership.[19]
Matheny landed on the disabled list on May 31, 2006 after a series of foul balls caromed off his mask, resulting in a serious concussion.[20] In July, the Giants announced that he would not return for the remainder of the season and that his career status was in doubt. MLB.com's Giants beat writer, Rich Draper, articulated that Matheny's career was likely over due to continued struggles with post-concussion syndrome.[21]

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