|Matt Manning Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 6 in|
|Date of Birth||January 28, 1998|
Matt Manning is an American professional baseball player who has played, as a pitcher, for the Detroit Tigers (2021-Present) in MLB (Major League Baseball, the oldest major professional sports league in the world). The Detroit Tigers had selected him 9th overall in the 1st round of the 2016 MLB Draft – Matt eventually made his MLB debut for that team in June 2021.
Matthew George Manning
Elk Grove, Sacramento County, California, United States
Matt had attended Sheldon High School, a 9th-12th grade college-preparatory school located in Vineyard, a census-designated place in Sacramento County, California.
After his high school graduation, he committed to attend Loyola Marymount University, a private Jesuit and Marymount research university in Los Angeles, California, to play college baseball as well as college basketball. However, after the Detroit Tigers selected him in the 2016 MLB Draft, he signed up with that franchise instead of joining the university.
Professional Baseball Player
- Father – Richard Alan ‘Rich’ Manning (Professional Basketball Player (Retired))
- Mother – Kristan Manning
- Siblings – Ryan Manning (Older Brother) (Basketball Player), Jake Manning (Younger Brother) (Volleyball Player)
- Others – Aaron Garcia (Father-in-Law) (Sports Administrator, American Football Player (Retired))
25 – Detroit Tigers
6 ft 6 in or 198 cm
88 kg or 194 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Matt has dated –
- Gigi Garcia (2017-Present) – Matt began dating his childhood acquaintance Gigi Garcia in 2017. They eventually got married in November 2022.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of American descent.
- Toned physique
- Towering frame
- Short-cropped, side-parted hair
- Often sports a thin beard
Matt Manning Facts
- Matt used to play both baseball and basketball in high school. After his freshman year, he had considered quitting baseball to focus on basketball. However, things changed over the next few months and he began to focus on his baseball pitching in his junior year.
- After the Detroit Tigers selected him in the 2016 MLB Draft, Matt was assigned to the Gulf Coast Tigers, a rookie-level affiliate of the Detroit Tigers that was competing in the Gulf Coast League – a minor league baseball league operating in the state of Florida.
- Between 2017 and 2019, he turned out for several other minor league and lower league affiliate teams of the Detroit Tigers. In January 2020, he was a non-roster invitee of the Detroit Tigers for preseason training but the season was postponed due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- In June 2021, it was announced that Matt would be promoted to the major leagues for the first time. He made his MLB debut on June 17, 2021, as the Detroit Tigers’ starting pitcher against the Los Angeles Angels.
- On July 8, 2023, representing the Detroit Tigers, in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Matt pitched the first 6.2 innings of a ‘combined no-hitter’ that was completed by relief pitchers Jason Foley and Alex Lange. An official ‘no-hit’ game occurs when a pitcher (or a pitching staff) allows no hits during the entire course of a game which consists of at least 9 innings.
- A ‘no-hitter’ is a rare occurrence – only 320 have been thrown in MLB history (since 1876) – an average of about 2 per year. In most cases, ‘no-hitters’ are recorded by a single pitcher who throws a complete game. A ‘combined no-hitter’ occurs when a combination of starting and relief pitchers is involved.
Featured Image by The Detroit Free Press / Instagram