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Matt Nokes

MLB Player information
NameMatt Nokes
MLB debutSeptember 3, 1985 for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearanceSeptember 27, 1995 for the Colorado Rockies
Career statistics
Batting average.254
Home runs136
Runs batted in422
* San Francisco Giants (1985) * Detroit Tigers (1986 1990) * New York Yankees (1990 1994) * Baltimore Orioles (1995) * Colorado Rockies (1995)

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Matthew Dodge Nokes (born October 31, 1963, in San Diego, California) is a retired American professional baseball catcher and designated hitter. He played eleven seasons in Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants (1985), the Detroit Tigers (1986 1990), New York Yankees (1990 1994), the Baltimore Orioles, and the Colorado Rockies (1995). He batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He also had experience at first base, third base, and left and right fields.

Nokes was drafted by the Giants in the 20th round of the 1981 amateur draft. He debuted in the major leagues on September 3, 1985 against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies, collecting two hits in four at bats. In 1987, his rookie year, he had his finest statistical season, batting .289, hitting 32 home runs, (at the time a record for a rookie Catcher) and driving in 87 runs. In that year, he was elected to the American League All-Star Game roster, won the Silver Slugger Award, selected to the Topps Rookie All-Star team, and finished third in voting for the American League Rookie of the Year award.

Following his major league career, Matt Nokes played for the St. Paul Saints of the Northern League in 1998 and 1999, with a brief two-game stint with the now-defunct Cafeteros de Córdoba team of the Mexican League. He spent 2001 as a player/coach for the Schaumburg Flyers and managed the Joliet Jackhammers of the Northern League in 2002 and 2003.

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